Saturday, February 13, 2010

In my SPARE, spare time....

I promised Mr. Olive a flannel quilt years ago. He chose a bow-tie pattern and I have 1/2 the squares finished. Since it didn't look likely that I was going to get this done for him given all the other orders we've had lately, I decided to try and kill two birds with one stone by asking him if I could make him a t-shirt quilt.  He has about 70 t-shirts and some are literally falling apart, but he won't let me toss them.  I'm sure others find this a familiar dilemma? :-)  To pare down his stash, we went through and picked some for me.  I got to work on it because I wanted him to have a quilt (even if it isn't the one he originally requested), and I was happy to get rid of some tees.  Although I only used 12, that is 12 fewer in the pile.  Here is the layout - the top is put together - and now I have to border, line, and back.  More pics to come.

In addition, since my sewing room is upstairs and the TV is downstairs, I've been feeling like I'm wasting time just sitting on the couch watching shows.  Sometimes it is nice to just 'sit' and do something mindless, but other times I feel like I can do two things at once.  To help out, I called my mom and asked her to re-teach me how to knit.  When I was younger, I occasionally knit, but didn't get instant-gratification so I rarely finished a project.  I planned to start off easy - a scarf - and just 'knit' instead of 'purl' too.  I chose a bulky yarn so I could get it done fast.  Needless to say, I have it started, but I surely won't finish this winter - so next year I guess I'll have a nice new scarf.


  1. I love T-shirt quilts! Between my husband and I, we have about a billion band shirts from our teenage years (most of them featuring grunge bands and all that). We can't quite throw them away, but we also never wear them because many are in tatters. Someday....

    I have the same dilemma you do when I knit. It seems like I could work for HOURS and still not have gotten any further. I think it's about time for me to try my hand at crochet.

  2. I love the t-shirt quilt. What a great way to get rid of some of hubby's less -than-mint-condition t's. It sure beat my method of "accidentally" bleaching them! lol


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