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DIY T-Shirt Quilt

Jesse's quiltA couple years ago, my friend Tanya showed me her awesome t-shirt quilt her momma helped her make when she was a teenager. I was jealous and in love with it! I told her how my husband had a TON of t-shirts, some of which had stains and holes, and basically shouldn’t be worn anymore. I have always loved the idea of a t-shirt quilt but I didn’t believe I had the skills to make one. Tanya was certain I could, and with her patience, time, and much appreciated help, we made a huge quilt for Jesse which was the biggest surprise. (He had no idea where all his tees where disappearing to.)

Well, I have been snuggling up to his blanket long enough and it’s time to make my own t-shirt quilt!

I gathered as many tees as I could, and I even raided my daughters clothes to get a couple of my favorite pieces. Each t-shirt was cut into a 15×15 inch square, and the four center smaller tees were sewn to make a 15×15 inch square as well.15x15 squares15x15

I spent one rainy afternoon sewing the shirts together, then laid it all out on the blanket I bought. I snapped a quick picture and sent it to my sister, the math wiz.sewn t's

I needed to know how much of a fabric border I should use and I am just CLUELESS when it comes to math problems. So after explaining what I wanted to my sister, she texted me back with this little diagram. I could have squeezed her!sisters skills

The next day it was still rainy, and I was still sick, (oh yeah, had the flu for the second time this year) which gave me a great opportunity to sew fabric to three of the four sides of my tees. I loved to see it coming all together!coming together

After I finished the border, I sewed the blanket to it. Finally, I was ready for the last step, which has to be done by hand. I used a giant needle and yarn to poke through the tees and blanket, then I knotted and cut the yarn to hold it in place. Voila!My t-shirt quilt!

*I bought three yards of fabric at Hobby Lobby to do the border and have tons left over. Oops! The blanket was $20 at Aldi, and it is a full/queen size, just to give you an idea of what I was workin; with.

I know several amazing quilters that could have done way better than me, but I’m pretty happy with it!

~Janna

Enchanted Escapes-Best Vacation Rental!

My family rented this condo in Anaheim for my birthday. It was spacious, clean, in a safe neighborhood, and so close to Disney, restaurants and shopping. We could not have stayed in a nicer place.

We enjoyed our walk to Downtown Disney, My girls enjoyed riding in the double stroller that the condo owners provided. They also provide a single stroller!

We enjoyed our walk to Downtown Disney, My girls loved riding in the double stroller that the condo owners provided. They also provide a single stroller.

There were 8 adults and our two daughters under the age of five in our group, and there was plenty of space for all of us. (Oh and my teen-aged sister-in-law showed up for a couple nights and there was room for her too!) The condo is beautifully decorated, and has a touch of Disney decor without looking overdone, cheesy or outdated. You know what I’m talking about.

Beautiful master bedroom which had space for Roo and Moo's two twin blow up mattresses.

Beautiful master bedroom which had space for Roo and Moo’s two twin blow up mattresses.

Gorgeous second bedroom

Gorgeous second bedroom

Cute third bedroom which also had a dress up closet that my girls used daily.

Cute third bedroom which had a dress up closet that my girls used daily.

The best dress up closet in bedroom 3!

The best dress up closet in bedroom 3!

The bathrooms were fully stocked with toilet paper, towels, high quality shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. The master bathroom was so beautiful, I took a picture of it so I could try to recreate it in our home.

Tiffany blue penny tiles and wood plank tiles. No grout to clean in the shower?!? Yes please!

Tiffany blue penny tile floor and wood plank tiles. No grout to clean in the shower?!? Yes please!

The kitchen was fully stocked with pots, pans, a crock pot, even sugar and spices. My mother has to have her coffee in the morning and she was pleasantly surprised to find ground coffee, cream, and a coffee maker ready to greet her in the morning. There were plenty of containers to store our leftovers in the fridge, as well as aluminum foil and Saran wrap. Everything was easily accessible and made it easy to eat in for most meals instead of eating out three times a day. The owners even left us some snacks!

How cute is this yummy ensemble they put together for us?!?

How cute is this yummy ensemble they put together for us?!?

We were relieved to have the convenience of dish detergent and laundry detergent provided. The light switches were even labeled to make life easier. The owners, Andy and Jennifer, have LITERALLY thought of everything you need for a nice vacation rental!

When I initially set up my reservation for the condo, I let them know we were traveling with our young daughters and that we were celebrating my birthday. What a thoughtful surprise when we arrived the first day- a “Happy Birthday” banner hung in the kitchen, and a small present for each of my girls. The thought and care that this couple have put into our stay is heartwarming and sincere. If you stay here, you will not regret it!

Puzzles for Roo and Moo. How did they know my girls would love this?

Puzzles for Roo and Moo. How did they know my girls would love these?

Happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday to me!

I asked my family to describe Enchanted Escapes in one word and with grins on their faces, their answers were, “Sensational!” “Pretty!” “Big!” “Awesome!”
On our last night, Roo asked, “Can we stay here a little longer?” to which Moo responded, “Can we stay here forever?”

The frozen sisters, of course.

The frozen sisters, of course.

I can not say enough good about Enchanted Escapes and look forward to visiting again next year.

Check out their website to see all eight of their beautifully decorated condos.

SUITEESCAPES.COM

~Janna