Friday, February 28, 2014

First and Last T-shirt Quilt

When my youngest daughter was about twenty, she gave me some of her t-shirts and asked me if I would make her a quilt.  I put the shirts in a box and put them in one of my closets.  So, ten years later I took the box out of storage and decided it was time to make a quilt.  I previously made a rag quilt during January and I said that it was going to be my first and last rag quilt.  Same goes with the t-shirt quilt.  I am not much of a seamstress although I was trained in college to teach sewing.  My skills tend to be on larger sewing projects like making curtains and I have even made some slipcovers.  When it comes to more intricate work, I am not very precise.  This t-shirt quilt is definitely not perfect.  I had a hard time matching the strips and squares when I sewed them together.  And also, the binding was giving me trouble.  When I made the rag quilt, I had no trouble with the binding on it, so I don't know why I had so much trouble with this present project.  Showed the man of the house the finished quilt, and he said, "That is really a great idea and it turned out very nice".
He also has his projects and is now painting some of our furniture with chalk paint.  He is making the furniture look brand new and I love every piece.  So, we are always complementing each other's projects.
The following are pictures of the quilt.  I used lime green fabric for the backing that I bought at for under $3.00 a yard.  I love their fabrics.  I am a good customer.
The t-shirts used were some high school, but mostly college t-shirts.  There were also several Hard Rock CafĂ© shirts that Leslie collected on her travels.  I had to back the shirts with iron on interfacing and I'm not sure that worked that great.  After adhering the interfacing I remembered that I hadn't prewashed the brighter and darker shirts, so I washed those squares several times so they wouldn't fade when the quilt was washed.  I noticed that the interfacing did not adhere to these after being washed.  Hopefully since the interfacing was sewn to the edges of each square, it will be okay.  Well, here is the quilt.  Notice how Katie the cat has to check out the quilt.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kiwi Lane DT Doodles 2014 #4

Another sketch from Kiwi Lane.  I loved the result of using the templates on this 2 page layout.  I used wonderful paper from a company Sassafras which I don't think is in business anymore.  With the Kiwi Lane templates, I can gather all of the supplies, paper and templates and complete a page without having to leave my table.  This saves me time, also.  The following layout has pictures of  2 of our grandsons and our daughters who came to visit for their Poppa's 64th birthday.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

KiwiLane DT Doodles-2014 #3

Another sketch from KiwiLane.  I was able to use paper that I received in a warehouse box sale from "My Little Shoebox".  The collection is "Destination".  I don't think that this company is selling paper anymore but it sure is cute.  I received the warehouse box about a year ago and now I am determined to use it.  Here is the sketch:

This sketch was fun and of course every layout that I create, I learn something new.  I learned that when I use printed paper with the templates, that I might have patterns that will be upside down unless I am careful when cutting.  (I hope I remember this next time!)  I don't do perfection so I am still happy with this finished layout.