myurbandream: (the geek shall inherit the earth)
no quilting this weekend - lauren is at dragoncon. *poutpout* i've never been, but it looks amazing.

anyway, i technically am at a point where i don't need to use any of lauren's stuff to work on the quilt, but i don't really want to work alone - i like spending time with her, and working on the quilt is a good reason. it's become our sunday thing.

last week i sewed the last edge of the stabiliser onto the tshirt layer. it's doing this freakish puckering thing, which lauren says is because the layers stretch differently. (thank god i didn't use jersey or it would have been hellishly worse!) i also rolled out the batting last weekend, to decide if a really want to use it. the answer is yes - it makes the whole thing so soft and fluffy and squishy! it feels more like a quilt as opposed to just a blanket, now. the challenge is that the batting is technically 90" wide, and my quilt right now is about 95" wide. but batting stretches! so, after fighting with the batting for a while, i finally got that pinned in place. i ended up pinning it a little in from the edge on two sides, rather than stretch it too much. but i was dumb about it, so now what i need to do is go fix it. i pinned the batting from the bottom of the layer, which means i have to have access to the bottom in order to get those pins out. but i can't take those pins out until i'm ready to do the actual quilting, 'cause that's the only way the batting is going to be attached, in some places. and at that point the green back layer will be pinned over top of the batting, all the way to the edges, and i won't have bottom-side access anymore. so now i need to go back and pin the batting in place from the top of the quilt. and i need to lay it out flat to do it.

lauren and i went to a church off 290 last week to meet up with her sca palls and do crafty things. lots of people were working with cloth projects, but there was other stuff happening too - cording, copper, wood, etc. one guy was doing the calligraphy for some illuminated texts, and it was beautiful. i commandeered the stage, since it was wide enough to spread out my whole quilt flat to work on it. that was very nice.

so, presuming i continue to have free time on weekends (which is no sure thing; i'm amazed it's lasted this long) i am getting close to being done with this thing. hurrah!
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gah, freaking quilt!!!! it keeps growing.

so, i bought that extra fabric that i realized i would need, you know, since the quilt was bigger than i'd planned for and my other fabric turned out to be not as wide as i'd thought. and i did my math and cut up the new pieces - didn't even cut off the extra, just pinned it all together so it would be as big as possible. and yesterday at lauren's place i started work on sewing the stabilising layer together.

after i had it sewn together i started to pin it to the quilt/front/tshirt layer, just to check, y'know, 'cause that seems a sensible precaution to take, before starting on the finished back piece. and it's a damn good thing i did, because it turns out that my stabilising layer, which should be 95"x95", is not as big as my front piece.


so i had a little bit of scrap, and lauren had some extra broadcloth lying around, and i patched together another 10" along each side of the quilt. yeah, this thing is getting monstrous.

the plan now is to just keep adding to the stabilising layer until it's as big as the tshirt layer, and then i'm going to pin or maybe even just sew the tshirt layer to the stabilising layer so it will stop growing and i can figure out how big the rest of it will have to be.

also, college starts tomorrow. *surrenders*


ETA: lessons have been learned!!

so apparently when i pinned this thing in my lap yesterday, i was stretching out the tshirt layer too much. (the tshirts are all stretchy, like they do, and i didn't use any interfacing on them, but now i see why that can be a useful step to not skip. oops.) i laid out the front piece on my living room floor just now (we had to move the couch and the end tables to get enough room, but it fits) and laid the stabilising layer over top, and it fit just perfectly without having to add the extra strips along the sides. which means i now have to pick off said extra layers, but whatever.

so now the stabilising layer is pinned to the tshirt layer, and i've pinned together the back layer. the back layer, thank god, is actually a bit bigger than the stabilising layer. so i can sew together the green back piece, sew the brown stabiliser to the back of the tshirt layer, put the batting in the middle, tie it, and then bind the edges. yay!!!!

only a small portion of that is going to happen today, of course. *headdesk*


in other news, jim and i made omelettes and bacon and biscuits with gravy from scratch for breakfast this morning. mmmmm, tasty. :D
myurbandream: (i'm smart! (honestly))

so you know how i'm making a quilt? and i have a square design using a 7x7 grid of 13" tiles, which ends up being 91"x91"? and when i bought material i planned on having a 91"x91" unfinished dimension to work with?

well, my quilt is decidedly NOT 91"x91". it's more like 7'11" (95") on the vertical, instead of 7'7" like it's supposed to be. and it's about 95" on the horizontal, too. which means i have an extra four inches of material to cover in each direction. i probably didn't sew my seams wide enough.

aaaaaand my bolt of fabric is only about 39"-40" wide, instead of the 43"-ish i was planning on.


SO!! let's see if i need to go back to the fabric store or not.


ETA: oh yeah, i'm boned.

so it turns out that the green fabric is narrower than the brown. i do have about a 44" width on the brown; it's just the green that's 39". so, doing the math, i need another 48" length of my green to finish out the back of the quilt - i'm going to err on the side of caution and get a full yard and a half. and i'm a little short on the brown as well - i'll need another 24" or so of that - so i'm gonna pick up another yard there as well.

in other weirdness, i supposedly got 200" of both colors of fabric, and supposedly cut two 95" strips off of each of them. but somehow i ended up with 7" extra of green, and 14" extra of brown. in pure math, i should have had 10" of each. i have no vaping clue what happened there.

so... back to the store with me. *headdesk*


ETA: how to tie a quilt -
myurbandream: (i'm smart! (honestly))
quilting update!!!

so today i went to the early service at church and then.... lauren and i went on a field trip to jo ann's fabric store! yay!!

so, nix to the jersey. i got a 1/4" layer of batting - some kind of polyester stuff? - and then i got two additional layers: that cheap broadcloth, to put behind the tshirts as a stabilising layer; and some 100% cotton for the backing and the border (which lauren calls "binding"). the back is going to be a nice forest green, with a gray-ish navy border around both sides. and all of this was under my $60 budget!

and then we went back to lauren's apartment. we put the new cloth in the wash and i went to work on my quilt while lauren did some calculus homework and also started a new project - a skirt. and then.... I FINISHED THE FRONT OF MY QUILT.

*throws confetti*

so now that's the hard part done. i've got to get my three easy layers cut to size and pinned together before i go back to lauren's later in the week. then i can sew those pieces together into squares. once i've got my four squares i (and lauren if she's unoccupied) can pin the layers together, in preparation for... the actual quilting of the quilt! (that's the part where you sew all the layers together. :D)

and then i add the binding/border/thing... and i'm done. woohoo!!! i'd dearly love to finish this before the semester begins - 'cause once that happens i will have ZERO free time to work on it until, oh, say, thanksgiving break.

side note: i need to remember to ask after my copy of 'good omens' the next time i' m over at lauren's place.

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SO!!! i've been doing the math for my quilt, and here's what i've learned:

for the back and the batting, each, i'll need three pieces of 8' fabric (assuming they're 3' wide; sometimes fabric comes in 2-yard widths on the bolt, i think). for the borders, i can get one piece of fabric 3' x 8'6" and that will be enough to make all four pieces of the border, assuming the border is 3" wide on each side of the quilt.

so that's a lot of fabric. i think i'm supposed to be getting jersey, since i didn't use interfacing on the front of the quilt (which is still not done.....), instead of cotton like i was originally planning. but i figure i can ask at the fabric store and they'll tell me what they recommend.

and i need to buy a box of pins, since i left lauren's pins at her place last weekend and i don't have any of my own. i haven't got any pinning done this week because of that. *sadface*



ETA: so there's a LOT of fabric in a fabric store. this is a new experience for me. :D

well, i couldn't find any jersey, but i did find just about everything else, including about eight million different kinds of cotton. so i guess i'm using cotton?

but i don't know if i should - because tshirts are all stretchy, right, and cotton is not so much with the stretchy. so i'd have to be careful pinning and measuring and what-not, or i'd end up mis-aligning everything. but i suppose if i pin it right, it could be okay. i really need some expert advice on this.

and i need to decide quickly, because the "broadcloth" is on sale this weekend, and i figure that if it's acceptable for use as batting, then that's cheap batting right there.

i guess i can leave the decision about the rest of it until later, but i'm not really sure what colors i want, and that's the real kicker. i'm planning on doing a solid-colored back, and then the border all in one material, whatever that ends up being. there's this stuff called calico, which so far as i can tell is like cotton with a pattern on it. it's kind of expensive, but some of the patterns are neat. but maybe having a patterned material would be too distracting with my color-blocks of t-shirts. so say i just do a solid color. jim recommended navy blue and forest green, which are colors we both like. i dunno.

in other news, i got PINS!!! so now i can pin together the rest of the columns, in preparation for sewing. sewing tomorrow? *hopeful*
myurbandream: (the geek shall inherit the earth)
quilting update!

so, last weekend i didn't get as far as i'd hoped. i wanted to finish the entire front piece last weekend, but i'm not quite there: i have all the tiles sewn into rows except for the three oversize pieces. i didn't measure them, so i have to lay them side-by-side with a normal column/row and figure out where the seam needs to go. so there's those three pieces, and then of course i have to actually sew the columns (and the top row) together.

so i need to do that this coming weekend.

but my original plan for this weekend was to start - or at least plan for - the batting, backing and border. i don't have the material for those yet, and it would be great if i could get that before this weekend, so i'm all ready to start. but i don't have clue one about what kind of material to get, or how much i'll need, or even what colour i want. so i need to do that before i buy the material, and i need to buy the material before i can actually work with it. i have this weekend, and then next weekend cait is coming to visit, and the weekend after that is the weekend before school starts, on the 23rd. so..... i'm totally screwed.
myurbandream: (the geek shall inherit the earth)
quilting update!!!

yesterday i went over to lauren's apartment and officially started on my tshirt quilt, and i continued today. i'm now at the point of no return: i cut things up. *le gasp*

so here's the plan right now:

1 - pick out all the tshirts that i'll need, with the correct number of designs given the size of quilt and size of tile that i want to use. done
2 - cut the tshirts into halves and remove the sleeves. done (note: most tshirts don't have seams on the side, so you just have to lay them flat and guess.)
3 - make a tile frame. done
4 - cut out all the tiles. done
5 - arrange the tiles in whatever design i want to use (i'm probably going to put the oversized ones in the corners, with smaller ones making up the difference of the adjacent tiles). done on july 20
6 - patch any tiles that need patching. done on july 25
7 - sew the tiles together in rows or columns, and then attach them all together. done on august 8
8 - buy (or make from recycled scraps) the material for the batting, backing, and borders (jersey?). done on august 8
8b - assemble the pieces of the layers. done
9* - sew the tshirt layer and stabiliser edges together. done on august 29
10 - tie-stitch the three layers together.
11 - sew on the border.

so despite the fact that i have been very productive in the past few days, i still have a loooooooot to do. and, um, maybe five more weekends to do it in. fml.
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okay, i'm finally back to working on my tshirt quilt - i only have about 5 weeks left until school starts and i want to be done by then. so i rounded up some more shirts to add to the quilt. i'm shooting for getting 49 usable tiles and deciding from there what to do - before i cut them up, of course. the plan is to have all of them picked out and placed before i even start cutting them up. we'll see.

but my math is coming out off by a round 10 tiles, so i need to type this up in a more organized way, i think. so here we go:

the shirts )

so... here's what i have:
total pieces = 60
discards = 3 (maybe 5)
blanks = 11
tiles to keep = 44 (maybe 46)

if i'm shooting for 49 (7x7-tiled quilt) then i need at minimum three more tiles, and i'd be more comfortable with four or five. or i could just keep all my discards, and then i have the perfect number. but i discarded them for a reason - they look dumb, etc. usually the reason for which i don't really like to wear them. but this is for posterity, so i really should be including all the designs, even the ones i don't like at the moment... right?

the solution! )

okay, so now i have 49 tiles. i need to figure out how the oversized ones are going to work, and cut out all the tiles, and sew them together. steps one and two of that can kind of happen at the same time, i suppose. so that's next. scary!!! once i start cutting up shirts, i'm committed - point of no return.

myurbandream: (the geek shall inherit the earth)
a bit more research about quilts...

from -

Comforter Sizes
* Twin--68 x 86 inches (or 173 x 218 cm)
* Full/Queen--86 x 86 inches (or 218 x 218 cm)
* King/California King--100 x 90 inches (or 254 x 229 cm)

so i think what i'm going for is a double aka 'full' bed quilt.

the tile jenni gave me is for a 13"x13" square of tshirt, which fits all but one of the designs i want to keep thus far. if i'm going for a double then i need 6 or 7 rows and columns of shirts. 7x7=49, and 7 units of 13" each would be 91 inches before the border (i've definitely decided not to do sashing, after seeing how well jenni's tshirt quilt looks without it). so a 7x7 at 13" gives me a 91"x91" quilt, plus a few more inches on each side for the border.

so. 49 tiles in a 7x7 square. round to 50 and half that is 25 tshirts that i'll need, minimum, assuming i use the front AND the back of all but one of said tshirts. right now i have 14 that i've picked out, with another two or three i'd be fine to give to the quilt, but that still leaves a good 8 shirts that i'm missing. and that assumes that i use both sides of every shirt, including the blank sides, of which i have about five right now.

however, one of my tshirts has a design that is longer than 13", which i want to keep whole in the quilt, so that one can take up two tiles, with either a smaller design or a blank piece to make up the difference of the second tile. if i do a smaller design, then i'm still using two designs in two tiles, just spaced differently. if i do a blank piece then i'll have 48 designs instead of 49, since that design will take up two tiles. i think i'll still need 25 shirts, though, because i'll have 48 designs in 49 tiles.... right?

on top of that, there are two or three designs that i actively don't want to keep in the quilt, so that loses me a few tiles of the tshirts i have set aside already. so, let's assume i don't include the blanks and i don't include those undesirable designs. of the 14 shirts i have set aside so far... there are two designs i don't want to keep, and four shirts that have one side blank. that knocks out six pieces. so of 14 shirts (28 sides) i actually have 22 pieces for the quilt. but one of those is the double-length, so if i do a blank piece to make up the length, then i actually have 23 pieces. so: 49-23=26. so i need at least 26 more pieces, maybe 27 - that's about 13 more shirts. if i include blanks then that number goes down.

here's a thought: if i use a 14" tile, then... a 6x6 @ 14" would be 6x14"=84" to a side, plus say a 3" border on each side, then that comes to 90"x90" at the end. that could work - it's about 7" smaller than a 7x7 @13", but it's still bigger than the size listed on that website. and then i only need 36 pieces, too: 36-22=14 pieces, or 7 more shirts. i still have the problem of that one design being too long - it's something like 16" i think - but i can solve it in the same way as in a 13" tile.

i like this much better.
myurbandream: (let's have fun)
so... i may be a little crazy.

i've decided to make a t-shirt quilt this summer. (oh, yeah, btw - DONE with the semester! woot!) i have a lot of tshirts - far more than i really need - and some of them i want to keep but i don't really wear them anymore. so i've had in mind for a while now to make a quilt out of them.

for the record, the extent of my sewing experience is the occasional patch to clothes, and cosplay work. i can use a sewing machine, but just barely.

so, from what i've learned so far from some online reading, )these are the basic steps i'm setting myself up for: (and the first thing to do is find a sewing machine!)

1 - decide which tshirts to use; count how many there are and how many designs they have
2 - decide on what material/colour to use for border and backing; decide on what material to use for batting, if any; find the right type of fusible interfacing
3 - get supplies: sewing machine, needles and thread, scissors, backing, batting, interfacing
4 - determine a layout
5 - cut the tshirts (leave lots of extra width around the edges)
6 - iron the interface to the tshirt pieces
7 - lay out all the pieces and sew them together: first in columns, then the columns together
8 - lay the batting and backing with the top piece and make wide hand stitches through all three layers for the ties; cut the stitches on the back side and tie the threads off
9 - sew the edges together (i'm massively simplifying this step from how i'm supposed to do it, but i think i'd rather cheat and spare myself the work)
10 - sew on the border pieces

...this is going to take some time. *facepalm*

ETA: allison (who is about two steps away from being a sister-in-law and is really cool besides) has told me that if i use jersey for the backing then i don't have to mess with the interfacing at all. yay! but this means i can't use cotton for the backing OR the batting OR the borders, so i'll have to keep that in mind.


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