Monday, September 2, 2013

Instagram and T-shirt Quilt Numero Uno

First, I joined Instagram and now I understand what all the fuss is about! It's like blogging... but easier and less time-consuming. Lol. I'll still be blogging like usual, but if you'd like to follow me there, you can click the little camera in the right sidebar with my social media pennants (THANKS MARISA!!), or you can just go here. :) You'll see I've even dug into my AMH stash for a quilt I'm choosing fabrics for tonight... I know, the world must be ending.

Second, the first of five t-shirt quilts I must finish before Christmas (goal: November) is complete! Most of them are commission, like this one. I have to admit that making t-shirt quilts doesn't really make my heart skip a beat anymore, but I still love doing it solely for the look/excitement of those receiving them. I'll be a bit more excited when I redo mine (project for next year?).

Anyway, this one WAS exciting because of the colors involved (bold, bright), the plays involved, and the friend involved! I met my friend Julie a couple of years ago in college, and she photographed my wedding! You can see we like to trade off in artsy talents :) We've been involved with theater, though sadly not really together. Either way, getting into theater mode is fun, and that's what I did as I made this quilt. Cue Les Mis Original Broadway soundtrack. Anyway, we met halfway for lunch the other day, and I could hand over the quilt!

I quilted it in big flowers with black thread, and I really love the effect. My FMQ foot was going a bit ballistic during the process though, which was super frustrating, and my only thought was to oil it, which seemed to work!

Julie loves butterflies, so I chose a sophisticated black and white (plus, the black flowers show up so nicely, though you can't see it like this). I put a square of camera fabric found at Hobby Lobby in the lower right corner as a surprise! She requested a teal binding (sorry, can't remember the Kona color).

This was the look on her face in the end - not planned - so, like I said, this is why I still do t-shirt quilts :)

P.S. I just realized it's almost my three year blogaversary! I'll have to figure out what to give away... any ideas?


  1. I haven't made a tshirt quilt yet, though I have a standing offer to make one for a friend, so I'm always excited to see different methods! I definitely like your quilting on this one, and the layout! Giving people quilts is so much fun, especially when they appreciate the time, effort and love you put into it!

  2. Love the t-shirt quilt! I can imagine it would be challenging working with that t-shirt material, but they do seem to be a popular thing right now. Although I'll never have one because I wear my t-shirts threadbare!!

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  4. I'm sorry I had to delete my comment. The spelling correction made by iPad without me noticing made the sentence nonsensical. What I said was:

    It is so wonderful when people appreciate our work! Good on you!

  5. Yay for a quilt that will be loved! And for your blogiversary - I think you should give away one of your amazing mini quilts - they are all so gorgeous :-)

  6. What a great fun quilt ....looks like the new owner really loves it. Thanks for sharing. Marie (

  7. This was a really great read, appreciation for taking the time to put it together! Touched on some very good...
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