Thursday, February 23, 2012

High School T-Shirt Quilt

I have been working all week on another t-shirt quilt.  The top is finished!

I will post more pictures when it is finished.  Which is hopefully soon!


I finished the t-shirt quilt this afternoon.  I spent all weekend and Monday quilting and binding.  I also had to patch a few holes.  I think it turned out great.  T-shirt quilts have a super soft feel to them.  These shirts are very loved shirts.  It was such a fun project too.  I really like making t-shirt quilts because there is no pattern to them.  You just have to figure out how the shirts fit best together like a puzzle.  I love the colors of this one, the borders helped bring it back to life.  When the shirts were given to me they were so faded and full of stains and holes.  Now they have color and personality!

Quilt size is 82" by 65" 

Patch #1 
Patch #2 

Binded and backed with a soft blue flannel.


Picking out fabric to go with the shirts.

Here is what the t-shirt quilt looked like when it was given to me.  She had made this about 15 years ago and it was falling apart.  I definitely think it has a new life to it now.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sewing Away

I have been busy sewing and creating.  I find it hard to keep that going and putting it on the blog.  I get so excited about my projects I forget to take pictures or write about it as I am working.  So I will post a few pictures that I just took.  Maybe in time I will get better at this.  

I created a photo prop for my photographer friend.

I love the colors she picked.  Moda Half Moon!

I love it! 


For Valentine's Day I took an old shirt and made it new for my youngest daughter.  I added a skirt, embroidered a cupcake and a little belt with buttons.  Turned out super cute if I do say so myself.

I did fix the buttons once I realized they were not straight. :)


I am working on another t-shirt quilt for my same friend.  These are from her high school days.

 With My Scraps I am making another small quilt.  I love this pattern.  I got the idea from Moda Bake Shop.   It is a fun twist on the 9 patch!  I am still loving these colors!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Donald Duck T-Shirt Quilt

My friend asked me if I knew how to make a t-shirt quilt.  I told her I have made a quilt with my husband's old boxers, but never t-shirts.  I said I would love the challenge though.

The quilt I made my husband out of his old boxers. :P
I met up with her 1 1/2 weeks ago and she handed me a large bag of old t-shirts.  I was excited to get started, but worried about ruining all of her shirts by cutting them up.  I had a quilting friend tell me that they are like putting together a puzzle because every shirt isn't the exact same size and the print can throw things off too.  I understood what she was talking about once I cut them up.  It was going to be like Tetris, which actually was my favorite video game ever!  And so the fun of putting the t-shirt quilt puzzle together has begun.  I really am having fun with this.  Here is what I have done so far.  To be continued...

Don't mind the mess...And I have noticed I need to vacuum.   But that will have to wait until I finish the more important stuff, sewing!

I think I like this layout.  I also saved some tags of the shirts for fun embellishment. 


After putting the sides on I think one more bottom border with these 3 shirts will finish the quilt off perfectly! 

 ****UPDATE #2****
Finished!  Took about 10 hours total to make.  It was fun figuring out how to put it all together.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bi Bim Bop Recipe

We used to live in South Korea for 2 years.  It was a great experience.  One of the things we miss the most is the food.  We lived in Germany too for 4 years and I am fine without their food.  But I crave Korean food!  It really is that good!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it and looking at these pictures.  I have a recipe that came close to my favorite dish, Bi Bim Bop.  It is delicious!  If you want to see what Korean food is like this is a good place to start.

Bi Bim Bop at a South Korean restaurant.

Some of the recipes to choose from.  In South Korea they had pictures and plastic replicas of all their dishes.  Made it easy to order for us Americans who could not figure the language out.

Bi Bim Bop Recipe 

2 cups white rice (cook)

I used 1 pound chicken (dark meat), can use 1 pound lean beef 

*Marinade For Meat:
2 cloves garlic,
2 scallions
5 T soy sauce
2 T sugar
2 T veg. oil
1 t sesame seeds

Cook meat on bbq or in frying pan

frozen spin
bean sprouts
(you can use whatever you want.  I used broccoli cole slaw, bean sprouts, spinach, and cucumbers)

Fry carrots or cole slaw in veg oil till tender set aside in bowl.
Fry cooked spin. in veg oil with slt and pepper then set aside in bowl
Boil bean sprouts in 1/4 cup water and little slt for 3 min.  Drain and set aside in bowl

Cut up cucumbers into small slices and set aside in bowl

Fry eggs, over med.  Set aside

You also need Korean Paste Ko Chee Chang 
can also add Kimchee if available

Each person can take what likes.  Put couple scoops of rice in bowl.  ( I added butter for the kids since they were not going to use the paste)  Then add all the veggies you would like and meat then an egg on top and then the paste.  Then stir till all mixed up and then eat and enjoy!

This is how our plate turned out.  It was actually really good.  The kids loved it too.  The red paste is spicy so we didn't put any on the kid plates.