Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Quilt Embroidery

I have never made a  quilt with embroidered squares before. However, I need to make one faster than usual for my brother's upcoming birthday.  I couldn't decide what to do for a while.  Then Monday afternoon (after my trip to the dentist for a cleaning) I had an idea.  You see, my brother is a big fan of the University of Alabama football team.  But here they are just known as Alabama or Bama or even "The Tide."   I believe they just won some important game. But then I am not a big sports fan. LOL.
So, I had some of this licensed fabric which I bought before I knew you can't make items with it to sell. Ahhhh!  I will make him a quilt.  When I got home I found the fabric. Hmmmm...there is only about 7/8's of a yard. Now what?   So I hunted thru the stash for some fabric to go with it. All I could find was a mottled black.
A light bulb flashed in my brain.  I could do some embroidery with the new machine on the black.
So I did these:

The football is really brown, but this thread really reflects the light. The licensed fabric is in the back of my embroidered squares.

Today I was talking to a co-worker about it and he (yes I said HE) said "why don't you get one of your Dad's shirts and use some of that in it?  That will make it even more special."  Cool idea!
At Mom's this evening, I asked her about shirts.  She said "He had one red one that you could use." We found it, and in the process found one other shirt that I will be using in the backing and maybe a little on the front.
So I cut up the red shirt and made two of these.  This is the first on still in the hoop on the machine.

I think he will really like this quilt.   I don't think I will have it done by his birthday, but I will be able to show him some pictures. LOL.  I hope it is worth waiting for.
Oh, I will be making big squares and doing this in my method of Quilt as You Go..which is a slight variation on Marguerite McManus' method in Finish almost Any Quilt.

15 comments:

Tonya said...

that looks great, can't wait to see the finished quilt

A.J. Dub. said...

Great idea!

Exuberant Color said...

Great use of embroidery for the quilt! I'm sure he'll love it!

Sue said...

Wow Gene, you're so creative. I'm sure he'll really love it. Don't forget to show us a photo when it's finished!

Donna said...

Super fantastic! Roll Tide!

Sharon said...

Gene I am sure he will really love it, how could he not when it is something made from the heart.....

Cyndi said...

That is going to be a fantastic quilt, er, for a Bama fan, that is! LOL!!! In all seriousness, your brother is going to love it. And that was a great idea to use your embroidery machine, AND a couple of your dad's shirts. It will be a very special gift, for sure. But Gene, did you have to remind me of that "big" game? :o( I would much rather forget that forever!

XOXO,

Cyndi

SeeingStars said...

You've found a terrific way to make a gift quilt even more meaningful with your father's shirts and your embroidery. Way to go! It's looking good so far. :)

ooglebloops said...

That new machine is really paying for itself - beautiful work!!! Lucky brother!!!
Glad you made it thru the bad weather unscathed!!!

Patti Williams said...

I'm sure your brother will love it!

War Eagle!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Aren't you having a great time......grin.

Rhonda said...

You are really good with that machine.... way to go.

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Nice work...great quilt but...wrong TEAM....GO DAWGS!!! nuf said.

JanyceR said...

Looks great and what a wonderful and heartfelt gift for your brother!

sewmeow said...

Gene..you and that new machine are really making some wonderful things/quilts. Your brother's GOing to be so excited. Great job.