Saturday, January 28, 2012

T-Shirt Quilt Completed!

Finally! This was a big project... Took longer than I thought it would... Okay, I confess. I took longer because January has been filled with too many gorgeous days... Perfect for golfing! I was hitting balls when I should have been sewing/quilting! Am I the only quilter who also loves to golf??? 
That's a whole different topic for another blog entry.
 For now, I'll just display the T-shirt quilt and then get on to other projects calling my name!

I did each individual block as a quilt sandwich and then added strips of the red to bind them together.
I love the method taught in Marguerita McManus' Crazy Shortcut Quilts.
Crazy Shortcut Quilts
This is a fairly simple technique to learn and you never are pushing more than one row at a time through the machine. My friend, Elizabeth, did a California King size quilt using this same method. The squares of the T-shirt quilt are 15"X15".  That very manageable size made the Free Motion quilting fun and easy to do. 
Once I had all the squares quilted, I opened this wonderful book and followed the directions for binding them all together.

So without further ado... Here is the quilt...

If you look at the previous post you will see that each square has different Free Motion quilting.
I couldn't decide what to do with the green square. I started thinking about what every camper would need above all else... Flip-Flops! I stitched large size flip-flops as the quilting. Now that I think about it... I could have done flashlights, or cameras, or ball caps, or... 

I added my label and a personal message with my signature. Next came the washer and dryer to make the quilt all soft and puffy. Monday it goes in the mail!
And that's that!

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.
Hugs from Mary