Tuesday, February 9, 2016

T Stands For Another Quilt Post

Hi everyone! I'm glad you stopped by today, because I baked us a little treat for T Stands For Tuesday...

Double chocolate chip walnut cookies! I'll be enjoying mine right after lunch with a cup of this delicious green kiwi tea! I think I am becoming a "tea snob" because ever since I discovered the taste of full-leaf tea....I don't think I can ever go back to dunking a bag. Do the tea drinkers out there have a preference?

I have found that I really need to just get off the computer for awhile if I want to get anything done, and I am still attempting to be a "working" artist, so apologies for not being such a regular visitor last week. I am finishing up my T shirt quilt and thought I would show more photos and explain about the lettering.
Here it is with all the connectors cut and removed--certainly easier to read. I even added our names and wedding date at the bottom.
Some people asked about my machine and if it is computerized. Well, yes, but not really in a fancy way. He has decorative stitches and letters built in--no dies and no other symbols can be added.

The charts on the right side of the machine list the symbols the machine can make & have a number above it. At the top of the machine you will see a screen and some buttons. You use the button to enter the correct numbers. Sounds simple, but it is really easy to get confused or enter the wrong code, or even forget to add a space. So I was quite proud that with all those line of stitching, I only see one spacing error which didn't look bad enough to correct.
I printed out what I wanted to do in stitching and as I entered the codes, crossed off each letter and space. By the time I got to the 2nd & 3rd verses of the song which were repeats, I decided to make a chart I could follow (sheet on the right) so I would not have to figure it out the second time. All this was then complicated by the fact that the machine can only hold 35 characters (including spaces) at a time and many lines were longer than this. So when the machine stopped (as in finishing a line of programming) I just punched in the rest of the line and continued with the fabric still in place. I did not do all this in one day! But when I was finished and put the rest of the block together, and then added the sashing and borders....
This is where I am right now! I have some tropical appliques that I am thinking of adding before I back the quilt. They are good for covering up the odd stain or two on the shirts that just would not come out. I hope to be finished by next week so I can move onto other projects.

I appreciate you stopping by and all the kind comments I have received. Happy T Day!

24 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Your quilt is really wonderful, and I also love the look of those cookies! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wow.. what an amazing quilt - gorgeous ...
Thank you - I will take at least one of this delicious looking cookies!
Happy T-Day!

johanna said...

your quilt is a hoot, best idea ever!! i really love how it turns out.
have a great week and thanks for visiting!

Darla said...

Pass the cookies while I read the text on the quilt. What amazing work.

Darla said...

PS - To answer your question on my blog, I have a pair of socks on the needles but no other projects in the cue. Never made fingerless gloves so no help there. Will be watching to see which pattern you choose.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is turning out even better than I imagined. You have done a fantastic job. Gosh, I have a machine that sews forward and backward, zigs and zags, but has no feed dogs to drop, so I would say yours is pretty dog-gone amazing.

To answer your tea question. You know I'm not a big fan of tea, but when I drink it, unless I'm doing an art project and need tea bags for my art, I am a leaf person. The other (in my opinion) is just powdered dust in a bag. Of course, I also grind each batch of coffee beans I make as I make a pot, too, so I have a definite snob thing going when it comes to both coffee and tea.

Thanks for sharing your wedding quilt and baking cookies for us for T this Tuesday. Thanks too, for sharing your tea, which is NOT being a snob, but caring for your taste buds.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That first sentence referred to your quilt. I obviously need more coffee.

Dianne said...

truly fabulous project! love the quilt...and the memories you are keeping with its creation. and thanks for sharing the yummy cookies with us!!

~*~Patty S said...

Double chocolate you say ♥ I'll be right over!
Your quilt is such a precious keepsake already.
The lettering is fabulous...such a great font too.
Happy T Day dear Debbie oxo

Divers and Sundry said...

Cookies? Yes, please :)

I don't have a sewing machine, and mine was very bare-bones when I did. Yours looks very fancy!

Happy T Tuesday.

Linda Kunsman said...

Oh I'll definitely have one of those cookies please-yum! Your quilt is so wonderful looking and wow that sewing machine is something too. Happy T day!

Flowermouse Design ❀ Lone said...

If I lived near you there would NOT be any cookies left!! LOL!! What a great job you did with the text on your quilt. And this is making so personal and special. The text sort of "sew" it all together. I love seeing this unfold!!!

Halle said...

So cool...technology is so much fun...when it works right. HA! Lovely quilt!
Happy T day!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Just read your comment about my "bad" photo. I kept telling people how horrible my camera was, and seeing these photos side by side really brings the point home. I've always said I'm not a bad photographer, just never had a good digital camera. This seems to prove it, at least.

Lisca Meijer said...

Yes, yumm, thank you for the cookies!
Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for explaining how it is done. It sounds very complicated.
Haha, you got me humming the song and now i cannot get it out of my head!

Blogoratti said...

Great work and project indeed, best wishes!

Karla B said...

What a gorgeous quilt!I bought a sewing machine for my daughter.Hope she can make beautiful things as you do.happy T day!!

Carol said...

So very nice of you to bake and they look delish!!! Your quilt is amazing ♥ I have some old T's that would make a beautiful quilt is I would just gather up the courage to do it. :) I know hat you mean about spending less time in the computer :)

Krisha said...

Oh Debbie, this is a gorgeous quilt!!!

I know what you mean about getting off the computer and getting things done. It has been in the 70's the past couple of days and is supposed to continue to the weekend, so I'm battling an early case of "spring fever" too! Waaaaaay too early, but the sun has felt good....and I'll eat those words in about 3 months......LOL

Happy T-day and Happy Valentine's Day

Thanks for the earlier visit and the wonderful comment.

jinxxxygirl said...

Hmmmm.... a tea snob.... well i've never had full leaf tea or i might be... i don't drink tea often almost always coffee... I've only ever had bag tea... Happy belated Tday my dear! Hugs! deb

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

That is an amazing machine. I will take a cookie without the walnuts. LOL

Magic Love Crow said...

I have missed you girl! I was going to write and say Deb, where are you? LOL! I understand about getting off the computer for awhile! I truly don't think I'm going back to Facebook! LOL! But, back to you, can I have some cookies please? I will take 2! You can mail them to me! LOL! As for tea, I do like the loose tea better and I have 3 large cups of tea a day. The quilt is amazing! WOW! Seriously, it is amazing! So much work, but I know it was all done with lots of love! That is a cool sewing machine! Big Hugs!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Debbie, to answer your question about washing a quilt, I went to the experts at Sharpie. I edited my post, and this is what I added thanks to your great question:

Sharpie experts recommend first running the fabric through your dryer, or heat setting with an iron before washing for the first time. Then they recommend ONLY hand washing after that. However, they also warn that Sharpies will fade over time when washed. Be aware Sharpie painted fabric is not archival, either. So, if you don't plan to wash your fabric, or only hand once occasionally, the answer is "It's probably OK!!"

My name is Erika. said...

YUMMY! Now I need a snack!