Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cactus Patch

I have finally finished making my Cactus Patch Quilt from Bonnie Hunter's book "Scraps and Shirttails". The inside of the blocks are made from 2 inch strips of men's shirts. It finished at 114X112. I used cotton Batting and LOVE the feel of it. I haven't washed it yet. I think yellow walls are in order but couldn't wait to post the picture. I think that's why I haven't posted in a while. I would really like to post a photo of a finished bedroom but then you run the chance of never seeing it.

I I quilted it with my DSM (domestic sewing machine). I needed to visit my chiropractor when I was done.

For the back I used a 100% cotton sheet that I got at for a really good price. However it was not big enough. I pieced a big cross through it. I used a micro sharps needle. It worked really well, but the thread left a lot of lint.
Here is the sunrise this morning. I had to get up super early to get DS#1 to a bus headed to San Francisco to do a "Walk for Life" with his youth group (girlfriend) and their families. He wouldn't let the rest of us go along.

Next project is to get this baby quilted. Again, Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery Carolina Christmas. I made all of the blocks but am only using half of them for a good size throw.

Bonus picture of DD#1.


Skye said...

I just saw your post to quiltvillechat (I'm one of the new members) had to immediately jump to your blog and take a look..It's absolutely wonderful!!!! I'm amazed at how men's shirts can add up to something so fantastic..Great job!!! Skye

Pippilotta said...


I love the Cactus Quilt. I can't find words, so beautiful is it.



scraphappy said...

Your quilt is fabulous! I can see why your back needs professional help though after all of that quilting. It looks great. Every time I see what people are doing with regular old sewing machines I become more impressed.

Helen in the UK said...

Huge congrats on finishing your Cactus Patch!! It's stunning!! My back is struggling with quilting lap size at the moment, so I feel your pain at doing a bed size on your DSM. Well worth the effort though as it is awesome :)
Helen in the UK
fellow Quiltville Chat member

Renate said...

I read your about your quilt on quiltvillechat. Beautiful! I love your Cactus Patch.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Your quilt is wonderful! And your quilting is perfect - what a good job!! I have started getting men's shirts at garage sales for a future project a la Bonnie Hunter. I just made her Christmas mystery quilt and I love her web site. Your room looks good too! The walls go well with the quilt the way they are!

heather said...

I'm impressed that you were able to quilt something that big on a DSM. Great job.

Don Lund said...

Thanks for the stay.

Don and Jon

Candace said...

Beautiful, I love the yellow. I hadn't seen that pattern, at least I didn't remember it, but I think it could be a favorite.

Rita E said...

Found your blog via quiltvillechat (I'm new member) ... the Cactus Quilt is gorgeous! Love your blog and am a new follower ... if you get a chance, please stop by to say hello: quiltpiecer.blogspot