Hi friends! I know it seems very early to be posting this, but we are in the midst of the Dia de los Muertos Swap with Bee Creative Swaps. During swap times, I always try to post related content, inspiration, and just things I'm generally loving. Some of these items are on Etsy and some of them are just great finds either Lizette or myself have discovered!
TerraMaya makes shrine supplies, molds, and a few pre made items. The pieces are so cute and you can order kits that are easy to put together. Check out TerraMaya on Etsy or on Instagram.
Calaveras y Diablitos is another great shop that has an great assortment of Dia de Muertos themed items as well as other awesome pieces. It's hard for me to pick a favorite item from this Shop! Visit the CyD Shop on Etsy or check them out on Instagram.
Paperlyss is a little different in that the themes of the items in the shop cover a huge range of themes and events, but their Sugar Skull cupcake toppers are SO CUTE! If you're looking for any kind of party supplies, check out Paperlyss on Etsy or on Instagram.
I love the tradition of using marigolds during Dia de los Muertos! These pom poms are such a cute nod to the tradition and made by PomLove. View their poms on Etsy here.
This one is a little different in that it's not from Etsy, but did you know that Pyrex makes Dia de los Muertos inspired containers?! I love my Pyrex containers and get so excited about their seasonal products. I have several of these containers from various holidays, but this design might be favorite! Check them out here.
Hi friends! After a few years of quilting, I *finally* got around to making a t-shirt quilt for a friend. I've always been terrified of making one because I was worried about ruining the t-shirts I was trying to preserve, however, when a friend as me to make one out of all white t-shirts I knew it was a great opportunity to try with limited risk before moving on to t-shirts with designs!
I looked at a few t-shirt quilt guides on Pinterest, but honestly didn't see a whole heck of a lot that was super informative or thorough so I thought I'd do a 2 part post about my experience with making t-shirt quilts. This first part will be about this quilt and I'll write a follow up when I make my second quilt.
Additional fabric for borders
Lightweight fusible interfacing
Ruller or straightedge
I started with first cutting the sleeves and collar off of all the shirts so I would just have solid panels to work with. I attached the interfacing to the large white pieces I had cut. I honestly don't know all the reasons why, but I was taught to apply interfacing with a damp press cloth and to hold the iron still as opposed to actively moving it around.
The stack of shirts from my friend included a purple shirt that I used for color here and there. Once all the interfacing was applied, I cut everything into 3" strips. The interfacing came 15" wide so I decided to keep it simple by using 3" pieces and working in a geometric brick inspired pattern.
Once all my 3" strips were cut, I spaced them out with 3"x1.5" pieces of white fabric. I started laying everything out and playing around with the pattern organically. I wasn't sure what the t-shirts do when going to sew them, but the interfacing kept everything pretty stable and they didn't stretch out!
I really didn't have any master plan with this other than wanting the purple pieces to be evenly spaced. I used the 3" t-shirt strips and then placed 1.5" stripes of plain fabric in between. I don't know if it was entirely necessary, but I was worried that if I didn't space out the stretchy t-shirt material with less stretchy quilting cotton it might be a problem.
Once the top was assembled, I laid it out in typical sandwich format with the backing, batting, and quilt top like any other quilt. Then, of course, pinned the crap out of it. I was worried about stretching during the quilting process.
I didn't take any photos of the actual quilting part, but it really just like quilting anything else! The interfacing kept the fabric from stretching, although I noticed the stitches weren't quite as defined as they sunk into the knit. I was really worried something crazy was going to happen, but it really was just like regular quilting!
Using the purple t-shirt pieces as color inspiration, I use purple backing, binding and quilting thread. The rest was pretty basic quilting stuff! I finished the binding by hand and took several photos before shipping it off to a friend.
If you have a a way to practice messing around with t-shirt fabric, I highly recommend it! I feel way more confident at tackling a quilt with t-shirts that have designs I'm worried about preserving. Ultimately the big takeaway of this practice was well applied interfacing makes t-shirt quilts really easy and not at all scary!
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