Monday, January 14, 2013

Cutting ...of the Fabric Variety , not the Emo kind

I hit the mother load of cool T-shirts at the op shop on Saturday, after a very unsuccessful trip the previous weekend. The problem with not being a hoarder is that when I decide I want to make stuff out of recycled items (for example a T-shirt quilt-yes I really want to make one of those this year ) I usually don't have any of the very thing I need laying around. Coupled with the fact that Mr. P drops something on his front every single time he eats rendering every T-Shirt he owns in the "utterly disgusting" category by the time he has finished with it  and that means there is a distinct lack of old but useable T-shirts in this house. Mr. P also likes rude or weird sayings on his T-shirts and I cant see myself making a T-shirt quilt with sayings on them like "FBI- now give me all your drugs"  or "Man Whore ".


So I've spent a lot of yesterday cutting those shirts into useable shapes for the far off day when I have enough T-shirts to transform them into a whole quilt. Considering all the cutting I did it doesn't really seem to be that big a pile.  

And then because I'm a glutton for punishment , I went back to hacking up all the shirts I bought last week and started turning them into quilt blocks. 8 blocks done and only 41 to go. 


It wasnt all cutting fabric this weekend I actually finished something -my first finish for 2013 -and only 13 days into the year. Doing the virtual happy dance because I'm too lazy to get my bum off this chair. I wonder how long this motivated streak will last?


Take a plain bathrobe. 


Cut into your extensive chenille stash.


Appliqué like a crazy lady for a few hours. 



And you'll end up with a one of a kind robe.  Total cost : $8.00 bucks and items pilfered from your own stash.  It went home with Miss P . I really really wanted to keep it ....

I have to cram enough work into the next 5 days to feel entitled to have a couple of weeks off. I have  a plane trip coming up next Monday that's going to take me to a place where I'm probably going to be led astray. I'm looking at you Little Miss Sunshine. 



19 comments:

melissa said...

Oh god ...look out Queensland!

Love the bathrobe, it turned out great ; )

x

Marg said...

Oh god.....I have a week to flee the country.
I've warned the local constabulary that you are arriving next week.
Miss P's robe is magnificent. Brilliant idea Mrs P. You should have bought the matching one at the op shop so you could have made one for yourself.
Loving those shirt blocks.

Helsie said...

One natural disaster after another for poor Queensland. Cyclone Shay is about to hit!!
Have fun !!

Mistea said...

Cute new robe. Lucky MissP

Those shirt blocks are looking amazing already.
Don't work too hard this week you need to be relaxed for your holidays!

Karen said...

Oh my but I need a robe like that! So lovely :D

Kris said...

Wow to those shirt blocks! They're amazing!

Kate said...

The robe turned out really cute, beautiful job on the applique.

Enjoy your trip next week. Can't wait to see what you two come up with.

Jennifer said...

Well now......you haven't been sitting idly on your bum while the world floats by, have you? Great job on the robe!

Leanne said...

You are a marvel and enjoy QLD and miss Sunshine.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Love that robe. Superb up cycling skills!!!

Elizabeth said...

I love how that robe turned out! The chenille applique is amazing! Yay you!

The blocks from your cut up shirts are amazing. That quilt is going to be fabulous! And I can't wait to see your t-shirt quilt!

Keep up the good work!

xo -E

Jindi's Cottage said...

Oh great, now you've gone and given me ideas of what to do with the proposed clean out of the t-shirt drawer (unlike Mr P my t-shirts are all boringly plain)...have fun playing with your new t-shirt stash...
The bathrobe...way cool...loving it...and very impressed you've toted up a finish and only 2 weeks in...
QLD take cover, you have been warned!...

Sooli said...

I have a husband who has the same eating disorder as yours! He is completely unable to accurately locate his own mouth when eating. I found the best answer to that is to try to buy t-shirts that have those kind of rubbery/plastic-y type prints on the front, then the dribbled bits tend to slide right off! No stains that way - but more mess on the floor - but hey, that's what dogs are for, right?

thea said...

the robe turned out great. Miss P certainly is lucky. and your shirt blocks are looking great .. but 41 more to go, ouch. Hang in there this week. Your vacation will be here before you know it.

Cynthia Landrie said...

I would love to be led astray by you and Miss Sunshine!

You are an inspiration to me. I love the men's shirt blocks! Can't wait to see what you do with the t-shirts. The robe is just stunning. Are you sure you can give it away? You could always send it here!

Silsbee said...

"Man Whore"? Hahahaa! ;D
Maybe not the best for a quilt, I would agree.

Such a cute robe. :)

Kristie said...

Ithi k you need to borrow back that magnificent robe for your girls' trip! I picture you lounging in it with a bevvie in hand!

Nanci said...

I keep reading about how hot it is right now in your world. when would you wear that robe? So heavy in heat but wonderful to look at. Chenile is one of those things that I run across every so often in op shops as you say it, and think of you. last week the one I saw was in excellent condition. It was tempting. Should have bought it to make a robe for my friend Mary.
I am trying to catch up with blog activities, but the beach calls daily, so I have beome a procrastinator. Oh well, I do knit sometimes too.
good to catch up with your life once more....

Sue SA said...

Love the shirt blocks and the bathrobe is snazzy...but better suited for winter...AND my personal preference is a dark colour to hide the food stains!! Enjoy your holiday, looking forward to the happy snaps.