Progress Being Made
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?
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,