Friday, December 24, 2010

Bah Humbug

My daughter wanted to be able to wear this oversized sweatshirt to work today.

So I cut it up...

And made her this....

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


It is finally done and in the mail to my mom for Christmas! I am happy with it. I think the only thing I could of done better is the actual quilting. But practice will help me get closer to perfect.

Monday, December 6, 2010

On the Border

After taking advise from others, my quilt top now has a border. It does look so much better. Next is piecing the backing and then quilting it together. I do wish I had a helper to hold it up when I take pictures. It is a bit distorted and the color of the photo is bad.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mom's chemo and quilt top

So today is my mom's 4th chemo. Thanks be to God that the chemo has been doing its job. So as I thought about the long day of chemo she is going through (she does a 6 hour drip to reduce her symptoms, versus a 3 hour drip), I sewed the t-shirt quilt squares I have been working on into a quilt top.

This quilt is evolving as I sew it. I started with a plan, but it changed slightly. I like to let the quilting happen as it goes for these t-shirt quilts. They are so hard to plan from start to finish. I started out thinking it would be a quilt like I made my daughter awhile back, with batting and quilting and all. I have started wondering though, how it would be as more of a blanket. With a soft minkee type fabric for the back. Ummm cozy. Just what my mom might need for comfort this winter. I will be taking a trip to the quilt store to get some advice as to whether they think this is a bad idea. I'm not sure about sewing with minkee. It is difficult. I probably won't listen though if they discourage me from doing it this way.

Sorry about the bad photo. My daughter has my camera at college and I had to use my i-phone with poor lighting. And I know the oriental rug is not the best background to film on but I was too lazy to get a neutral sheet to put under it.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Old t-shirt and a chemo turban

I finally found a serger on craigslist! Yea! So for my first project I decided to use this free pattern. Of course it came out a bit wonky since it was my very first serged pattern (it could be made without a serger). But it was quick and easy. I will be making more since I have lots of t-shirt backs from making t-shirt quilts.

Friday, November 26, 2010


I started working on the squares for the t-shirt quilt. It got me thinking that I haven't posted how my mom is doing. Her progress has been amazing. She has had 3 chemo treatments and her C125(?) count is normal now! She goes in for a chemo treatment next week. This time around has not been as hard as I thought it would be. She is familiar with what to expect so it makes it a bit easier on her. Plus they have all her meds figured out so she is not having so many side effects. Yea!
So I decided to get working on the t-shirt quilt I am making her. I had some time on Thanksgiving to sew. Pictures are of the progress I am making.
First I mark the square on the t-shirt that has been backed with interfacing. Then I line a border on the line with right sides facing. Sew that on and then trim the excess t-shirt to the seam allowance. This keeps the t-shirt from stretching.

I keep adding the borders to the squares and trimming the t-shirt until I have a quilt block.

I will be working on more today. I only finished 2 yesterday with all the Thanksgiving cooking. But I am excited to keep working on it to get it done for my mom's Christmas present!

Monday, November 15, 2010

T-shirt Quilt for Mom

As much as I first want to make the Reverse-Applique Swing Skirt out of the Alabama Stitch Book with the above brown and wine red jersey knit fabrics...

I must first finish a t-shirt quilt for my mom of all the t-shirts from her travels. I hope to finish it for her for Christmas, but that might be pushing it. Above are the fabrics and the rough cut prepared t-shirts. I will post pictures as I go to give anyone interested an idea of what is involved. As you can see, I first rough cut the t-shirts and iron a lightweight fusible on the back. Be careful in the ironing as the design on front can melt or bleed ink. Next I will mark the size of the square directly on the front including the seam allowance. Pictures will follow after I do that.

On a side note: Thank-you for looking at my blog! It is amazing that someone in Portugal or Germany or Croatia or Australia actually looked here! What a small world it is. : ) My blog is not the most interesting yet.... but I am working on it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

First Refashion

Well it is finally done. Not exactly how I envisioned it turning out, but it will work. It was sort of a sew as you go project. I didn't plan it out all the way through and had to make some changes as I went. The pictures are not the best and I am not having any taken with it on me! I am not in the best form right now and I do not have the proper tights or underskirt to wear under it yet. So without further ado I present my first refashion...

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I came home from Value Village with my first dress to refashion. It is a long rayon dress with beautiful fabric. I have started cutting it out to sew into an overskirt. Stay tuned.... :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wardrobe Re-Fashion pledge

2 month pledge

The Pledge

I pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that my thriftiness brings!

I have taken the pledge for 2 months, November and December. The two months of the year where spending money is encouraged on every tv commercial and printed advertisement. This will be a challenge! I will find ways to be creative, not only in my own wardrobe but in the gifts that I give at Christmas.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On my knees again...

My mom's cancer has returned. All I can do is trust God. He is good. I am angry though, He knows the struggle it has been for her to recover from the first battle with her cancer. He knows how tired my dad will become. He never gives us more than we can handle... maybe only if we take his hand can we handle anything that comes our way. This is going to be hard. I love you mom and dad and am praying for your healing, strength, and God's love to surround you. I do not want God to take my mom yet.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Now I wish I hadn't deleted all the posts I made on my blog. It's like when you write a diary and then rip out the pages. Gone but not forgotten.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Circle Jeans Quilt

Here are pictures of a quilt I made out of old jeans and flannel fabric from another quilt I made.