April 2, 2014

I lost a bet

After joining Without Limits last fall, I spent time with coach Sami discussing my goals both short term and long term.  My biggest long term goal was to qualify for the Boston Marathon and she and I decided to make a bet. I am not a gambler, and clearly this was a dumb bet! We agreed that if she could help me reach my goal of qualifying for Boston, I would make her a tee shirt quilt.  There was absolutely no down side for her except me whining at practice every week.  My goal race for this challenge was the Quintiles Full Marathon earlier this month and if you follow our blog or Facebook page, you know I achieved the time required for my age group. Now my sewing machine will be whirling for the next few weeks making a tee shirt quilt for Sami.

Last week at track practice I received a big bag of her race shirts.  It is hard to believe she has completed so many Ironman competitions, but the proof is in the bag.  Here are a few of my favorites:

As you can see, my coach is hardcore!


In progress!

Stay tuned for a follow up post when I complete the quilt.  My next project will be a quilt with my own race shirts!  Have you ever done anything crafty with your race shirts?  Please share any ideas!
(Pam)

40 comments:

  1. Such a great idea! That's really nice that you are doing that for a friend. I'm not crafty at all and certainly can not sew. I think it's really cool that you are so good at it, I'm always very impressed by your skill! My MIL (well ex but we are still close) is a quilter, so I am lucky to own several beautiful pieces of her handiwork that I cherish. And I know Sami will cherish hers too! Have a great day and congrats again for your BQ!

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    1. Thanks Monica....I wish I could have started this project in the middle of winter when our weather was so crummy. Of course this week it is in the high 70's and gorgeous outside!

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  2. This is a great idea! I am not able to sew, but maybe I can find a friend nearby who can. I have so many shirts just sitting around - I would love to have a quilt made out of them!

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    1. Lauren, I actually took the class to make Christine's quilt when we lived in Houston. There was a quilt shop in the Memorial area of town, don't recall the name.

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  3. You got the best "loser" prize ever -- a BQ! So sweet of you to make the quilt. I'd love to do that with my old race shirts some day!

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    1. Jen, I agree that I got the best loser prize!

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  4. Such a fun bet! Clearly she knew she was getting that quilt ��

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    1. Thanks Cyanne, and luckily I enjoy sewing. I can practically make a tee shirt quilt in my sleep. However, the newer tech fabrics make it somewhat of a challenge!

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  5. I am not crafty enough and I don't have enough shirts, but I love the idea of a race shirt quilt. My cat would like it too since she loves my current throw blanket.

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    1. Ahh animals and throw blankets. My Lulu absolutely loves my Disney blanket that friends gave me for my birthday!

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  6. I have always wanted a quilt of all my race shirts! My BRF and I say all the time that when we get old we will be together sewing our race shirt quilts and remembering when we ran all those races lol!

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    1. Mindy, next winter you and your friend should spend a couple Saturdays on this project. Provided you do not hand quilt it once it is together, the total time is not that bad!

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  7. I haven't done anything creative with my race shirts, but I love this idea! It's going to look great, can't wait to see the finished product!

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    1. Karen, I love sharing my finished projects....hope this one turns out well! I may make Sami write the follow up post. LOL

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  8. I have a t-shirt quilt I made from all my shirts from high school and then I made another one with some of my shirts from college (I played college basketball and so I had a TON of shirts from college) and then I made a third one with shirts from the summer camp I worked at for 5 years. I have been debating to make one of race shirts but lots of my race shirts are now tech gear shirts or not cotton shirts, so that would complicate it just a little bit.

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    1. Wow....you have made alot of shirt quilts Sarah. The tech material is definitely harder to work with, but once the shirts are ironed to the stabilizer, it is not too bad.

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  9. I saved all my race shirts for years thinking I'd make a quilt out of them someday. Finally, I got so sick of all the space they were taking that I gave a huge bag to Goodwill. They've collected again, though. It might be time to find an instruction manual and figure out how to do it.

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    1. Jennifer, I took a class years ago to learn how to make a tee shirt quilt, However, there are great instructions online.

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  10. I cannot sew but I found a company that makes t-shirt quilts and I had them make one for me with all of my t-shirts from pharmacy school - I absolutely love it!

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    1. That was a great idea Kristen. I have heard that some companies are better than others.

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  11. A quilt out of race shirts is such a great idea! Of course I lack the skills (and sewing machine) to execute such a thing, but maybe someday.

    Btw, of all the bets to lose, that's an awesome one! But I think in the future you should always bet on yourself :)

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    1. Kellie, I am done with betting after this one. But honestly, I am so very happy that I was a loser!

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  12. So you both won the bet! You were able to BQ and she gets an awesome shirt!

    That's a great talent, my mom is an excellent seamstress but I never had the patience for her to pass it on to me, which I regret. Maybe I'll have to ask her for lessons...

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    1. Jayne, This is an easy first project if you wanted to do this with your Mom....all the stitching on the machine is straight and she would be able to help you through it!

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  13. can wait to see it all finished!

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  14. Congrats to both of you, what a fun bet! I've never done any kind of quilt, but I have a Pinterest pattern for turning boxy men's cut race shirts into fitted women's shirts, so I have a stack waiting for that project!

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    1. April, I thought about turning some of my runDisney shirts into a women's fit and decided to use them for a quilt instead. I have so many now that seems like a great alternative!

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  15. I love the quilt idea - such a great way to commemorate so many races! I hope that one day I have enough race shirts to have a quilt made for myself.

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    1. Kathryn, It is surprising how quickly your collection will grow!

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  16. Can't wait to see the finished product! Are you using her actual shirts or are you printing the shirt image onto fabric?

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    1. I am using her actual shirts....a little nerve racking on the first few, but so far, so good!

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  17. I hope you post a tutorial when you are done! Or perhaps some tips? I have been wanting to make a race shirt quilt, but I am nervous because I don't sew often!
    I have a few favorite men's cut tech shirts I may alter once I break out the sewing machine. :)

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    1. This is actually a really easy project. I do everything by machine and I always measure everything twice....saves lots of time. I may write a post at some time in the future with directions.

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  18. I bet that is one bet you were happy to lose :) I love the idea of a race shirt quilt. I cannot wait to see it when you are done.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, yes, I was very happy to have to make the quilt. Save your shirts, you may want to do the same thing!

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  19. I cannot wait to see how this turns out. Makes me wish I had not given all my unworn shirts to Goodwill.

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  20. Save them all now Abby, it's never too late and you are young!

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  21. Hello! I'm a new follower and ♥ ♥ this post!! I have a bag FULL of race shirts and do have the desire to make a quilt! You have inspired me to look further into this! Congratulations BTQ on your BQ!!! HUGE goal met...

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