Progress Being Made

This has been a very productive weekend for me!  I have finally figured out mitered borders and finished the borders on the Blue Butterfly Sampler.  See?

bluebutterflysamplerwithborders.jpg I guess it may be difficult to see, but there is a blue with white polka dots border on the outside with beautifully mitered corners. Now, the hard part, quilting it! I have some ideas. I want to use a butterfly motif but I need to practice, A LOT before I get to do it on my real quilt.

I went to the t-shirt quilt class yesterday and was at the store from 10 am until they closed at 6:00pm.  I almost finished the ENTIRE quilt! I am still debating if I want to add another row because when I got home I found three more t-shirts. If I add another row, It will make it a little longer and little bit more symmetrical. I don’t know, I just want to finish it because I am so close now. I am going to add an additional 4″ border around the outside edge which will encompass the images from the front of the t-shirts. These are shirts I have saved since I was a collegiate in my sorority, Phi Mu.  I never wanted to throw them away or give them away but I didn’t really want to wear them much more. So, I saved them and when I saw this thing called a t-shirt quilt, I KNEW that’s what I wanted to do with those shirts, eventually.  I went to class yesterday, we laid out the t-shirts in the approximate arrangement. Very easy, see?

tshirtquiltbefore.jpg  Next we cut the shirts along the sides, all the way up to the top. I realized that any extra t-shirt material I had could be used as household rags for dusting and cleaning! Very eco-friendly! 

 tshirtquiltstep2.jpg  Next I fused the stabilizer to the backs of the shirts and cut them to the size of the quilt block I wanted. Mine turned out to be 12 1/2″.

tshirtquilttop.jpg Then, I picked out sashing material, cut it to size and started sewing it together. If I hadn’t been chatting with my buddy Lauri so much, I probably would have finished a lot faster but it was fun anyway.  Can you see that I’ve layed out where I want the small squares along the border?  In the middle of the second row is the best t-shirt. It commemorates the 150 anniversary of Phi Mu in 2002.  That was the year I graduated from college as well. Putting this shirt together was really a walk down memory lane for me. I was sort of surprised how many memories I associated with a plain old t-shirt.  I still need to select the border and get that put on (no mitered corners this time!) And of course I need to get the backing, baste it and quilt it and bind it!  Wow, still a lot to do. But I can’t believe how quickly it went together otherwise.  Well, gotta go now. We are going to lunch with my in laws. Until next time.

Happy Stitches to You,

Anna

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January 27, 2008. Tags: , , , . Beginner's Quilt Class, Quilting, sewing.

5 Comments

  1. Lauri replied:

    Wow Anna! That butterfly quilt is coming along beautifully!

    And I had so much fun in that class Saturday! One of the reasons I like that quilt store so much is because they are so laid back, and everyone has such a great sense of humor. Your quilt is looking great, too! It looks great like it is, but, if you found 3 more shirts and want to add them on, go for it! It’s so easy, and it would put that gold Anniversary t-shirt right in the middle, which I know you were wanting…it will look great that way also. (I should have taken a picture of mine yesterday, while the sun was out and a great picture taking day, but I didn’t and now, of course, it’s totally gross outside.)

  2. Lori Seaborg replied:

    A t-shirt quilt is a great idea! I’m taking my first quilting class in a week….I’ve done a bit, but just self-taught stuff. It’s time to learn from a person (not a book :)) who knows what she’s doing!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and by the way, I really love the bag that’s showing up in your Flickr sidebar.

  3. moose845 replied:

    I love your t-shirt quilt! I keep after my husband to clean out his closet so I can have his old scuba diving t-shirts to make one of these. It would be awesome because all of his shirts are bright colors with parrots, sharks, pirates, etc.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was so happy to see that someone actually read what I wrote. Keep on stitching!

  4. Lisa replied:

    Nice job on your sampler! I had my first class last thursday for my sampler but have not started it yet. I am waiting for the rest of my fabric to come. It should be here on Friday or early next week. I will post mine when I get the rest of my fabric. Nice job on the t-shirt quilt too, very neat idea. 🙂

  5. fatiah replied:

    The t-shirt quilt is really a wonderful thing Anna. I really like it. It is actually a collection of memories. I wish i have not been too rash with throwing t-shirts away due to storage constraint.

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