I was able to get this quilt finally finished! This is my son's t-shirt quilt, full of memories, laughs and warmth!
This is the fourth t-shirt project I have done. The first was for my daughter, and it used shirts cut in all different sizes. I had machine pieced the shirts, but ended up tying the quilt. My Bernina could not easily handle the bulk to quilt.
My second project was for my sister. By then I had purchased an acrylic 12 1/2 inch square ruler, which made the cutting of the prepared t-shirts much easier. I tied hers, as well.
I was asked to make a memorial banner from t-shirts for a dear friend. By then, I had invested in a Tiara II, and used that to FMQ stipple the pieces, which worked well.
For this latest quilt, I had learned from my earlier efforts. I washed and dried all of the shirts, some of which showed lots of wear! I cut off the arms, collars and backs, and kept only the pieces that had the desired images. I then ironed on the lightweight fusible interfacing and then used the ruler to cut the square. There was some waste, but not enough to be concerned about.
|I can' t recall the exact name of the interfacing, but here is a close up!|
Some of the shirts from his childhood were smaller than 12 1/2 inches square and I had ironed on the interfacing and cut them some time ago. I decided to just make them the right size, and I found fabrics to make borders, and then cut the squares.
|A souvenir of a fun Pirate's weekend with his Aunt Juli!|
|Adding a strip of black Kona to make the square.|
|This brings back memories. I have stepped on many a Lego in my bare feet when the kids were young!|
I found some old fabric in my stash which went well with Lego man!
|I used my walking foot to sew the squares together. The interfacing is a bit slippery, and the walking foot gave the steadiness that was needed to keep the seams from pulling.|
|I had our Scotland trip on my mind when I purchased the flannel backing. I pieced two strips together carefully.|
A word to the wise - don't try to stitch too close to the pins! I sewed this pin very firmly into place, requiring a little bit of surgery!
|This shows the final layout alternating darks and lights.|
|This was a big quilt for my trusty quilt holder. On the way to the deck, we flushed two adult eagles from our trees. What a sight that was!|
|I am pleased that it is not obvious where the back was attached!|
There is still time to comment on last week's Eye Candy blog, and be eligible for a giveaway for a copy of the latest Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine.
I am planning to enter Modern Mini Quilt Challenge, and will be working on my entry this week.
Here is a peek at the scraps I will be working with! Stay tuned!
To all the mothers, grandmothers, god mothers and all those who mother others - Happy Mother's Day! Thanks for visiting my blog!