Q3 Finish-Along: First Finish of the Quarter

Here’s my first finish for the quarter, my husband’s birthday gift. This is the only t-shirt quilt I will ever make so look well! I’ll let you feast on the pictures of the front and back before I start complaining.

And here’s the back. If you knew my husband, you’d know that after God and his family, his next two great loves are the University of Michigan and Coca Cola. 

How did I get myself into making a t-shirt quilt when it was never on my bucket list? Let’s just say, my husband asked. Sigh. And my suggestion to anyone making a t-shirt quilt is to stay away from 20 and 30 year-old t-shirts that have been worn and washed to death. The fabric has no integrity after all that!

In preparing for making this quilt, I rewatched The Ultimate T-Shirt Quilt (w/Winnie Fleming) from Craftsy (and yes, that is an affiliate link which will help to support this blog). I never seem to do anything the short easy way, so I didn’t want to make your basic squares and sashing t-shirt quilt. I really liked the look of Winnie’s quilts with the logos from the shirts cut to different sizes. My original plan had been to make some flying geese units and HST units to fill in the spaces, but once I realized how little time I really had to do this, I changed my mind and just used my fancy University of Michigan fabric. I did a lot of math to make sure these fit together and were big enough for a couch quilt for my husband. It was also a little tricky (involved more math) to make the 1997 Football National Championship shirt fit right into the center of the quilt. 

But the real fun started when I started to quilt it. In spite of being fused, those t-shirts stretched. I think it was the lack of fabric integrity left, or maybe I didn’t fuse them well enough or should have used a stiffer fusible. And I definitely should have stuck to straight line quilting. I’m sure the curves pulled at the shirts more than necessary. I also have a theory (which I’m never going to test because I’m never going to do this again) that since I was doing an overall pattern, I should have quilted with the t-shirt size down.The one t-shirt on the back didn’t stretch at all. I also noticed that bunching was worse the thicker the print on the shirt was.

Now that it’s washed it looks much better, of course. And my husband loves it. And that is all that matters. And it is finished just in time for his birthday.

What are you working on?

Quilt on!

Fourth of July Sew-In Results

Most of the weekend I sort of avoided sewing. I know that part of the reason for that was the project I really needed to be working on – the t-shirt quilt. I had done one block already and all the t-shirts were fused and trimmed but… so not excited to do this. Yesterday, I bit the bullet, went into the sewing room and pretty much stayed there until the top was completed.

Just so you know, I had purchased fabric for borders, but this feels big enough as it is so this is the finished top. What does it say that I’m more excited about making the back for this project than I was for making the front?

But before I get to the back, I need to make my Saturday Sampler blocks.

What have you been doing?

Quilt on!

I’m Still Here

Okay, the third time should be the charm, right? I’ve already written this post twice and had it not post. I updated WordPress today and I’m wondering if that is the problem. We will see!

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted an update sooner. I’ve been doing a bit in the sewing room, but not as much as I would like. I have, however, been doing lots of reading, and I’ve enjoyed that.

I spent several hours fusing and trimming up some t-shirts to make a quilt for my husband. This is not a process I’m enjoying, so I don’t see myself making tons of t-shirt quilts.

I also finished the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM top, backing, and binding. Now I just need to make a decision about whether or not I’m doing the quilting. I need to decide soon because there is a plan for it. Here’s a very not professional picture of the top.

I also completed the blocks for this month in the Saturday Sampler Getting to Know Hue. I am not a big fan of yellowish greens, but I do like these blocks.

Loki still seems to be in love with Surrounded by Happy Scraps. It has become his upstairs bed. I still haven’t figured out exactly why he is so fond of this particular quilt, but he does seem to have adopted it.

And, if you want some more cute, here is an elephant Carolyn knitted. She knits the cutest animals and dolls.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!