My challenge was to sort the t-shirts and make a quilt (or more than one quilt)
to preserve those high school and college memories.
This is what came from half of those t-shirts:
I'm (finally) posting about this adventure - and am entering this quilt in the
Blogger's Quilt Festival - in the Large Quilt category.
You can visit the Festival and Vote for your favorite quilts in all the categories
by clicking HERE
I used a quilt-as-you go technique that allowed me to quilt each t-shirt top separately. I was able to out-line some of the words on the front of the t-shirts without having to manipulate the whole quilt top under the arm of my little Singer sewing machine.
I used black strips as lattice on both the front and the back. The strips on the front I cut at 1.5 inches. The strips on the back I cut at 2 inches wide. You can read about how to construct the quilt using this technique by visiting The Happy Zombie .
The quilt measures 85" by 54".
Here you can see how I outlined the College name from the front of the t-shirt -
and it shows up so well on the back of the quilt.
I also did some fancy stitching on some of the shirts.
(Pretty sure I have never stitched a treble clef with my sewing machine before!)
And I stitched waves where water was a well-suited feature.
You may have noticed a theme of PURPLE in many of the t-shirts....
So I chose this lovely batik for the back, with aqua accents...
This was a lot of fun to make and I love the way the black frames the shirts so well.
Voting Starts Friday, May 22.
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