Valley of the Sun Shop Hop 2011 ~ A T-Shirt Makeover
I am not a quilter, although I have made a couple of very simple rag quilts and a couple of machine embroidered wall quilts. I love anything that involves fabric and a sewing machine. Just as much as that, I love being in a store that sells fabric, supplies, patterns, books, etc.
A few of my sewing buddies and I are spending the day tomorrow shop hopping for the Valley of the Sun Shop Hop. There are 12 local Phoenix area quilt shops participating. Registration was $5 and included a charm and a passport that is stamped as each store is visited. If all 12 shops stamp the passport, it is entered into a drawing for a Bernina 350 PE. There will also be winners of $100 gift certificates.
My friends and I decided it would be fun to make matching shirts to wear on our outing. We decided on the inexpensive craft shirts that you can get for about $3 each at Joann’s and Wal-Mart, we chose the lime green.
We embroidered “Quilt Shop Hopper” and a quilter’s heart/feather design in purple thread.
Because I used the wrong bobbin in my machine during my first attempt at the embroidery, I caused a thread nest which needed to be cut and caused a hole in the shirt.
After fixing my goof and re-hooping the shirt, I used a heart design that I digitized to cover the hole.
After the embroidery was done, I did some alterations to the shirt.
I started by folding over the neckline edge to make it more narrow and stitching it with a long wide zig-zag stitch.
I also folded up the sleeves with a double fold and used the same zig-zag to stitch the fold in place.
I re-shaped the shirt’s hem edge and used a strip of steam a seam to fold up the new hem before using the zig-zag again to stitch it in place.
(The spots are water spots from steaming the hem. I didn’t wait for them to dry before taking the photo.)
Now I am ready for the fun to begin!