Showing posts with label T-shirt quilt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label T-shirt quilt. Show all posts

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mailing A Quilt & Stargazing

Today was the first time I have mailed a full size quilt to it's recipient.  In the past I have sent off fat quarters, blocks, mug rugs and pouches but today was the first time sending a full size quilt and I have learned through swapping that sending anything made with fabric should be sent in a Ziploc bag.

Is there a Ziploc bag big enough bag to enclose a XL Twin size quilt?  YES!
Ziploc makes a "Big Bag" as you can see by the photo below which is plenty big to house a XL twin size quilt.  You might think they would be expensive, but at $6.99 for a box of 5, I think they are a very good value.  Check them out here.

So now the T-Shirt is on it's way to North Carolina.  A big thank you to Zina for helping me with the label - she has the BEST handwriting!  After a nervous wash and dry, checking for stray threads and a quick iron, I was ready to send this baby off to it's new home.  Wonderful to have this project complete.
I went "Stargazing" today for the Modern Blocks Bee I participate in.  Marci asked us to make her a "Stargazing" block from Modern Blocks (pages 189-179 by Angela Pingel) and it was fun.  First time up for this block for me and I really enjoyed making these three different sized stars which incorporated the block.

Stargazing by Angela Pingel for Modern Blocks pg 178-179   12 1/2 x 12 1/2
Buona Sera,

Sunday, August 5, 2012

T-Shirt Chronicles V: It's Finished

The T-Shirt Quilt is Done. 
I love this quilt now.
I didn't before.
Sorry T-Shirt Quilt.
 I took it with me to my MIL's house this afternoon to finish up the last of the hand stitching of the binding and then had the troops (my boys and their two cousins)join me outside for a little fun.  

Why not play parachute with a huge quilt?  
The details:
94 3/4" x 70"
T-Shirts sent to me by my cousin July 2011
Kona Light Grey to finish the checkerboard effect. 
Pellon 911F for the interfacing behind the T-Shirts
Kona Black for the binding.
Kona Flannel in Light Grey on the back. 
Quilting:  Done by me - stitch in the ditch. 
Finished: August 5, 2012

I'll be washing it and sending it off shortly to my cousin.  Can't wait for their reaction!   
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday~

Friday, August 3, 2012

Just Photos

T-Shirt Quilt Top quilted and ready for binding

T-Shirt Quilt Back quilted and ready for binding

Some of the *Picture-Perfect* Polaroid Block Swap 2.5 inch blocks cut out  
Pie Week #1 Chocolate Cream Pie

Pie Week #2 Key Lime Pie with Walnut Graham Cracker Crust
Happy Friday everyone!  

P.S. Excited to share that possibly today or tomorrow there will be another female added to this house....stay tuned.  No...not a baby.  :)  

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

T@t{picnic}Table: Too Much Zucchini

My guess is that if you are growing vegetables in your summer garden, you may be growing zucchini.  If you are, you must have enough to stash everywhere in your house, give to the neighbors and still have some leftover that you have no idea what to do with. I've enjoyed a great deal of ratatouille, steamed zucchini and zucchini thrown in many different dishes that I wouldn't normally think of adding it too this summer but never seem to be able to use all that I grow.  

Last Saturday while on the elliptical machine at the gym I was reading the latest issue of Sunset magazine and    I happened upon an article about what to do with excess vegetables.  Zucchini relish popped out at me immediately as I had two huge ones on my counter and I knew that I had the remainder of the ingredients on hand in my kitchen. Don't you just love that when that happens?  
Zucchini Relish
You can find the recipe here at the MyRecipe link from Sunset Magazine's August 2012 issue.  Although I had no idea what it would taste like once finished, I really enjoyed it.  It has none of the cloying sweetness of traditional relish but all of the sun and freshness of summer.  A warning - this is not a canned recipe - I used 1/2 pint jars so I could pass a few out to neighbors.  Hey, at least they didn't cringe when I showed up at the door with a whole zucchini.  

Last night for dinner we enjoyed a picnic out on the patio with BBQ'd hamburgers/ahi tuna, baked french fries, zucchini relish and strawberries.  Perfect picnic summer fare.  

I'm linking up with Debbie at her Tuesday at the {picnic}Table feature today - please go visit what other's have shared for the picnic table for the month of July.  I believe she's going herbal next month!  
One last share - I finished basting the T-Shirt quilt.  Very happy to have this basted together.  See the fold on the left?  A reminder to me not to make quilts wider than my hallway as this is the widest surface in my house which I can baste on.  
Basting the T-Shirt Quilt
Enjoy your Tuesday!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

T-Shirt Chronicles Part IV: The Back

If you have followed this blog for the past year, every so often I report how a T-Shirt Quilt that I am working on for a cousin, is coming along.  

Tuesday I made the label block and yesterday I pieced it into the back.  I'm using flannel on the back - please, please, please strangle me if I ever purchase flannel again for something this large.  Flannel = fuzz everywhere.  Plus, it's heavy.  

Last night I purchased the batting so I have no excuse for not moving forward. Basting today and maybe quilting by the weekend.  My cousin sent the t-shirts to me last July...think I can get this baby done by next Tuesday?  We'll see...

Enjoy your Thursday,

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Work-In-Progress Wednesday: T-Shirt Chronicles Part III

In my post last Saturday about my latest podcast, I slipped in that I was going to take a break from the T-Shirt quilt.  I intended to fold it up neatly and hang it in my closet along with my other WIP's but it never made it.  I did fold it up neatly but then it sat in front of the TV, taunting me with comments such as, "You're going to let pieces of fabric beat you?" and "Susan....get your butt in gear and finish me, I want to be finished!".  I listened:
T-Shirt Quilt 96 x 71
Why not a sideways shot? 
After some helpful motivation and advice from my quilting buddy Zina, I decided to finish this quilt top up.  We were both working on projects which we were dreading so we kind of goaded each other into getting those things done so we could feel better.  As for the advice, she suggested using the walking foot for piecing as sewing the Kona Cotton to the interfacing backed jersey fabric was making me crazy. The fabrics didn't like each other and were bunching up  - by switching to the walking foot my problem was solved.

Other Projects in Production:
Block 11 of Sew Happy Quilt QAL 
Yoga Mat Bag fabric washed, cut and ready to go
I made the Chopped Salad with Bacon and Fried Garbanzo Bean recipe that Debbie from A Quilter's Table showcased yesterday on her blog.  Let me say that fried Garbanzo Beans are amazing - crunchy, creamy, salty and spicy - wonderfulness all wrapped up in a tiny package.  Try them!  
Chopped Salad with Bacon and Fried Garbanzo Beans
I'm linking up (a little late...busy at school) to WIP Wednesday with Lee from Freshly Pieced today. Please go visit and see what she's been working on - you must see her New York Beauty QA quilt block.- stunning!

Did you know it was National French Bread Day?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Birthday

Sixteen years ago today I gave birth to my first child. For many who read this sixteen may seem trivial but to me this is an important time - he's completely in teenager mode but mindful of his future with his eye on college.  He's a young man just two short years away from jumping into the rest of his life.  No doubt he will go away to college, which I guess at some point will sadden me, but for now I cannot help but help guide him and cheer him on while he makes wise choices and plans for his college years.

Once I could carry him:
so hard to believe he was once that little
Not anymore:
he could easily carry me now
I love this boy with every piece of my being.  He opened my world, taught me how to be a good mother and is my biggest fan.  Oh and he loves my food.   Having celebrations and milestones like today are a great reminder of the wonderful things in life which help to even out the challenges. 

I'm working on a couple of big projects for school but thankfully have had a bit of time at the sewing machine to keep myself from completely going crazy with a little progress on the t-shirt quilt for my cousin.  Sewing up those four-squares was maddening as I kept having to rip out seams and sew them again to get the center points to line up.  So maybe it made me a little crazier?  hehe - just kidding.
each square is 24"x 24"
I'm doing good ~ healing a bit I believe.  Getting used to my new normal.  With the really tough jobs behind me and a bit of closure yesterday I'm looking toward the future with a positive lens - even have a script started for my next podcast which I plan to record on Wednesday.  For me, the fact that I have the yearning to record feels very good.  

Time for me to get back to my schoolwork ~ hope you are all having a great weekend,

Monday, October 10, 2011

T-Shirt Quilt Chronicle Part III: Math Challenges

I'm back on track with the T-Shirt Quilt.

I stalled out on the T-Shirt Quilt because of math...addition and multiplication to be exact.  When figuring out how much interfacing I needed to back the t-shirt blocks, I calculated three yards.  Confident me then purchased three yards at Joann's and began cutting - did not take long for me to realized that I did not have enough.  (Six was the required amount.)

I was vexed.   (Vexed is a favorite word of mine which I hardly ever use out loud - who remembers Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in Gladiator (2000) say "It vexes me.  I am terribly vexed"?)

I finally purchased the remainder three yards this past week and got the wheels going again on this project.  All t-shirt blocks are now backed with interfacing and I purchased the correct amount of Kona Light Grey to fill in the checkerboard pattern I'm going for.
T-Shirt Quilt - not sewed up yet
Now awaiting my cousin to choose a backing fabric.  Because her son attended East Carolina University I suggested this:

Enjoy your Monday...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The t-shirt quilt chronicle Part II

This past weekend I started cutting into the t-shirts that were sent to me by my cousin Liz to make her oldest son a t-shirt quilt.  On Saturday I cut the backs and fronts apart, cut off the sleeves and neckline and felt no pang of nervousness while doing so but the next step was another matter.  Thanks to the positive feedback via Facebook and the comments from my Saturday post, I began cutting out the logos on the backs and the fronts but I was sweating the whole time.  The recurring thought running through my head was: What if I cut them too small or crooked?

I persevered and ended up with 33 logos that are 13"x13" and a few random larger and smaller sizes which I may incorporate into the back.   It seems like a lot of blocks but I am making a twin size quilt.
logos cut out...33 in all with a few random sizes

So now readers I need your you see all that purple?  Sally from Fibercrafter's Musings suggested that I use Kona fabric for the sashing in between the blocks which I will be doing to lend a cleaner look to the quilt but I need to chose a color. What color should I use for the sashing/border? (FYI: The purple in the shirts is exactly 1301 Kona Purple.)  Whites/Greys or blacks?  Or something else?  

Today's step will be to stop in at Joann's to purchase fusible interfacing so I can begin ironing.  

I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory today and before I wrote this I went on over there to see what had been posted already today (it's 7am here in CA and there are already 21 submissions!) and guess what...there is already a t-shirt quilt listed in progress.  What are the odds?  :)  
Enjoy your Tuesday,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The t-shirt quilt chronicle

My "favorite cousin from Annapolis" (Hi Liz!) asked me a few weeks ago if she could commission me to make her oldest son a quilt out of his college t-shirts and I agreed only after making her aware that I've never made a t-shirt quilt before.  Last week a rather large box arrived at my doorstep which upon opening I discovered 22 various college intramural sports shirts:
first look at the t-shirts
Now that I had the shirts I had to start doing some research on how to make the quilt. After about an hour of research I discovered a tutorial by Mandy of Dixie Chicken Quilts that provides clear step by step instructions to making a t-shirt quilt.

This morning I took an accounting of the fronts and backs of all 22 shirts and came up with:
22  12 1/2 x 12 1/2 logos
9   12 1/2 x 7 1/2 logos
a few smaller 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 logos
three 16 x 16 logos

My next step is to cut the shirts up to remove the fronts from the backs.  Once I have those larger pieces laid out then I'll actually start cutting out the blocks for the quilt and I guarantee I'll be nervous at that point.  My cousin told me she trusted my creativity....oh boy I've got to dig down deep to find that creativity! LOL

By the way this photo is the inspiration photo for me that my cousin sent me.  The quilt below is for a female so I am aiming for a quilt similar this this style but obviously for a male.
inspiration photo of t-shirt quilt
I'll be posting every step of this t-shirt quilt process so come back to cheer me on.  If you have made a t-shirt quilt and have any advice, please feel free to share it.  My goal is to be standing in line at the post office on Monday, August 29th to send this quilt off to Annapolis.  Wish me luck!    

Enjoy your Saturday,