Friday, July 24, 2015

Little T-shirt Quilt

Gary and I went downtown last night to see the movie "Inside Out." (It was very cute and I CRIED!) We were a little early for the show, so we walked around for a bit. Gary remembered spending time downtown with his Grandma and Aunt when he was a boy. It seems they walked everywhere and he remembers getting cinnamon rolls at Miller and Paine with Grandma or sometimes he would visit the bookstore with his Aunt. The more we walked, the more he remembered. It would have been fun to go inside some of those places but we had to get to the show. Maybe another day! 

I had the whole day off today, so I finished up the little t-shirt sleeve quilt. 

For the back, I sewed together some leftover polar fleece strips I had from other t-shirt quilts. I had just enough!!

 I used the envelope method to finish the quilt. There's no batting and I quilted it with simple straight lines. 

This quilt measures 41" x 43"
I'm feeling pretty good about using up so many leftovers, the sleeves from 15 t-shirts, leftover interfacing and polar fleece! I have a cute little girl in mind to give this quilt to, I hope she will enjoy it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


After making the t-shirt quilt behemoth, I thought I was done with the t-shirts for awhile. But then, there was still a pile of t-shirts on my sewing room floor. 

If you've ever made a t-shirt quilt, you know there are a lot of leftovers. Leftover interfacing pieces and t-shirt carcasses. I couldn't throw them away without cutting out some more pieces, especially the colorful shirts! Plus, what was I going to do with 70 leftover pieces of interfacing?

I cut out the sleeves and shirt bottoms from all the colorful shirts and ironed on the leftover interfacing pieces. For some reason, I was fine with doing this job. I usually hate it! 

All the cut up bits and pieces filled a big bag. Now I can throw them away..
or hmmm...
maybe I can use them for stuffing? 

This little quilt top is made from the t-shirt sleeves, except the outside blue border, which is from the t-shirt bottoms. I've also got a nice stack of interfaced t-shirt pieces for another project. Those are getting put away for awhile, I'm ready to work on some different projects. 
For real this time ha!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer Weekend

Ah July.
Summer is flying by and school is just around the corner! I'm trying not to think about school too much yet, though. I had lots of summery fun over the weekend which helped my denial haha! 

On Friday, my friend Kristie and I got together to hang out and take some photos of her latest quilt. Check out her colorful quilt and my legs at Sew Sunshine!

We both thought the water drops on this water tower were quilty inspiration. 

If you haven't been there yet, you should stop for a treat at Goldenrod Pastries. It's a new bakery on 48th & Prescott here in Lincoln. Kristie and I enjoyed some conversation and I ate this tasty date cake in about 30 seconds. Mmm it was so good and the owner told me it is healthy too, so that's a bonus!

Next door to Goldenrod Pastries is the sweetest little shop, Paper Kite. She has stationary and adorable baby things! I bought a new notepad for my fridge and the next time I need a baby gift, I'll stop back in!
 Kristie and I couldn't miss the opportunity to shop for fabric together, so we visited the Calico House and Sew Creative, which are both right on 48th Street. I bought more red and a little green fabric for the Christmas pot holders. 
I'm so glad Kristie and I got together, hopefully we can meet up again this summer!

Friday night, I saw the musical, 42nd Street, at Pinewood Bowl. Wow, it was a beautiful, tap dance ballet! Even though the weather was very hot, my friends and I had a great time. 

We've had a couple of sad weeks here for Gary's family. His Grandma passed away about a week ago and then just last night, his Aunt passed away. Lots of emotions flowing at this moment. We spent yesterday with the nephew, Victor, while the rest of the family was at the hospital. 

So, on to happier things! 
In case you have been thinking that I never sew anymore, I finished the t-shirt quilt! 

This quilt was made for a former student. Besides knowing Liz from school, she and her grandma attend the church where I work and they sing in the choir. Grandma asked if I could make the quilt for her and I told her I would when I had time in the summer. 

So this is a double sided quilt and it is heavy! Liz had SO MANY t-shirts, I think I counted 60! I cut out seventy 12.5" squares, thirty five per side, which makes this quilt a twin size, 
60" x 84". 

I straight line quilted it with a medium grey thread. Yellow binding because it's her favorite color. 
Even though t-shirt quilts are not my favorite kind of quilt to make (and I will not be making another one anytime soon,) I did enjoy recognizing all the old shirts from school. I even have some of the same ones! 

This is us today at church! Liz was totally surprised and I'm happy I was able to give it to her in person. I hope she will use it when winter rolls around.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What's Blooming in the Yard

     Gardening in my yard did not get off to a great start in the spring. We had so much rain that I didn't get any seeds zinnias for me this year. :(

     I finally planted some perrenials a couple weeks ago and so far they are still alive, even with our current heat wave. I have been snapping some pics along the way, so here's a catch up post on what's been blooming in my yard.


These foxgloves were so healthy and beautiful when I bought and planted them but now they are dead! I'm thinking they had too much rain.


These purple flowers are called Canterbury Bells. I planted them from seed last year and they bloomed this year. They were just on their second bloom last week when a pesky squirrel bit off EVERY stem. Ugh! I was hoping to save some seeds.

I had originally bought four astilbe plants when I first moved in here. Two of them died, and last spring, these two weren't looking great. I moved them to this new spot last summer and they are happy now, they actually bloomed! 

My Easter lily from two years ago bloomed for the first time in the garden. 

I bought this hollyhock on clearance last summer. I was surprised to see that it has double blooms! 


This is my little plant hospital. A couple ferns saved from my moldy terrarium..ick that was gross! A sage plant and mandevilla from foodnet at church and a pretty calla lily from my mom. The other plants seem to attract digging squirrels, so I move them around to confuse the critters ha!

These little fuzzy bugs have been everywhere in the garden, on the plants and in the trees. They leave fuzzy stuff on the plant stems. They're like little flying specks of fluff!

We have wrens in this house! 

My neighbors backyard flowers through the clematis vine..

..and my backyard. It's not very exciting, is it? I've extended the row of hostas along the back fence, since nothing else I plant there wants to grow. It's too shady.

So that's what's been blooming so far!