I know that t-shirt quilts aren’t considered to be the most glamorous form of creating in the quilt world, but they have always held a special place in my heart. The first quilt I ever made was a t-shirt quilt. And I definitely won’t post pictures of that quilt here (I had no idea what a 1/4″ seam allowance was or that knit fabric stretched when you sewed it…), I still have the quilt and use it often. Honestly, you could more appropriately call it a blanket. But I digress…
I want to talk about this fabulous t-shirt quilt I was asked to finish for a customer. Her son attended the same high school that I went to, ran cross country and track (as I did), and attended the same University! This person was 5 or 6 years behind me in all these things…nevertheless, making this quilt was almost like making it for myself. His mother even embroidered symbols from the university to put as cornerstones on the border of the quilt. It turned out really cool!
I love seeing t-shirts being re-purposed, and it is really cool to see how many were saved and the duration they were saved for!
Here is the finished quilt–It was so much fun getting to work on this and think about my college days (and I seriously can’t believe that was 10 years ago!!!)
Have you ever picked up someone’s journal or diary and caught a glimpse of who that person is and what drives them? Even if it belonged to a total stranger? That’s how I often feel when I get a t-shirt quilt commission. Sometimes It’s t-shirts, sometimes ties, sometimes clothing from a deceased loved one, but what my clients may not realize is that by the time I am done with the finished item/quilt, I feel like I personally know the person the items belonged to.
I recently completed a t-shirt quilt for a graduating senior who was an avid football player. And let me tell you…Momma did an awesome job of saving shirts from elementary school on up! This was probably the largest t-shirt quilt I’ve done, being nearly king-sized when completed.
Seriously…this sucker was a monster.
This is going to sound totally lame, but I feel like I know this kid and went through each achievement with him! While cutting out the shirt blocks, sometimes your mind just wanders. A lot of things about this quilt reminded me of when I was in high school. Thinking about football games and pep rallies and all the fun and carefree days.
It is such a joyful process to make something that parents are putting so much thought into to gift their child. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? I am so happy that I’ve found my thing–and that it can bring other people a little joy and happiness.
So…It pretty much seems like everyone I know is either pregnant or just had a baby here lately. I am in that season of my life where the wedding invitations have stopped and the baby shower invitations are lining my mailbox! That being said, I get a LOT of joy making things for people’s new babes. While I work on it, I wonder if they’ll be curled up on the couch with it, playing outside and dragging it through the mud, becoming a couch fort in the living room…I love it!
This was the appliqued fabric before I started quilting it.
I had a close friend from college ask me to make a Harry Potter themed baby quilt for her brother’s first child. She pretty much gave me free reign to come up with whatever (which is AWESOME!!!), so I thought I would applique the deathly hallows symbol, followed by “lways” so that it kind of looked like “always”-just google it, I’m sure there are examples! I made a fun template out of poster board and traced it onto the fabric I wanted, used some Wonder Under and fused that bad boy to my background fabric to get ready to applique!
I was really excited about the quilting process and wanted my free motion quilting to LOOK like MAGIC would look.
Just pulled from the longarm frame!
I’m not really sure what that means, but I tried my best to quilt what I thought magic looked like in thread form. And I loved the outcome.
I used the Harry Potter-y chevron fabric that I think was really meant to be college colors for the backing and really love how it turned out. I’m not usually a huge applique person, but I definitely will be trying it with more projects in the future! And I really hope and pray that this kiddo is a Harry Potter fan!
Roughly crib sized finished baby quilt!