Awesome! Maverick Mustache Quilt

Do you like my mustache?
Do you like my mustache?

Well, hello there – do you like my mustache?

Ok – this is an old photo, but just one of many of me wearing mustaches!

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been a bit obsessed with mustaches for quite a while.

Maybe it’s because I look so good in a mustache!

Mustache loot!
Mustache loot!

It seems as though popular culture has caught up with me because I’ve been getting the most wonderful gifts lately – all adorned with mustaches!

On Christmas my husband looked at my loot and asked me if I invented this whole mustache thing. “Yes,” I replied with aplomb, “I invented the mustache!”

M is for Mustache wall-hanging, by Ashley; 2011
M is for Mustache wall-hanging, by Ashley; 2011

The first of my mustache gifts was this wonderful little quilt made especially for me by the creative and funny, Ashley J.

Awesome Mustache Quilt, 47" x 54" by Alethea Ballard; 2012
Awesome Mustache Quilt, 47″ x 54″ by Alethea Ballard; 2012

So, inspired by Ashley’s wall-hanging, I had to make a quilt covered with mustaches!

Otto's 'Stache
Otto’s ‘Stache

First, I drew pages of mustache outlines and pulled out fabrics that looked like mustache hair. Second, I went into my husband’s closet, pulled out a shirt that he didn’t wear too often and cut it up into quilt blocks! Third, I went to the thrift store and bought a bunch more shirts to cut up for the quilt! Why not?

Awesome Quilt detail
Awesome Mustache Quilt detail

It’s probably weird how much I laughed and cackled while I made this quilt! Really weird – and a little creepy.

The most fun part was naming the different mustache styles.

Inspired by Magnum P.I.
Inspired by Magnum P.I.

This one was inspired by Tom Selleck’s mustache from Magnum P.I.

So many people loved this quilt that I made up a pattern so ANYONE can make one of their own!!! That means you!

I’ve created a big PDF file with full-sized templates for the mustaches and I’ve posted it up on Craftsy.com. If you want to join my lunacy and make your own version this quilt, you can download it in a milli-jiffy from Craftsy – here’s the link! Be sure to email me photos of your Awesome Mustache Quilts- nothing would give me more pleasure than to see more versions of the Awesome Mustache Quilt!!!

Well, hello there!
Well, hello there!

My keychain says, “Well, hello there!” when you push a little button. Thank you, Catherine J!

…told you I look good in a mustache!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the Loving Hearts Quilt

Loving Hearts
Loving Hearts

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and since it is February, you can see that my quilt finishing schedule is about four months behind.  I think I will have the Christmas quilts finished by April, but who is counting.

I want to share with you a special quilt that I made.

Love for Susan
Love for Susan

Some of you have seen a quilt on my website called Love for Susan. It was made for a dear friend when she was recovering from unexpected surgery about three years ago. I was able to get it done by the time she was sent home from the hospital and I was happy to wrap her in love and affection. She uses it all the time and has washed it many times. With the raw-edge appliques it is just soft and yummy.

I love you cup from Starbucks
I love you cup from Starbucks

The idea for the quilt came from a cup that was distributed by Starbucks. I loved the flowers which were created by hearts. It was an easy project to design and the way I made it allowed for my family help me assemble the top. For Susan’s quilt, my husband and one of my nephews glued the appliques for me and working as a team we got that sucker done in a day!

When I learned that a friend and colleague from my husband Steve and son Nathan’s work was mounting an epic battle against breast cancer, I immediately wanted to make her a quilt like Love for Susan. However, many things slowed the progress and it took me a long time to finish the project. I made all the appliques and Steve and Nathan worked with me to glue them in place. It was so nice to be able to do this together. This month we were finally able to give it to her.

She has endured three surgeries, rounds of chemotherapy and now radiation, but she is fighting a good fight and we were so glad to finally give her a token of our love, support and admiration.

I can share the ideas and designs of this quilt with you and give you instructions to make it, but because the design was distributed by Starbucks and is likely under copyright, none of us can make the pattern or the quilt to sell. But I am sure they won’t mind if we share the Loving Hearts Quilt with friends and family. It is so pretty and quick to make when you really want to support someone special.

Close up of Loving Hearts flower
Close up of Loving Hearts flower

Here’s how to make the Loving Hearts Quilt

Send me an email at maverickquilts at gmail dot com and I will email you templates for the hearts and leaves

Materials needed:

Background piece of fabric 55″ x 70″ (can be pieced if you can’t get wide yardage)

Scraps of pink fabrics

Scraps of green fabrics about 6″ x 10″

Large scraps of green fabrics (2) about 14″ x 18″

Freezer paper

UHU Glue stick or lightweight fusible web (see note below)

Sewing Directions:

1.  Make three heart sizes by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting it into three sizes (or use templates from my email – see note above). Begin with pieces of paper 6″, 5″ and 4″. Transfer the templates onto freezer paper.

2.  Rough cut chunks of pink fabrics in the three sizes. 15 of each size for a total of 45.

Note: At this point you can add fusible to the backs of each piece of fabric if you don’t like the raw-edge look and don’t want the edges to fray. Trace the heart pattern to the paper side of the fusible.

Step 3 - stack 5 pieces of fabric
Step 3 - stack 3 pieces of fabric, press to nestle the fibers

3.  Press 3 pieces of fabric in a stack

Step 4 - Pin
Step 4 - Pin

4.  Pin with flat head pins

Step 5 - Press freezer paper in place
Step 5 - Press freezer paper in place

5.  Iron the freezer paper template to the top of the stack, on top of the pins

Step 6 - cut
Step 6 - cut

6. Cut out the hearts.

Remove the freezer paper
Remove the freezer paper

create 15 of each size

7.  Use the same technique to create 22 small leaves and 2 large leaves.

8.  Create the flower stems by cutting a 1 1/2″ strip of fabric and dividing it about 2/3 of the way.

9.  Create the leaf stems by cutting a strip of fabric 3/4″ and subcut it into 22 stems 1 3/4″ long.

10.  Cut the background fabric to 55″ x 70,” or so. Put it on a large flat surface with sheets underneath (so you can iron on it) or on a design wall that you can iron on.

Step 11 - create flowers
Step 11 - create flowers

11.  begin creating the flowers by laying out 5 hearts for the middle, then add the next layer of (10) hearts to surround the center.

Step 12 - create all the flowers and add stem
Step 12 - create all the flowers and add stem

12.  Get all the flowers in place.

13.  Add the border leaves, leaf stems, flower stems and flower leaves.

14.  Fuss it all until it looks balanced and even.

Note: If you are using fusible,  press everything in place now.

Glueing instructions:

Get some help! I was able to make this quilt as a family project. My husband and my son each manned a glue stick (I prefer UHU brand) and I wielded the iron. I handed a heart to one of them and marked and removed the next one. They would glue the back side, and I would put the hearts back on the background and iron them in place. It felt good to all do something together for someone we care about.

a.  Mark each heart’s location on the background with a pin at the point and a pin at the ‘v’.

b.  Add glue to the entire back of heart, taking care not to stretch out the bias parts too much.

c.  Repeat the same system for the leaves and stems.

Leaf quilting detail
Leaf quilting detail

Quilting ideas:

If you can get it quilted on a long arm, then the whole project can be completed fairly fast.

The top edge on the longarm
The top edge on the longarm

I quilted it with lots of circles on the backgrounds, leaf veins in the leaves and hearts and circles in the hearts. By sewing about 1/4″ inside the edge of each applique, I was able to create a raw edge. This will fray nicely when you wash the quilt.

Hearts quilting detail
Hearts quilting detail

Our friend is a really girly girl, so I had to use Minkee on the back and a puffy wool batting inside. It looked so great on the back!

Then I washed it on gentle in my washing machine and dried it on medium heat in the dryer.

When it comes out of the laundry, the raw edges need a little haircut in places to make everything look clean and tidy.

Loving Hearts Quilt, by Alethea Ballard; 2012
Loving Hearts Quilt, by Alethea Ballard; 2012

Send me photos and messages when you finish your quilts. We can all get strength from sharing love with the brave people who are fighting cancer.

Wednesday Night Live – Who’s the girl with the mustache?

Sometimes a girl just needs a mustache
Sometimes a girl just needs a mustache

Forty-four lucky people saw me paint on fabric live online!

If you missed it, you can still go and watch it at http://www.ctpubblog.com/2011/05/04/wednesday-night-live-replay-15/

Here are the visuals that go with the demo.  They all show different examples of painting on fabric.

On this blog site you can always double click on the photos and see them enlarged.

I wanted to remove the shadow under her nose
I wanted to remove the shadow under her nose
Lupe after nose job
Lupe after nose job
I added green to create depth around all the pieces of this chair
I added green to create depth around all the pieces of this chair
Dark blue, orange, and white help create grout for the tiles
Dark blue, orange, and white help create grout for the tiles
Darks and lights create dimension
Darks and lights create dimension
On a two-color fabric like this, you can add almost any color
On a two-color fabric like this, you can add almost any color
Add a color to make a fabric match your project
Add a color to make a fabric match your project
White and black can enhance stripes
White and black can enhance stripes
I added light green and white to the left side
I added light green and white to the left side
I altered the center section of this fabric with several colors
I altered the center section of this fabric with several colors

Dream Chair Corral – Volkswagen!?!

Volkswagen Bug Quilt- by Chris Leach
Volkswagen Bug Quilt - by Chris Leach

OK, so it’s not a chair, but the is quilt was made using the same style as the chairs, so that counts!

My teacher’s pet, Chris Leach, (now Karla, calm down) has sent me photos of her cool Volkswagen Bug Quilt, and I just had to share it with my dear readers!

Chris used steam a seam and fused the raw edge applique, just like we do with the chairs!  Then she took the time to made the black stitching, which really serves to define the shapes.  I know it was a pain to do, Chris, but it was totally worth it!

Volkswagen Bug Quilt - Super close up
Volkswagen Bug Quilt - Super close up

I absolutely love the background map fabric and the peace sign border.

But, I think my two favorite parts are the flowered fabric on the hood and the polka dot interior!  Oh, and the black dot bumper and the way the wheels are turned.

Volkswagen Bug Quilt - Close up
Volkswagen Bug Quilt - Close up

Chris has also made some very cool chairs.  Love them!

Chris's Tree Chair Quilt
Chris's Tree Chair Quilt
Beagle Chair by Linda Axford

Dream Chair Corral – Beagle Chair

 

Beagle Chair by Linda Axford
Beagle Chair by Linda Axford

Bay Area graphic designer and quilter, Linda Axford created this wonderful new chair.

Linda came to my Dream Chair Saturdays class, which is held once a month at Wooden Gate Quilts in Danville.  She had the quilt with her and we were able to share it with everyone in the class!

It is always so exciting for me to see the work that people are doing with inspiration from “Dream Chair Quilts.”

Linda used the beagle pattern she found in Carol Armstrong’s book of cool dog applique patterns called “Best in Show.”  It was just the perfect size for the chair and Linda just put it right on the seat!

Beagle Chair close up
Beagle Chair close up

The chair is embellished with two sizes of ric rac and has lovely quilting!  Linda is a dab hand at using the Roxanne’s Glue Baste it.  She places little dots of glue from the tiny applicator tip and uses it to tack the ric rac into place until she can sew over it!  It’s a great way to hold the embellishments in place without using pins!

Of course, I love when anyone uses glue on their quilts – so Maverick!

I look forward to seeing more of Linda’s work!

Beagle Chair detail
Beagle Chair detail