Saturday Special: A T-Shirt Quilt and an Inspirational Essay

by megan on April 28, 2012

Quilt of the Week

Today’s Quilt of the Week was selected by Jake, who came across it in one of her favorite blogs, Lil Blue Boo. Says Jake, “The reason I really liked this T-shirt quilt is because normally these quilts feature the WHOLE front of a T-shirt and there’s little design or style to bring these together. Instead, Ashley featured cuts from her young daughter’s dresses and gave it a little more flair and a little less ho hum.” Instead of using interfacing, Ashley starches the blocks and uses them on both sides of the quilt. There’s a step-by-step tutorial, so if you’ve ever wanted to preserve some of your child’s sweet little outfits, this is a great way to do that.

 

Post of the Week

Have you ever come across one of those non-crafty types who just doesn’t get why you like to make stuff? I run into those people all the time, and I am often hard-pressed to articulate just exactly why I sew and why it has become so vital to my existence. Deborah of Whipstitch Fabrics has a lovely post this week on why she sews, and when I read it I thought, “This is what I’ve been trying to say.”

When I am at a sewing machine, at MY sewing machine, I focus in a way that few other things in this world can call me to do.  My vision is limited, in the best way, to only that which is directly in front of me.  I am not worried about what I will make for dinner, or when I will get the oil changed, or even how I will pay the bills and cover the rent and appease the IRS.  I am not worried.  The task in front of me is enough.  I have spent untold hours of my life wanting to be enough, and in this one place, I always, always am.  Enough for the task, enough for the machine, enough for the fabric–not because they ask so little, but because they meet me halfway.

The entire essay is lovely and powerful and I guarantee after reading it, you will feel a renewed desire to get to your machine and make something.

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Ashley @ Lil Blue Boo Identicon Icon Ashley @ Lil Blue Boo April 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thank you so much for featuring my quilt! It was so fun to make!

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Sharon Decker Identicon Icon Sharon Decker April 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Isn’t it amazing that no one ever asks a painter of art why do you paint. You are right about what we do being a passion. I NEED to do this and not just want to do this. My soul needs it every day. I tell people that I may not be able to paint a picture, but I can create in fabric. My only regret is that I didn’t discover this passion earlier. I was in my late 40s when I started to quilt. I sew faster now just to make up for it.

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quiltzyx/sue Identicon Icon quiltzyx/sue April 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Cute & different tshirt quilt!
Yes, creating is enough. Just enough. Thanks for sharing!

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