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.... :)