T-shirt Quilt Camp

One of my sweet students from last summer requested a t-shirt quilt camp for this year.  I’m a pretty avid quilter, but I had never made a t-shirt quilt, so I jumped at the chance.  After a few prototypes, I decided on a construction method I think was perfect for our camp setting.  By making a rag quilt, we were able to quilt the blocks as they were created, rather than having to quilt the entire assembled quilt.  The t-shirts were stabilized, trimmed to size, and sashed with woven fabrics which would unravel nicely when washed.  We used fleece for the backing.  I’ll let the results speak for themselves! (Click on an image below to browse the gallery.)

This was a fun group of girls to spend the week with and I think the t-shirt rag quilt needs to be a regular on the studio class schedule!

Another creative week!

Last week’s sewing camp for beginners was a blast!  The girls did a fantastic job on all of their projects!

After getting some practice on the sewing machines, they made some really cute patchwork pillows!  I love the fabric combinations they put together!  After that, there was no stopping them. They made fun journal covers,  lined tote bags, and cute pin-on fabric flowers!   I hope these girls continue sewing; they should be very proud of what they accomplished!  I’m so glad I had the chance to introduce them to sewing!

The first classes in the new studio!

The first week in the new studio was awesome!  I had four fantastic beginners in the morning camp and four creative advanced beginners in the afternoon camp.  In total, I think they made at least 24 artsy fabric note cards, eight journal covers, eight letter shaped pillows, 12 handy fabric boxes, eight adorable tote bags, more than six fabric flowers, six headbands, a fabric billfold, three pincushions, and eight zippered wristlets!  That’s a pretty productive week in my book.

It’s so much fun to see the creativity they bring to the projects we work on in class.  Everything looked great and everything was so different!

I don’t have a camp this week, but I’ll be busy getting ready for the rest of the summer.  I’m hoping to get some workshops and classes on the calendar soon and start working on a schedule and new patterns for the fall.  Check back soon for details!