I am not the most imaginative person in blogland. So when someone else does something I like, I don’t hesitate to borrow their ideas. I saw the Shirt challenge on Tracee’s blog, and wanted to join, because I just happened to have a bag of shirts begging to become a quilt.
Then I saw the Charmed Star QAL on Terry’s blog. I really wanted to sew along, but I don’t have any appropriate fabric, and I absolutely can’t buy any more right now.
But then I was perusing Sheila’s blog, and she was combining the two projects, and I totally fell in love with her first block.
So with Sheila’s permission, I’m copying her idea. Do you have any idea how long it takes to dismantle 6 shirts?
I spent an entire afternoon/evening taking them apart, and ironing the pieces flat. I spent another entire afternoon/evening cutting the 5” squares.
That’s a five inch stack. I didn’t count all of them, but the first shirt yielded 44 squares, and I’m sure the others were all similar. Four shirts were long sleeved, and two were short sleeved. I kept the pockets, and I’m trying to think of a way to incorporate them. They may appear on the back.
I also harvested all the buttons. That was a little time consuming, too.
So, not much sewing this week, but I was productive. Some of those smaller shirt scraps may turn up as mug rugs, but I’m running out of time so not sure about that yet.
I did make a small bag and a few other scrappy mug rugs earlier in the week.
The bag is small, with diagonal pockets inside, and will be perfect for carrying my small cross stitch projects. I received one of these bags for Christmas one year, and my yoyo making supplies are stored in it.
Thank you all for your emails and comments about DH. He continues to be just fine, and we’ve rescheduled our vacation for next week. We’ve gone walking a few times this week, and we took a daytrip to the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay on Wednesday.
We discovered a boat ramp at Elk Neck State Park that we plan to visit next summer. We’ve been to visit Turkey Point Lighthouse in the park in the past, but were unaware that there was a boat ramp.
Next stop was Chesapeake City, which is located at the midpoint of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. As we were driving over the bridge to enter the town, there was a huge container ship just below us. By the time we got parked and ran down to the water, it was nearly gone.
We stopped in a few of the shops and then paid a visit to the C&D Canal Museum. The canal operates fully at sea level, so there is no need for locks. Approximately 40% of the container ships at the Port of Baltimore, have traversed the Canal. Pleasure boats are allowed, and we’d like to kayak here some day, too!
Our travels also took us through picturesque Chestertown and Rock Hall, MD. We enjoyed sandwiches for dinner while sitting on the beach at Rock Hall, overlooking the Bay.
If you look really hard in the picture below, you can see the Bay Bridge in the distance.
And here are some pictures on the Chester River as the sun prepares to set.
that was our practice day, and now we’re ready for vacation. Bring it on!!