T-Shirt Quilt!

My sister Hannah is graduating from high school this year and she asked me last summer if I would cut up her t-shirts and make a t-shirt quilt. I said yes, expecting that she wanted a t-shirt quilt with all the t-shirts the same size and lined up on the quilt in an orderly fashion. Then she showed me what she wanted.

That was a different story. The t-shirts in this quilt were all different sizes. I would look and look at that quilt and couldn’t figure out how those pieces fit together!

After some digging, I found a site online that sold a book explaining how to sew all these t-shirts together with out interfacing *gasp!* and how to fit all those odd size t-shirts together!

It took me awhile to just pay for the pdf version of the book….being the quilter I am, I thought I could just figure it out! When I did bite the bullet and buy the book I was really glad that I did! It helped so much through every step, and I know that I couldn’t have figured it out on my own!

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Here are the t-shirts starting to get all cut up! That was the easy part. It was kinda fun seeing all the blocks getting cut out and recalling all the memories that went with the t-shirts. I also was greatly amused at how my mom cringed as she watched me cut out the focal part of the t-shirt and throw away a good part of the rest. (She is a keeper…I am a thrower…you get the picture)

This was one of those quilts where you work on it one day…..and then because you don’t really know how to start the next step you set it aside and work on other things until you finally pull the quilt out again and figure it out.  The cutting part took me two sessions partly because Hannah had more t-shirts to add to it, and I couldn’t start planning out this quilt until I had all the blocks.

The planning part took awhile…..I cut out little pieces of graph paper and it was like a puzzle trying to figure out how to fit all the pieces into the box. (This was also a good time to watch a movie)

I found though when I started sewing the t-shirts together they went together sooooooooo fast! I was a little nervous not using interfacing, but the book had great tips on the sewing, like always,always holding your top and bobbin thread when you start a seam…that was a life saver! It warned that you might need to practice unsewing…..and I thought “yeah…I am gonna skip that part”. It was actually a miracle! I didn’t ever have to touch that seam ripper.

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Here are first two sections.It was so cool to see the T-shirt quilt coming to life as I sewed! It literally took me only two evenings to sew the whole quilt together when I finally made up my mind to do it!

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Here is a rough picture of the finished quilt!  It ended up roughly 72″ by 92″. When it gets quilted I will post a better picture. Stay tuned!

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Time of Year

Its that time of year again!

Yep…..marathon training! Yeah I know its still cold out and the entire country is still either being dumped on or being frozen by the arctic chill but for those who like to run spring marathons, training starts now. Yes, now in the frigid cold.

On Sunday I will officially start bumping up my training and start extending my long runs and my speed runs. I am really hoping that the temperature average gets to be above zero soon, because I dread running long runs on the treadmill. Its boring, my fingers tingle and I feel like I will faint after too long on that thing. Running on a treadmills has its perks though. I can get on it whenever I want and its always warm in my house unlike the outdoors and hey! I can’t watch a movie if I run outside! Yet running on a treadmill is nothing like running outside with the wind and the sun and yes, the cold.

I am planning on running the Lincoln Marathon in May, and to help in training for that, a half marathon in March. It has been two years since I have run a race and I am a little nervous because I haven’t figured out my food balance yet. Getting it so my intake is enough to compensate for what I am burning it rather hard especially when I run my long runs once a week. But hey getting to eat more is never bad! That is one of things that I love about running, I get to burn so many calories and eat so much more!

I got to run outside today and it was heavenly, despite the cold and the wind. I have learned that even though I maybe cold in the beginning of my run I should just keep running. I usually warm up after a mile or so. So I ran, having fun on our icy country roads, dodging the snowplow and looking forward to Sunday when I get to start marathon training!

 

 

Hump Day!!!

On Wednesdays, we always ask my little brother Carson, “What day is it?”. He goes through a couple different guesses……and he will tell us three descriptions of what Wednesday is….in his world, Wednesday is bath day, church day, and hUUUUUmp Day! (read it like that camel in the commercial) So today is Wednesday…..hump day. If you want to see some stinkin’ cute pictures of my sassy little brother, head over to my sister Hannah’s blog
I just about died with how cute the pictures were. Really I did!

I just want to warn everyone now that I am really bad at blogging…….I do it for awhile but then I stop…..so hope and pray with me that I will keep going! This time is different though….I have a word document with ideas for future blog posts! Yay!

Also because its Wednesday that also means its work in progress Wednesday!!!

Here are some of my projects that are in progress…..just so you know this is just some of them…. I am always starting new ones and always working on old ones.

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Started this last night. Its been awhile since I have worked with wool. Excited to show you more pictures as  the project progresses!

Amazon Star Finished!

I realized as I scrolled through my posts yesterday that I hadn’t ever posted a pic of  my finished Amazon Star! I was making it for my parents and I actually finished it on time!!!! Unlike my double wedding ring that took me at least 3 years……oh well that didn’t have a deadline!!!!

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Here it is! This is the quilt they use in the summer time. My mom had made another quilt several years ago but she put real heavy  batting in it……so heavy that you can hurt your back if you aren’t careful….trust me 🙂 I speak from experience! 🙂

Enjoy!

~Jess

 

Some Changes Around Here!

Good morning! 🙂

Yesterday I decided that I needed to take my old blog “theteenagequilter” and change it. For one I am not a teenager anymore and I felt like I needed to try blogging again. 🙂 I have been quilting up a storm lately and following some awesome bloggers and I wanted a place where I could connect and post about anything! Not just quilting, but what I am reading…my running, my family and best of all what I am learning about God at the moment. I had another blog at blog spot but I felt too constrained by the theme…..I posted a lot of thoughtful things on there. Yesterday when I read through all the things I had posted especially all the quilting things I had posted I wanted to try again! So here I am back……same girl…just different blog name and theme. 🙂

I hope you enjoy!

~Jess