My Quilt is Finished!

Nearly all my favorite T-shirts have succumbed to tears, holes, stains, shrinkage (or in the case of my body, growth) but I couldn’t stand to give or throw them away. I’d read in a story about someone who made a quilt of all their favorite concert T-shirts, so I started thinking about how I could do the same with my own favorites.

As of last night, it’s finished. I present my quilt of favorite T-shirts. As you can see, most are (were) Doctor Who in nature.

quiltIt’s chock full of errors. I am no sort of seamstress at all. But it’s warm and relatively durable and it delights my eye. So there.

Each T-shirt rectangle is backed with broadcloth or duck cloth, whichever scrap I had on hand that would fit. All the pieces were then sewn into larger rectangles of approximately the same size, which were then joined into strips, which were then joined side by side. Differences in rectangle size were made up with sections of blank T-shirt also on broadcloth/duck cloth. Some rectangles are made of my favorite sleeves – I like to scavenge fun sleeves off knit tops and sew them into my T-shirt sleeves. The stripey ones especially.

After the whole top was finished, I scavenged a comforter from the thrift store and cut it to size to be the bottom layer of the quilt. Then folding quilt tape all around the edges. Since the batting is already contained in the comforter layer, it won’t bunch up in the quilt. I may later do a few stitches to anchor the top more securely to the bottom.

Long Scarf Resources

I’ve posted before about the project of making a 4th Doctor long scarf (The Long, Long Scarf, Part 2 and Part 3). I remember seeing a comparison chart for the various incarnations of the Doctor’s scarf so you can see the various lengths and stripe differences. I can’t find that exact thing now, but in the process I did trip over this handy little tool to help you track the progress of your own scarf project, and this page accomplishes precisely the same thing I wanted.

scarf-o-meterI’ve almost run out of steam on my “inspired by” scarf project. This is the scarf that doesn’t conform to any official pattern and has lots of mistakes in it, as it’s what I’ve been learning how to knit upon. One thing I have learned is that the typical 60- or 66-stitch widths are way too wide for my liking. When I do my special scarf, it will have the right stripes and length but perhaps half or two thirds the width.

Here again are links to what look to me to be the two most useful sites about making the long, long scarf:


With a Cherry on Top

lostgirls97‘s uncle built this TARDIS for use out and about around Minneapolis. This is probably the best TARDIS in the wild I’ve ever seen a picture of.

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I am assuming the spoon and cherry are behind it rather than somehow emanating from it. Although that would be cool too.