I’m very excited to present to you my first piece in the Buffalo/Niagara Region Series. This is Michigan Street. It is mounted onto a painters canvas and has a hanging wire for easy hanging.
I am working on three other quilts at this time to add to this collection. In 2017 or 2018, I hope to have an exhibit at the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda. More information on that will follow!
I am starting a new adventure of exploring the amazing Buffalo/Niagara Region. I have lived here my entire life so far and wanted to capture some of it’s past, present, and future views by using my art. I am enjoying taking trips with my husband to take photos. We usually have an area we photograph. This will be my first series which will continue to grow over the years. I intend to show and sell them at an exhibit next year.
This is the first one I am doing. It will be called Michigan Street Lift Bridges. I’m not very far on it as of this point, however, by the end of this week, I hope to complete it and move onto my next one!
I would love to hear what you think of my idea and if you have any favorite areas I can visit and take photos at.
Above is my original photo. Below is my tracing of this photo and starting to put the fabrics in place.
I will be posting the progress of this and everyone I do. Thank you for reading my blog!
T-shirts are a wonderful way to remember special occasions, events, and a myriad of other reasons. If you are one of the many people who can’t seem to give up those special t-shirts, putting them into a quilt is an excellent idea. You may use this tutorial for creating your own t-shirt quilt or see my Etsy shop for details of how I can do a custom quilt for you.
I want to add that you can use sweatshirts, sports shirts that are made of that waffle fabric, golf shirts (polo), etc. Use the same directions for the prep. Message me if you have any questions.
View #1 is the front and back of the t-shirt I am demonstrating today. Some t-shirts have printing on the back as well as the front. You may want to have both sides in your quilt or just one side. The preparation is the same.
It is very important to wash all of the t-shirts with your normal laundry detergent and 1/2 cup of White Vinegar. The vinegar will remove most or all of the odors.
After you have washed and dried your shirts, you can start cutting them apart. Be sure to lay the t-shirt flat on a table to have more accurate cutting. Make sure you leave at least 2″ around the design you want to use.
View #2 is showing to cut sleeves away from the shirt first. I like to cut close to the seams to allow as much extra fabric room as possible around the design.
4a. Cut along sides of t-shirt
4. Cut along sides of t-shirt
Next is to cut along the side seams of the t-shirt (view 3). This is where it is important to have the t-shirt laying flat. Most t-shirts do not have a side “seam” (where the manufacturer stitched it together). There should be some sort of a crease on the sides that you can follow and cut along that crease. If there is no crease, that is where laying it flat will show you that where that “crease” would be. Be sure to cut along both sides.
Lastly, we move on to the shoulders. The shoulders need to be cut right next to the seams on both shoulders.
If there is a little emblem on a sleeve that you wish to be part of the quilt, just send the sleeve as is to me.
Now you are done with the scissors!
If I am making this quilt for you, all you have to do is send the part of the shirts that have the emblems you wish to have in your quilt.