My name is Carrie, and I hoard t-shirts.
I’ve been playing organized sports since the third grade, so I’ve won, purchased, and collected more than my fair share of athletics-related upper-body fare.
Sorry I’m not sorry.
Not only are my dresser drawers overflowing with basketball camp t-shirts, but my stowaway tub beneath my bed is also brimming with cotton tops. So what’s a girl to do? Don’t worry—a call to TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive isn’t necessary. Enter Campus Quilt (CQ) Company.
This has retired athlete written all over it:
“If you are like most people, you have a pile of treasured old t-shirts you just can’t bear to throw away. Campus Quilt is dedicated to turning your old clothes into lasting memories in the form of fun and functional t-shirt quilts.”
Although CQ can sew quilts in many different sizes and styles, their largest quilt contains 49 shirt squares, and yours truly owns 50 shorts she’ll willing to turn into a blanket. I guess a girl can have too many t-shirts. It was time to make some cuts.
As I perused these 50 quilt-approved shirts, I had a difficult time selecting which ones would go from sentimental tee to functional quilt. First, I eliminated t-shirts I made myself.
Yes, they are truly one-of-a-kind, but I want my quilt to have a uniform look; glitter, puff paint, and other attempts at inartistic handiwork aren’t going to cut it.
Next, I bade farewell to any shirts that showcased an event I did not directly participate in.
Exhibit A: I did indeed attend the 2006 Class B Sectional Championship Game, but unfortunately, my high school team did not advance to the finals.
Exhibit B: As a 14-year-old and new field-hockey player, I cheered on the varsity team during the 2004 Class B Sectional Championship Game, but again, I did not play. Both of these tees went back into the tub.
Finally, I want my quilt must be aesthetically pleasing, so I nixed t-shirts that weren’t visually appealing. (Shallow move on my part, I know.) I also had a surplus of white and grey shirts, so a lot of those were banished back into the drawers.
I placed my order this afternoon—I went for the 36 Squares – Wide Full Bedspread T-Shirt Quilt—and I’ll hopefully send off my t-shirts sometime next week.
How many t-shirts do you think you own? What do you do with old shirts?
It might be due to the 10-miler I ran this morning, but I have been incessantly hungry all day.
I had an apple around noon.
Another deliciously messy rice and beans quesadilla, stuffed with spinach.
I used an Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortilla today, and although it wasn’t super durable—I was afraid it was going to break when I folded the quesadilla in half—it was pretty good.
Margaret baked a batch of Magnolia Bakery apple streusel breakfast buns, and I stole a few nibbles of one of the rejected ones. Very moist, very delicious.
Lunch didn’t do a great job of keeping me full—again, probably because of this morning’s run—so I made a Kashi waffle with PB and blueberries a couple hours later.
It’s not your everyday food combo, but it worked.
When you complete a long workout, do you find yourself extra hungry throughout the day?