The Great T-Shirt Memory Quilt Challenge – Weeks Four and Five

The challenge: To construct a T-shirt memory quilt for my niece
for her high school graduation

I am beginning to wonder if I started my niece’s T-shirt quilt too early. Since she is not graduating until May I don’t feel the pressure that usually makes me productive. Blogging about this project has helped me start sewing again and has brought me face to face with unfinished projects. Instead of setting them aside I have been completing them as I clear my sewing area.

Finally turning away from these distractions I spent time reading the book How to Make a Too Cool T-Shirt Quilt. Deciding I was never going to learn enough to be comfortable I started cutting up T-shirts. Stressful! With so many different sized blocks in this quilt, numbers have been whirling in my head day and night. And some anxiety. What if I get the dimensions wrong? What if I make an error cutting a shirt? All this uncertainty caused me to flee the project every day after only a few minutes of work.

Today, I decided it was time to get serious and relied on a tried and true companion for times of angst. I cranked up some good old rock and roll and got busy. About 20 minutes into my cutting, just when my tension was reaching a peak, Three Dog Night came on the internet station with Shambala.

Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala
Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I put down my rotary cutter and danced around the room expelling negative energy and releasing some healthy endorphins. Luckily, no one was home so I could groove with abandon. With my mood improved I returned to the cutting table with energy. Hallelujah!

While not finished cutting, I am more than halfway done and gaining confidence with each cut. So my accomplishments for weeks 4 and 5 of the great T-Shirt Memory Quilt challenge are:
  1. I read the book How to Make a Too Cool T-Shirt Quilt by Andrea T. Funk.
  2. I finished sewing a hat and vest for my granddaughter.
  3. I cut 18 blocks for my T-shirt quilt.
  4. I am arranging the blocks on the family room floor…hope nobody wants to use that room.
  5. Pohey is a stressful project. Since I can only handle so much stress Pohey remains on the To Do list. (Don’t worry Brie… I am blogging about Pohey so I will have to eventually finish repairing your baby quilt.)
If you want to keep up with my weekly progress, see Week OneWeek Two and Week Three.
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4 thoughts on “The Great T-Shirt Memory Quilt Challenge – Weeks Four and Five”

  1. You have got to be the FAV Auntie. What a super super project and something she will always cherish. I notice no “marijuana leaves” on any t-shirts. Good girl……
    LOVE your posts.

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