Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Why do I do these things?

A couple of years ago Jason went through his closet and got rid of a lot of shirts. Most of the shirts were in very good condition, they just fit him weird (I guess that's what happens sometimes when you have a hard time paying more than $4 for a shirt) or had small stains on them.
I decided that when/if we ever had a baby boy I'd use them to make him a quilt. I have made a couple of quilts in the past, but halfway through I always remember that I don't know what I'm doing. I'm not patient enough nor do I know enough about my machine to jump into big projects like this. I'm also not patient enough to learn more about quilting and practice. So, once again, I jumped into a big project. After nearly a month working on it and problems with my machine and much frustration, I am very happy to report that the quilt is done (okay, okay...ALMOST done). I hand quilted it and have a bit of that left to do.



The dots on the wall are also made out of Jason's shirts. You can stick fabric to the wall if you soak it in liquid starch first. Neat trick, eh?



I am glad I made this quilt. But I ask you to kindly remind me, if I ever say the words "I'll just whip up a quick quilt" or "I think I'm going to sew a quilt" in your presence that I am not cut out to be a quilter. Hopefully all you'll have to say is, "Remember the last quilt you made?" and I'll put those silly quilting notions out of my head and get back to my knitting.

7 comments:

  1. You are awesome, it is darling. I found a blog that a girl refashions mens shirts into dresses for girls, it is www.dana-made-it.com so if you don't want to throw away old clothes there are lots of ideas on there.

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  2. That is awesome. I am so glad that you finished it. Congrats, it looks great. I have saved old pj's and other clothing that I know I will use someday. But have yet to make anything. So kudos to you! Can't wait to see his room.

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  3. i'd say you did a very good job! it looks great. and what a special quilt for ethan to have. i'm sure he'll always treasure it.

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  4. It turned out great! I love it. Way to be economical with those shirts. Fantastic way to recycle!

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  5. At least you try to accomplish difficult things. I bought some fabric to make Bella a quilt at the beginning of this year, and it terrifies me to think about making it. (I also have no clue what I'm doing) The fabric is still sitting in the closet. . .waiting. I think your quilt looks great!

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  6. What a fun idea! It looks like it came out great! My experience with attempting to do simple square patch quilts like that is that my seams are sloppy and uneven, so by the edges, the corners are waaaaaaaay off. I, too, am not cut out for quilting :).

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  7. It's BEAUTIFUL!!! And I'm sorry but the quilt you made Josh and I for our wedding gift is beautiful too so I don't know why you say you aren't good at it....

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