Quilters submit quilts they have made - virtually!
I want to enter this Festival with my Gymnastics T-Shirt Quilt.
This quilt is a collection of T-Shirts from my second daughter
- who was a gymnast until her teen years.
She grew tall and participating in gymnastics began to stress and injure her back.
Then she became a coach.
Notice the black patch below:
Notice, also, that I used some of her leotards in the quilt.
With a little bit of hand-quilting...
I machine quilted around all the lattice work.
Then did some custom quilting on each quilt.
With my walking foot.
My daughter is quite fond of rainbows -
and you can see the rainbow-dot fabric I used between the shirts.
The t-shirt above is one she wore at least once a week for a year or two!!
From her background in gymnastics, my daughter went into spring-board diving, Even diving in college. I had this quilt top finished by the 2008 Summer Olympics. By then she could not longer do gymnastics. She also soon had to quit diving because she had acquired a chronic illness. She did not even enjoy watching the Olympics that year. I put the quilt top away for awhile.
This year she asked me when I might finish her quilt - and I pulled it out of the closet and finished it!
She had attended a gymnastics camp hosted by the legendary coach Bela Karolyi. He autographed her t-shirt and it holds a position on the quilt.
The back of the quilt is this lovely black background with rainbow dot all-over print.
She continues to struggle with her chronic illness - so Karolyi's catch-phrase
"YOO KAN DOO EAT"
(With a thick Romanian/Hungarian accent)graces the back of her quilt.