Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Seen at my local Thrift Store

I thought this was neat. Not neat enough to pay money for (since I've always got that that feeling of "Oh, I could make that so easily!"), but interesting nevertheless. 

It's a pillow, embellished with T-Shirt Yarn. What a great idea! Simple concept; striking result.

A Pillow embellished with T-Shirt Yarn

Nifty, and so simple to construct ... there's a line of stitching holding the T-Shirt Yarn embellishments in place. I like it.

ProsperityStuff How to embellish a pillow with T-Shirt Yarn

So, I didn't make this, and didn't buy it, but wanted some pics for future reference ... I may try this idea sometime!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Another Progress Milestone

I recently arrived at another patchwork milestone ... 
All the "melon" pieces for my Double Wedding Ring Quilt are assembled.


My layout says I need 84 of these "melons" ... each one is made from two batik arches and two batik squares, and one navy-blue center piece.


So, it's been a lot of piecing ... I started this project about a year ago (see the first post about it here), and it has involved a lot of bits and pieces (see another post here).


I LOVE this fabric! The colors are great, and I think the bright colors look great against the navy blue.


So, now, the thing to do is to start assembling rows ... I'm excited about the progress!




Friday, August 1, 2014

A Blue T-Shirt Baby Quilt

Here's a just-finished baby quilt ... made from super-soft T-Shirts, and backed with cozy fleece.

ProsperityStuff Quilts: T-Shirt and Fleece baby quilt

Since a friend of mine recently had her fourth child -- and first boy -- I wanted the quilt to be extra boy-ish. So, I went with all-blue, and I wanted even the quilting to be distinctively "boy". 

ProsperityStuff Quilts: Football, Baseball, Basketball FMQ

Free-motion quilting footballs, baseballs, & basketballs all over seemed like the thing to do.

ProsperityStuff Quilts: Free-motion quilting football, baseball, basketball

It's sort of a new take on the quilting I did on my older son's NFL Quilt, and the quilting I did on my younger son's T-Shirt Sports Quilt

ProsperityStuff Quilts: T-Shirt Sports Baby Quilt

Even though the quilt doesn't technically have borders, I quilted the outside row of squares with wiggly lines, to give a little bit of an "edge" to the quilt.

ProsperityStuff Quilts: Free-motion quilting wiggly border

Even on the fleece, the quilting shows up well on the back of the quilt, which is neat.

ProsperityStuff Quilts: Free-motion quilting fleece and t-shirt quilt

I'm told that baby quilts made of T-Shirts are among the softest ones out there, and I'm hoping this one will be used and enjoyed.

ProsperityStuff Quilts: Fleece and T-Shirt patchwork jersey baby quilt

I'm always glad when I 'm able to give something tangible to congratulate a friend and welcome a new baby.

ProsperityStuff Quilts: Fleece and T-Shirt baby quilt wrapped in ribbon

Today's a great day to blog a finished quilt, because Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts has a Finish It Up Friday weekly link on her blog. I'll be linking this post there when her link-party is ready.

Leaders and Enders Milestone

This week, I reached a milestone on an ongoing project that I started a few years ago ...
In between, and among, other projects, I've been sewing together blue and white squares and rectangles ... (More pictures in previous posts here and here.) 

The milestone: I've got as many squares as I need!


A long time ago (in this post), I mentioned the inspiration and explanation for my Leaders and Enders project ... here's what I said (way back in 2011):

"A few weeks ago, I came across a neat concept at a blog called Jo's Country Junction ~ Her post about Leaders and Enders caught my eye ... and she linked her post to her inspiration at Quiltville ... fascinating stuff.

"Both of the links above have great, lengthy explanations ... but the short version is, if you sew together a couple of tiny squares, in between each seam of what you're really working on, the tiny squares keep you from having all those long threads at each end of what you're really working on. You sew straight from one piece onto another, then afterward, you snip the tiny thread between ... So, what you're really working on gets sewn, and the little squares you're sewing together for something else also get done."



So, my little hand-drawn chart says I need something like 260 blocks ... and this week, I counted them up, and I've got them!

The next step? Trim them all square, and then they'll be ready to assemble! 

I have no idea what I'll do with this quilt when it's done, but it'll end up being about twin-sized, which is a very versatile size, so I'm happy about that.






Monday, July 28, 2014

T-Shirt Yarn Basket

This was fun ... I made a Yarn Basket for my mom a couple months ago ... out of T-Shirt Yarn!


Evidently, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product before sending it off, but the basket ended up 6 or 8 inches tall, and something like 15 inches across. I was aiming for the idea I saw on Pinterest (see this pin) ... although I sort of made up my own pattern, rather than following that exact pattern.

I love the ease and the speed of crocheting with T-Shirt Yarn! T-Shirt Yarn crochet also makes great rugs (see pictures here, here and here.)

Friday, July 25, 2014

T-Shirt Sports Quilt - Reverse Applique & Quilt-As-You-Go

Recently, I finished this quilt for my youngest son ...


It's made of T-Shirt fabric - because T-Shirt Quilts are so fun ... and I've had fun trying my hand at Fancy T-Shirt-Quilt ideas, and Baby-Quilt T-Shirt Quilt ideas ... I decided to try my hand at the Sports-Quilt/Guy-Quilt variety of T-Shirt Quilt.


I was able to make great use of some of the T-Shirt scraps I had leftover from making T-Shirt Yarn ... and I had lots of fun trying Reverse Applique for the first time.


I also decided to use Quilt-As-You-Go techniques (modified a little), so I could work with just a small square at a time when I did the reverse-applique and the quilting.


All the fabric was cut from actual T-Shirts, except the green "sashing" strips, which were cut from a cotton jersey bed sheet.


The footballs and basketballs are my favorites ... I also included tennis balls and baseballs. And some beach balls and bouncy-balls. I sort of modified the football-quilting idea I used for my older son's NFL Quilt.


I might do a quick photo-tutorial sometime on how the reverse-applique-then-quilting went with the T-Shirt fabric. I love the fact that the T-Shirt fabrics won't fray, which helps a lot with this technique.


The picture below shows the back of the quilt -- also T-Shirt fabrics, so the quilt is super-cozy.


The whole quilt is fifty-something inches by sixty-something, so it's a nice throw-size/couch-size/kid-size quilt.


My little guy loves it, and so do I.


One of the fun things about this quilt is that I did most of the sewing on my new-to-me (Vintage, but nearly new!) Kenmore sewing machine that I got a few weeks ago for $10.00. It's an oldie but a goodie ... in really great shape, and barely (if ever) used. I love the durability and consistency of an older machine, and it's great for free-motion quilting!


I'm really pleased with how this quilt turned out.


Since this is a finish (YAY!) I'm linking this post to this week's Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts - It's one of my all-time-favorite quilting blogs, and the weekly links for finishes are always fun and inspirational!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New (Recycled!) things for sale ...

When I discovered T-Shirt Yarn, I was amazed at how nice it is to crochet with it. (See some of my other recycled T-Shirt projects by clicking the "T-Shirt Crafts" label in my blog sidebar.)


Earlier this year, when I had more T-Shirts that I could possibly use for a while, I made a set of T-Shirt Yarns to see if they would sell on eBay.


As it turns out, a lot of crafters seem to like the opportunity to buy already-made T-Shirt Yarn at a reasonable price.


So, when I have time, I've been making T-Shirt Yarn to sell on eBay and in my Etsy shop.


I love the fact that I can pass these along to people who will make beautiful things from them. 


In the same vein, I've done a lot of quilt-making with Jeans and Denim (See "Jeans" or "Denim" in the labels in my blog sidebar.) And since I'm not currently working on any Jeans Quilts, I've listed some pre-cut Jeans squares on eBay as well.


Colored ones, too!


Anytime you want to see my current craft items that are for sale, see the "ProsperityStuff on eBay" and "ProsperityStuff on Etsy" tabs in my blog header. (On the mobile version of this site, click next to the word "Home" for the pages/tabs menu, or click here for my eBay listings and here for my Etsy listings.

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