So how did I jump into the quilting? It was a day in June and my 20-year-old daughter (The Musician) was home for the summer. The conversation went like this:
The Musician: Mom, I have all these t-shirts (holding up garbage bag) will you "help" me make a t-shirt quilt out of them. ("Help" is code for will you make me a t-shirt quilt because she does not have a domestic bone in her body.)
So I started researching t-shirt quilts (on Pinterest of course) and decided it was time to become a quilter. That's how I found Melissa Corry's Star Surround Quilt-A-Long, which again I dove into head first. (I still have finished that quilt top, which is a story for another day).
The t-shirt quilt pieced together pretty easily. The hardest part was planning the placement of the shirts. She didn't want regular material for the backing, she wanted fleece. I opted not to use batting for fear it wouldn't quilt well. I basted the backing on to the quilt top and there it sat. I was scared to do anything else. Then I found the Star Surround Quilt-A-Long to distract me.
The plan was to finish the quilt before she went back to school in August, but my fear kept it from happening. I finished it this week. It's not the best or prettiest quilt ever, but it's finished and we all have to start somewhere.
I do have to say that this is actually my second finish. I made another quilt for an auction. I will tell you all about that in another post.
I chose a very simple design of stitching around each t-shirt. I didn't want to mess it up too badly. What do you think?