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!


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.


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!


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!



Last night as I was finishing some last minute things at work, I started thinking about a class that was happening the following night.

Then I started going through in my head all the women that I knew who were gonna be there. As I did that I started to think about all the fun I could have and all the laughter that was bound to occur.

So on a spontaneous spur of the moment, I decided to stay at the quilt shop after work and sew on my Amazon Star.

We did have a lot of laughter. It has been a little awkward for me at first though when I go to sew at stuff like this because I really start to feel my age.

Or should I say lack of it.

When I am just working the floor, I don’t even think about my age compared to all the customers I help. But when I sit and sew with them and they get to talking I suddenly realize how different their stage of life is from mine. I find myself hearing them talk about their daughter or granddaughter who is just going off to college or graduating from high-school.

And I think, “Wow, I am the same age as their granddaughter. I wonder what they think of me, just a young pup and quilting with them!”

So I find myself focusing on my quilting and not really socializing. Maybe its cause I don’t go to these types of things very often. But I know I want to!! I got so much sewing done tonight!

I got all the strips pieced for the star point. (bag #2 is slowly getting there!)

I just had to lay it out for picture. When I did I found that I had made an oops and will have to rip out. Ick!  (I dare you to find it!)

Needless to say that ended my sewing for tonight. When it gets late and I make a mistake I have learned to quit before I either make more mistakes or get so frustrated that I want to chuck the project.

A fellow quilter told me to mark the pile that I need to rip.

Here’s my oops pile.

Looks like I have some ripping to do tomorrow. *Sigh*

~thanks for reading!!


Teaching Time!!

Yesterday I was able to get some sewing time in.

No, I didn’t work on my Amazon Star.

And actually I didn’t really even get to sew. Lets say I was sewing vicariously. Isn’t that what teaching is all about anyway? 🙂

One of my friends was visiting from Pennsylvania. I only get to see her once a year and she asked me if I could teach her how to quilt.

We didn’t have much time cause she is leaving tomorrow. *sniff* *sniff*

So I told her I could help her make a bag to take home.

This was her first time ever using a sewing machine.

Finished product!!!!

And next week I have another teaching session with her cousin.

I don’t have to wait a year to see her.


A Blue Ribbon Winner!!

This past week our nearby County Fair was in full swing.

I managed to enter a few items in the open class barn. It was just items that I had finished this past year….a quilt, an apron and other sundry items. I wasn’t expecting much. I haven’t had a big record in my open class endeavors and because of my age I was in a huge age group.

I also entered the purse I told you that I was going to make in my last post.

It turns out that the judge must have liked it cause I got Reserved Champion! Second place in the whole clothing category!!!!

Tonight I went to go pick up my projects and I realized that I got blues in everything I entered!! That kinda made my day.

I was so impatient to use my new purse that after I finished it on Sunday, I used it Monday and Tuesday before I had to turn it in to the fair on Wednesday. I could hardly wait to get it back today. 🙂 Now I can use my sparkly new purse 🙂

Fourth of July!

Fourth of July!

Posted on July 4, 2011 by Jess

As I look toward my left I can look out a window that is pointed toward the outside world

A world that is very familiar to me but I have lately not been able to enjoy as much as I used to. I am growing up which in my case means being gone from home a lot. So I savor being home so much more!

I have thoroughly enjoyed these past two days I have spent at home with my family. Though according to my standards I haven’t done much. I have filled these two days with reading, sewing(when I should have been quilting a quilt), running, resting, and swimming with my baby brother in the kiddie pool. Don’t laugh……sitting in four inches of water can count as swimming especially since I did some splashing here and there.

Many times in the years past we have gone to Nebraska to celebrate the 4th with a big family get together that involved swimming,(this usually didn’t involve swimming in a kiddie pool) volleyball, homemade ice cream and fire works. I loved having that full day with the family but just being home is so restful in spite today being a holiday.

Tomorrow I will go back to work and jump right back into my busy schedule.

But I will be able to apply myself more vigorously to tasks assigned and hopefully have a better attitude about it than I would if I hadn’t had these past two days at home.

Have a Blessed 4th!!!!