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Not Just for T-Shirt Quilts – Part 1

I am huge on family memories stories and tangible items.  It’s even better if the item can be sewn!  You can wrap yourself up in those memories or hang them on the wall to gaze upon those memories every day!

You may have heard about T-shirt Quilts.  If not, these are quilts that are made from t-shirts that were saved typically from a young adult’s childhood (ie: sport participation, musicals, school functions, vacations, etc.)

There are quilts that are termed as memory quilts (t-shirt quilts are just a part of that category) are designed from any memory that can be sewn.  For example:  Ties, Hankies, Dance Costumes, Button Down Shirts, even photos (I make a copy of them for the quilt) to name a few.

Currently, I am designing and making a hanky quilt from my customer’s mother’s hankies.  I had a few challenges (which I love to figure out).

  1.  The hankies are a thin fabric  and a bit fragile.  So I decided to back them with Heat and Bond Lite to support the fabric and adhere it to a piece of white fabric (another piece of the puzzle that I will explain).
  2. When I ironed the hankies, they were almost impossible to make perfectly square, so I decided adhering to the white fabric would give me that perfect square to attach to other pieces for a good result.
  3. A couple of hankies had hand crocheted borders that needed to be starched.  I never did that before, but I knew how to do it.  Not hard, but time consuming!!!
  4. The photos below are showing the hanky in the original state.  I started pinning the point of each set of stitches.
  5. After it was all pinned and straight, I sprayed it with Terial Magic and let it dry over night




I was impressed that it came out stiff as a piece of paper!  I was able to adhere it to the white fabric, stitch down and secure the crochet stitches and then eventually into the quilt.


This is the point I am at so far.  It will be a very big quilt when completed.  I’ll keep you updated as to the progression!!

Please leave a comment to tell me (or ask me) about this article!

Thank you for supporting handmade and reading my corner of the blog world!!

Peace – Pam




Wedding Art Quilt

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I am so blessed to be able to do another wedding art quilt for a returning customer through!

I glued the fabric down to block the colors and give it a bit of visual texture.  Now I’m in the process of painting it.  It’s due August 19.  I’m working hard to meet that date!

Doing special art quilts for customers is so exciting for me and in a way humbling.

You may wonder, “Why is there a hair dryer in the photos?  What does Pam use the hair dryer for?”  Well, I am an impatient artist.  The hair dryer allows me to quickly dry the paint so I can continue to paint quicker.

I really enjoy the combination of paint and fabric together to create a unique piece of art.   Continuing with classes to improve my painting and drawing will be in my future!

I would love to hear your comments!!


Beaded Tuxedo Bow Tie

My son has his prom next week.  His girlfriend is wearing a black satin gown with a black satin belt and a rhinestone bow in the front.

Last Thursday night, he came down with his then black satin bow tie from his tuxedo and asked me to bead it.  So, I got my seed beads out and reluctantly began to hand stitch each bead on this tie.


It took me a total of 7 hours of beading and I have no idea how many beads I sewed on.  It turned out pretty good I think!  Now, I’m wondering if there is a market for these kinds of ties!


Please tell me if there’s a market for these ties!!  Thank you!!


Message from the Heart

This is an email I received from my son, Jake.  He is working in St. Louis helping the homeless.  I had the opportunity in the winter to visit him and was really impressed on the way this organization puts their heart and sole into helping the needy and understanding how to live simply and within their means.

Thank you for considering donating to this amazing cause.


Hi Mom,

Today is Give St. Louis Day, a 24-hour giving campaign that raises money for various non-profits in St. Louis.  Depaul USA, the organization that I work for, is taking part in raising funds for our new program, the St. Lazare House.  This program is among the first of its kind. All of the money donated to our program will benefit homeless young adults. Young adults who spend there days on the street are much more likely to end up in a never ending cycle of homelessness. Also, they are often mistreated. 60% report sexual abuse, 50% are already parents, 33% engage in survival sex, 46% are physically abused, 56% experience mental health issues and over 40% have been abandoned by those they trusted most. Depaul USA’s new program, the St. Lazare House, will be housing 15 young adults who are homeless. Our programs will help them gain the knowledge, experience and support they need to live a happy and independent life off of the streets. The St. Lazare House is set to open in early September and we need all the help we can muster! Every penny counts! Please consider donating to Depaul USA! For more info, pictures or to donate, please visit . Thank you very much and God bless.
Please be sure to pass this on to your friends and family!!
Love you lots,
-Jake Pandolfi
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Teaching Engagements

This week is a busy and exciting one for me!

Monday, April 3, I will be holding my last class for a very successful T-shirt quilt class at Sweet Home School’s Community Education.  I will be doing more classes, and will post when those are!!

Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30pm I will be doing a hands-on presentation on The Meaning of Color at the Newman Center on Skinnerville Road.  I’ll be talking about how colors effect our mood, spiritual meaning of colors, and bible references of the colors. We will be painting, so if you come, please wear a smock.

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm I will be at the Twin City Quilt Guild presenting my Trunk Show.  I am excited to tell my quilt journey and share my quilts!

Tuesday and Wednesday are at no cost to you. Please come and join these presentations! I would love to see you!






Work from home ideas!

1. Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business This is a great job for animal lovers who enjoy getting paid for caring for and playing with other people’s pets. Dogs and cats are the most common pets that need care when owners are away.

via 20 Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Parents (5 min read) — Millionaire’s Digest