Archive for T-shirt quilt

On Vacation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by madelincwolf

I am taking a mini vacation for a few days for some much needed R&R. Mourning is such hard work! I will leave you with a work that I recently completed.


Another T-shirt Quilt Done!

Posted in Quilting, Quilts, T-Shirt Quilts with tags , , , , on July 5, 2012 by madelincwolf

T-shirt Memory Quilt


At last!  I delivered this quilt to a very patient client on Tuesday.  She was thrilled to receive it.  I had made one last year for her brother for his Christmas present and would have finished hers a lot sooner had my husband’s cancer not reared it’s ugly head again.  It is a memory quilt containing not only her t-shirts but her mother’s blouses as well.  This type of t-shirt quilt is very challenging.  Going up and down the step stool from the design wall to the sewing machine, the ironing board and back up the stool is also great exercise!  Now, on to the next one.


Posted in Musings, Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 17, 2012 by madelincwolf

Everyday I go to see my husband in the Skilled  Nursing Facility, I wonder if this will be the last time I see him alive.  What will the day bring?  Will he have lucid moments when he will call me ‘Babydoll’ and ask about his boys?  Or, will he talk about the snakes and going to the airport down the street to go flying or the cut baby that just happens to be a bunching of the sheets.  Will the antibiotics help him get over the pneumonia in his left lung?  Will he eat with difficulty, or will he have no problems at all.  I just have to go with the flow and accept what is happening to him.  I am thankful for the good moments that I have had.  I have already started to think about making a memory quilt.  Weird.

Year-end Musings

Posted in Photoshopped, Quilts, T-Shirt Quilts with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2011 by madelincwolf

Rosemary's Churn and Dash

The past couple of months have been difficult.  I have spent most of the time taking care of my husband and not making much art or doing much quilting.  And, I have forgiven myself for not posting.  My priorities shifted when they discovered my husband’s brain tumor and a subsequent suspicious area of his liver (low density is good, right?).  Today he had yet another CT  scan.  Next week he sees the oncologist and we will know (hopefully) what the outcome is and whether he will need more treatment.  On the good side, his hand is getting better and his writing is starting to become legible again.

The photos are of the two quilts I did manage to deliver before Christmas.  I cropped the red one pretty heavily since it was not bound and the other I tried an automated crop and straighten tool in Photoshop.

2012 is around the corner.  Let’s hope that it is a healthy, happy, safe and prosperous New Year!

Combination T-shirt and Memory Quilt

My Latest Quilt

Posted in Quilting, Quilts, T-Shirt Quilts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 9, 2011 by madelincwolf

Here is a photo of my latest T-shirt Quilt finished recently for a client’s son’s graduation present.  I had the usual challenge of making the randomly sized shirt parts fit together in a balanced and pleasing manner.  I think that the red binding really sets off the whole quilt.  My client was very happy with the outcome.

T-shirt quilts have unique requirements when compared with woven cotton quilts.  The t-shirt material must first be stabilized with a lightweight fusible interfacing to minimize  distortion while piecing and quilting the  quilt.  Much of the time that it takes to make a quilt of this nature involves the  preparation of the shirts, fusing and designing.  Even though this type of t-shirt quilt is more demanding than a straightforward  block set, I enjoy making it and find it more rewarding from an esthetic point of view.  The best part is seeing the response I get from my client when I show the finished quilt!  That is it’s own reward.


Quilts in the Library

Posted in Quilts with tags , , , on May 13, 2011 by madelincwolf

If you get the chance, visit the Central Branch of the Berkeley, CA Public Library.  The 30th annual quilt show is on now until early June.  There are some wonderful quilts, several of which are “out of the box” creations that use unusual materials like paper,wood, metal and plants.  Shredded bark as a batting in a paper quilt is about as unusual as they come.  Many of the quilts are post card size contained in display cases so you can get a close-up look.

I took a shot of my quilt “Sunshine” draped over my bed.  Sorry that the whole quilt isn’t shown.  I was in a hurry to deliver it and will have to wait until the show is over to take a better one.  My inspiration came from a book on decorative painting.  I started it several years ago and had a much bigger quilt with several borders, pieced and applique´d in mind.  The quilts could be no larger than 36″ square. I needed to finish it in a hurry, so there is minimal quilting.  I will add more later.  I am glad that I completed it in time!


Below is a shot of  a quilt I completed recently.  String quilt blocks are made of many small strips of fabric sewn to a foundation, most commonly newsprint, and in earlier times, muslin.  Plain alternate blocks and sashing set off the string blocks. The more fabrics used, the better.  It’s a great way to use up fabric scraps.

I am working on a client’s T-Shirt quilt for a graduation present and another ALN art challenge altering a city guide-book with 2 folded flip out maps, (I chose Paris).

Detail of String Quilt

May Special

Posted in quilt restoration, Quilts with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2011 by madelincwolf

Please see the May Special page in the list to the right.  I have changed the format for the special to a dollar amount instead of a percentage.  If you have a project that you have been thinking of getting completed or would like to consult on the restoration of a treasured quilt, please give me a call or send an e-mail. Or, if you just have a quilting or restoration question, please use me as a resource.  I enjoy helping my fellow quilters and quilt enthusiasts.

Spring is a time of awakening and renewal.  Good wishes to you all in all that you do.  Just remember to take some time to relax and just BE.  I’m also speaking to myself here!  It is so easy to let the to do list overtake one’s life.