Saturday, May 31, 2014

T-Shirt Quilt Part 1

I have always wanted to make a t-shirt quilt and I have finally started! A few months ago, I gathered all of the shirts I wanted to use. I decided to make the quilt with only shirts from our time at Washington State University; mostly because I really like things to match. 

I got some awesome red fabric from a thrift store a couple of years ago and always knew I would use it for a blanket just because of how soft it is! It will be perfect for this one.

I had 9 shirts total and ended up just using 8. The shirt I decided not to use was made of a different fabric and I thought it would look better to not use it. 

The number of shirts of the different colors ended up working out perfectly: 3 gray, 2 white, 2 red, and 1 black (using the front and back to make 2 black panels). 

Starting with the first shirt, I cut up both sides, around the sleeves, and around the neck. This gave me a front and back panel. 

I then lined up my ruler as straight as possible with the front design and cut across the top. 

Centering the design with the edges to be cut, I cut it so the rectangle would be 14 inches across. For this shirt, the cougarr design is 8 inches across, which means I needed 3 inches on each side.

I then cut the bottom to make the finished rectangle 18 inches long. 

I then had 9 large rectangles that were each approximately 14 by 18 inches. I thought the quilt could use a little bit more of something, so I cut 6 rectangles 5 by 17. 

Here is what I have so far with the rectangles laid out on the back fabric (minus the white shirt that was cut above):

In between the t-shirt pieces will be plain black cotton. 

My next steps: 
1. Buy interfacing for the t-shirt fabric to help it hold shape better; iron on all rectangles
2. Cut black cotton
3. Sew top together
4. Quilt
5. Bind

I think it will be fairly simple and I'm excited to have it done!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Senior Pictures

My family came and visited us in April. My mom, dad, and brother (Zack) signed up to run a 10 mile race with me, so they just made it a whole family weekend trip. It was tons of fun!

Before they came, my mom asked if I would take senior pictures of my brother (David). I of course said yes! They also brought along David's best friend Justin and I was able to do his senior pictures as well. It worked out perfect to have Justin there with David. They made each other laugh and we were able to get some great pictures of them both. 

  Thanks for making me laugh too!