Thursday, June 7, 2012


For those of you who know me personally, you know that sewing machines and I are not good friends. My medium is paper, and paper is where I like to stay. However, this summer I've been experimenting a little bit more. Those little owl phone cozies require the use of a sewing machine. The little stinkers. So I figured out the whole shenanigans of how a sewing machine works. Or, at least, I can turn it on and sew a seam. Don't laugh at me yet! Two months ago I wasn't even sure where the 'on' button was, so as you can see, I've made tremendous progress.

Now I'm getting a little daring - probably too daring, to be honest, but I was never one to dip my toes where projects are concerned. It's all or nothing. So now that I'm familiar with the 'on' switch and can sew a straight line and make adorable owl phone cozies...

I'm going to make a quilt!

Whoa, Janelle. Slow down. Are you really ready to tackle a quilt? Probably not, but I'm doing it anyways. Sure, I'll get frustrated. Sure, it probably won't be the most beautiful thing you've ever seen.
And it's not like I'm making a real quilt. Just a t-shirt quilt. So it doesn't have to be perfect. I don't have the patience to make a real one.

I had all of these Houghton shirts sitting around that will never ever be worn again. How many oversized t-shirts do I need? I saved my favorites and tore apart the rest. I'm so excited about this project. Probably I'll hit six billion bumps along the way, but if it turns out at all looking like a quilt, I'll share my secret and let you all know how to make your very own. Bear with me though! This dear blanket of mine probably won't be finished until... well, hopefully before I forget that I cut up my t-shirts. So if you're a patient person and are curious to see how this crazy experiment of mine will turn out, stay tuned! Someday, I'll share the result :)


  1. That's so fun! I've made several T-shirt quilts in my life. My favorite is a really thin one that doesn't have any batting at all. I just used a king sized flat sheet for the back (seaming all around except one square, and then turning right-side out and sewing the hole closed). To finish it, I just tied on all of the corners. But it's so thin, it's perfect for a nap in the summer!

  2. That is such a great idea! I love the idea of a thin quilt for naps.

  3. just be sure to use a jersey needle and you would be frustrated at all ;-) grandma and i always intended to do this with old T shirts of mine and never got around to it... can't wait to see how it turns out!