Made it Monday #5: THE QUILT IS DONE

I wrote about the hand stitched Haptic Lab Chicago Quilt back in January 2017 when I was still stitching away....well fast forward to the real deadline of Marissa and Alan's wedding in May, and I knew I wanted to try and finish it for her bridal shower! It did take a long time to make - but then again, I was new to hand quilting/embroidery, and the last step of the project, the quilt binding. I also worked in spurts and was more motivated to finish it at various times - It definitely was a great fourth year of medical school project ;) not the best one to have looming overhead though in residency! 

...but all that to say, it's done! and it's been given away! Kyle and I visited Chicago this past weekend for Marissa's shower - It was a fun tea party at The Allis with many of her friends from Chicago and family, and I got to give away the quilt, finally! 


Here are some photos of it, in all its glory :P Close up photos to see the details as well!

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Thanks everyone who's been on this quilt journey with me from Syracuse to Michigan :) It's been many a TV episode or Michigan/Tigers/Lions/Redwings/Pistons game on the couch with Kyle, but now this quilt lives in Marissa and Alans' new home! 

Onto the next one... :) 

- Olivia 

Thrifty Thursday? Transformation Thursday?

This probably falls under "Made it Monday" - but this post wasn't ready on Monday, nor was it ready for Transformation Tuesday, so it's getting shared today since I work a later shift in the Peds ED :) 

As I get used to seeing the maize and blue M everywhere throughout the hospital and all of the Michigan-ified hospital slogans... (Cancer needs Victors! Depression needs Victors! Research needs Victors!)... Kyle and I have made several trips to the M Den to increase our closet of Michigan stuff, because you can never have enough Michigan stuff, right? 

They had these really adorable dresses that were tastefully maize and blue, but they didn't get any smaller than a small - so I figured I would have to make my own if I wanted a spirited dress. However, my sewing time has been more limited these days, so I didn't want to start anything crazy ambitious (I still have enough ongoing crazy ambitious projects...). 

Fortunately, because the school has switched brands, there was an entire rack of adidas things on major clearance! And there happened to be loads of 2XL basketball jerseys just waiting for someone to buy them, which got me thinking about how I could turn one into a dress. It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought:

This is the before photo. 2XL shirt seems to be the right length of dress for me ;) 

This is the before photo. 2XL shirt seems to be the right length of dress for me ;) 

I remembered to grab an in process photo

I remembered to grab an in process photo

Modifications: It was pretty simple to turn the jersey into a dress - it involved trying it on, pinning down the sides, carefully taking off the dress with all of the pins in it, cutting off the excess and using the cut off piece as a template to take off the same amount on the other side. I left all of the bottom hems, neck band, and sleeves in tact. I contemplated changing up the shoulder sleeves to make them thinner, but they almost looked like flutter sleeves, so I left them as is and serged up the sides! and Voila! A dress:

Kyle has informed me that this basketball jersey/number is that of Glenn Robinson III (he now plays for the Indiana Pacers, you might have seen him win the 2017 Dunk Contest) - I'm sure he'd be thrilled that there's potential to make a line of women's dresses out of his college basketball jerseys. 

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So that's all! A quick and easy fix to turn a 2XL basketball jersey into a dress for a very petite lady :) 


who wore it best? just kidding. 

who wore it best? just kidding. 

Made it Monday #4: The Map of Chicago Quilt

This is more of a "making it" Monday post because this quilt, despite working on it since Thanksgiving, is going to be finished maybe in 10 years. Just kidding! I really loved looking at other quilter's blog posts on these map quilts from Haptic Lab and getting inspiration for this giant project, so I thought I would share my progress, and hopefully inspire others to just go for it if they're on the fence about this type of project! 

Basically, I set out to quilt every street in Chicago for my dear sister, you know, in case she got lost or something ;) Hand quilting has been quite the challenge and a new skill for me to learn. I probably should have stuck with Suzy's miniquilt series, but of course I decided to start with the giant map. On a side note, this is typically how I approach a lot of crafts/things in life. Just go for the difficult, giant, crazy project and figure out how to do it along the way....Ahem I'm looking at you, stuffed Totoro Crochet project that I made despite having minimal to no crochet skills at this time!

A lot of progress has been made from this photo:

Safety pinning the map template to the fabric and batting sandwich! 

Safety pinning the map template to the fabric and batting sandwich! 

And here you can see a close up of what I'm doing: 


And now what it looks like: 

For reference, this is approximately 36" x 42"

For reference, this is approximately 36" x 42"

Once I've hand quilted all of the streets, added the rivers in and other major lines, you have to carefully tear away all of the stabilizer paper that had the map printed on it! And then comes personalizing it and adding in landmarks! I'm eagerly awaiting that day, although I still have a long ways to go. I feel tired just looking at this post -__-

Maybe on "Made it Monday #200" I'll finally have the final product available ;) 

thanks for reading :)