Tutorial: How to make a T-shirt quilt

T-shirt quilts are popular in the USA but less common in the UK as far as I am aware.

The idea is you find a collection of t-shirts, such as for your favourite football team, or collected on holidays or at music festivals, and cut them up to make a quilt. I tend not to wear t-shirts much, but in my work overseas in the humanitarian world, branded t-shirts are common to identify yourself as a staff of an NGO and make it easier to work with communities and government officials etc, as well as showing off your donor’s logo as required!

As a natural-born hoarder, I have kept all of my response t-shirts from all my overseas aid work, as well as various t-shirts collected from other events here and there, and I recently discovered them gathering dust and mould in my attic and decided my maternity leave was the ideal time to get started doing something useful with them.

It is also 10 years since my first deployment as a humanitarian to South Sudan in 2009, the beginning of my career as an aid worker, so a quilt to mark 10 years of my humanitarian career seems fitting! However I must admit that over the years some of the NGOs I have worked for have significantly more t-shirts than others, and one NGO I have worked with for around 3 years only ever had 1 t-shirt (once you settle into HQ you tend not to get so much of the branded stuff) so the quilt appears rather skewed towards one particular NGO which is not necessarily reflective of my career but nevermind – I’ll let you guess which one!

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More crafty things

You may have noticed my blog has become utterly dominated with adoption stuff, because, you know, becoming a mum is the single biggest thing to ever happen to me. It’s fairly monotonous and dull, which is not unlike my life at the moment – very little else going on in my life so there’s less to write about.
However in my boredom I have been missing my pottery classes and so have set about doing some more knitting and sewing and crafting in the evenings to keep myself busy and less bored.

So to break up the monotony of talking about adoption and being a mum here are some of my recent crafty projects instead!

Crafty Play Kitchen

This was a little project I stumbled across on the internet and IMMEDIATELY had to make.

Luckily my god-daughter was about to turn 2, so I had the perfect opportunity to make it!! I was very pleased with the end result – it’s adorable, and the best part is that you can have a play-kitchen for your kids without having to have huge plastic toys and things taking up all the space in your house… It fits over a kitchen chair so you can just fold it up and put it away when you’re done. Continue reading

Crafty Things

I realised recently to my horror that while my blog contains all sorts of amazing travel photos from around the world, pictures and stories of my work, and some of the most hilarious anecdotes known to mankind, I have failed to document one of my other favourite hobbies – knitting, quilting, sewing and generally being creative and making stuff!

So, be prepared for a backlog of photos of various crafty things made by Maya…

There will be many many photos of gloves, hats, scarves, quilts and so on, most of them made by moi sometime in the last 5 years or so.

Shout-outs go to the incredible Kate Davies, the super Sheep Shop and lovely Made Peachy who have inspired me most often, helped me adjust patterns and figure out the bits I don’t know how to do yet (well, and I should probably thank YouTube too), as well as the fantabulous Kaffe Fassett and his amazing quilt designs. If you’re a knitter and you’re not on Ravelry – well you should be! Loads of patterns, ideas, projects and forums for the novice knitter to find helpful suggestions!

I realise knitting is probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but this is my blog, and knitting and sewing is just part of the package.  🙂