The other day I was looking for
trouble something to do since I’m having trouble coming up with the two next designs, so I went poking on my Pinterest, hoping I’d find some inspiration.
I came across this pin that I had saved in the “some day” file. I got an immense urge to sew, but didn’t want to go out or spend any money. I remembered that I had a few of Joel’s used shirts that he didn’t want anymore, but weren’t in good enough condition to donate.
The only reason I’m not a hoarder is because having too much stuff around overwhelms me. I also get annoyed if there are things still in boxes/bags too long after a move. Well, in my best “do as I say, don’t do as I do” manner, I have to confess that I had those shirts in a bag ever since we moved from the apartment :P.
I found 7 (actually I found 8, but the last one had a thicker fabric) shirt I could use, so armed with scissors and seam ripper, I sat on the couch and began
destroying deconstructing said shirt. When Joel walking in, I was about to start with the last shirt. He asked me what I was doing and I told him I was going to make a quilt out of his old shirts, which lead him to say the words that became the title of this entry.
Joel didn’t say anything else, but I know he was thinking it was a pretty bad idea and that it wouldn’t work. I bet he was also thinking that I could just go to a fabric store and get something decent to work with. The thing is, I’m cheap. The shirts were here already and if I didn’t used them somehow, they’d go to the trash.
So, I cut the shirts up, not bothering with undoing seams (it wasn’t worth it) and then I cut strips 3 in wide out of 5 of them. For the details on how to make similar blocks, please check the link above.
After I had one block done, I showed it to Joel and he was so impressed with it that he offered to go through his closet and fetch more shirts so I could make a bigger quilt.
The piecing itself was fast to do and quite fun, but I wanted to actually finish a quilt for once in my life, so I got some batting and fabric for the back and proceeded to quilt on my normal home machine.
Ha! Easier said than done. I don’t have a proper set up for this and after just a few minutes quilting, all of my upper body hurt.
I went looking on the internet for solutions to my problem. In my head, if there was a way to use a hoop, it would make the quilting less taxing (I was right). The solutions – and products – I found online didn’t quite speak to me and were mostly on the expensive side.
One of my searches, though, lead me to a forum where people where discussing a “quilting system”. At the very end of the thread someone said that she uses Magic Erasers by Mr. Clean.
The next day I took 2 new sponges from the kitchen, placed them with the coarse side down atop a quilt sandwich I made just for testing and tried it out. It was amazing how much easier quilting became!
I also got a cheap embroidery hoop at Wal-Mart, and it does work. BUT! The hoop makes it a bit more awkward to work, as it bumps on the machine.
One last tip I caught on a website that was selling a very overpriced (IMO) solution for quilting – don’t use any foot when quilting. By taking the quilting foot out, I don’t have it bouncing on the quilt top and causing the whole thing to shift sideways when I stop.
This block is so much fun, and has so much potential, that I’m doing another quilt top, this time using a somewhat nicer fabric from the bargain bin because I’m still cheap.