Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tutorial for T-Shirt Quilt




Preserving your child's youth is something we would all love to do...but, unfortunately we can't make time stand still. One thing you can do is preserve some memories of special times in their lives. 

I have been making T Shirt quilts for over 10 years now and I still get excited for each one and enjoy seeing the adventures in the young person's life and what is special to them.  Most T Shirts consist of schools or sports they have attended and participated in throughout the years. Also, included are vacation spots, retreats attended, clubs or even family type T Shirts. 

This is my attempt at showing you how to make a memorable quilt for your child or someone you love. 

First thing is gather all the possible T Shirts that you may want to use, even if it is more than you may need.  Be sure to wash all shirts and fabric or sheet that you will use for the backing and border.


 Lay all the T shirts out in the position you would like to sew them together.  Consider the colors of the shirts when arranging.  This quilt uses 30 blocks, 5 across and 6 down.  This will result in a quilt size 78"w x 92"l.  Using 4 across and 5 down will finish at 64"w x 78" if you would like a smaller quilt or have less shirts. 

 After you have your arrangement, start cutting the T shirts to the sizes selected.
 
 Cut the large blocks 15" x 15"



Cut the 1/2 blocks 15" x 8"

 
Cut the 1/4 blocks 8" x 8"

  
Stitch the 1/2 blocks and and the 1/4 blocks together to make a 15" x 15" blocks.  You can also use one 1/2 and two 1/4 blocks.



The backs of each shirt need to have a stabilizer ironed on to prevent the T Shirts from stretching over time. I learned this from one of the first ones I made with out using stabilizer. This one was for my son and 13 years later, I ended up taking it all apart and adding the stabilizer and new batting. 

I have found that this Pellon works the best. 


 
It is soft, supple and machine washable and not stiff like interfacings can be. Follow the directions that come with the Pellon and apply it to the backs of all the shirt blocks. 



Stitch the T Shirts together in the order you have chosen using a 1/2" seam allowance. 




Next add a 4" border on all sides and a backing. Cut strips of fabric or a sheet 4 1/2" wide the length of the quilt on all sides and using a 1/2" seam allowance, attach the border to all 4 sides.


Seam fabric for the backing to be 4" wider and 4" longer than the finished top piece.  Using a bed sheet for the backing will eliminate seams.

Layer backing fabric, then batting of your choice and then the top of the quilt.  There are several types of batting you can use.  I prefer the high loft batting so it has some puffiness after quilting.

Trim off excess batting and center so the backing fabric is extending 2" on each side.

Fold the 2" of the backing fabric in half and then again to the top of the quilt and pin in place.  This will create the border around the edges.  Miter the corners and pin in place.

Topstitch the border edge in place, stitching the mitered corners also.

Pin around EVERY shirt and using a walking foot, stitch in the ditch down each row between the shirts and then stitch across each row between the shirts.

 



Strips of coordinating fabric can also be added between the shirts for an alternate look...










~ Darlene

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Homemade Ravioli

 

What else to do on a icy kind of laid back day but to cook?

Nick and I made homemade Ravioli! They were pretty darn good!!

Dough

6 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Salt
2 TBS. Olive Oil
6 Eggs 
Hot Water

In mixer using the dough hook, mix the flour, salt and oil.  Add 1 egg at a time.  Mix until dough forms a ball.  Add very small amounts of hot water to the dough if needed.

Remove the dough from the bowl and and knead the dough for 10 minutes on a wooden surface.  (I used my granite counter and that seemed to work fine)  Rub oil on the dough ball and wrap in plastic wrap.  Let sit for 30 minutes.

Filling

2 Lb. Ricotta Cheese
1 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
2 Eggs
Salt and Pepper
Lots of Fresh Parsley

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until mixed well.

At this point you can make the raviolis any way you would like.  You can roll the dough out thin and place tsp. dropful of cheese mixture on the dough and make them that way.

I chose to use a ravioli maker.  We rolled the dough through the machine and made flat pieces the length of the maker. 

 

 
 (We had a little unsolicited help!)


Then place a spoonful of cheese in each section, lay another rolled piece of dough on top and roll with a rolling pin.








Boil salted water and place the raviolis in the water. 

Cook 2 minutes and remove to a casserole or bowl.  
 
Top with your choice of gravy...  YUM! YUM!!


~ Darlene

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Burlap Wreath

This weekend I took a some time to do a little something for myself. 

I found this tutorial on making a burlap wreath and got started...  I followed these easy to follow instructions and in less than and hour I was finished. 

I used an 18" wire frame and a wood monogram "N" from Michaels.



Total Cost = Under $12.00!

Wire Frame - $5.00
Burlap Ribbon - $4.80
"N" - $2.00


~ Darlene

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Friday, September 27, 2013

DIY Blog Feature!!

One of my favorite blogs I look forward to and never miss reading a post is Sewing Barefoot

Sewing Barefoot

 She has so many great DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, advice, etc.  Imagine how excited I was when Shannon asked me to do a piece to be included in her article on advice on DIY projects from DIY Bloggers.  Click on the link below to see the post and get some great advice from some very talented DIYers.




While you are there snoop around and see so many fantastic projects.  Here are a few to get you started:

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~ Darlene

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Repainted Table in Chalk Paint


 

This mahogany side table with drop leaves used to be next to my favorite wing chair that I did most of my reading.  Fast forward 3 years...new house...dog claims wing chair...many nights on blogs and Pinterest...and on to repainting the table for a new look.


Thank Goodness Buddy claimed this chair....would you look at this thing??  I do have to say that it was very comfortable for reading though...

This isn't going to be another tutorial on how to paint with Chalk Paint or how great Annie Sloan is...this is just a before and after of my table painted.



I have read so much on blogs and Pinterest about how wonderful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is, so I decided I needed to try it.  My husband was in the area of an Annie Sloan dealer one day so I asked him to pick me up a quart of Paris Grey and some Clear Wax.  No big deal, right?  Well, he came home and told me this paint better come with the painter since he spent over $75 on the products!  I almost died!  WOW!! Is that expensive!?!  I wasn't about to drive back out there to return it so I just used it anyway.



I didn't do much prep work, only scuffed it with one of those green pads and then painted.  The paint went on nicely and dried so, so quick!  I was able to apply the clear wax within an hour.  I didn't use those expensive brushes either, I used a cloth and waxed on and waxed off.  Easy peasy... and then repeated the process.



I sprayed the brass hardware with Black Rustoleum paint.

 

 THEN... found this awesome, black rotary phone at a garage sale in Cape May last month and knew I had the perfect spot for it!  Nick is even going to hook it up for me so I can really use it!!  Yeah Nick!!  He can do anything!!




I do have to say that I am happy with the finish and the ease of this paint.  Since I have painted this, I have spoken to several people that told me I can make my own chalk paint.  I will be searching for some good "recipes", so leave a comment if you know of any good proven mixes.

~ Darlene

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