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Friday, August 15, 2014

Flipping over a gymnastics t-shirt quilt

2014 Quilt #3 is complete!
Several months ago I received the request to make a t-shirt quilt from old gymnastics tournament t-shirt. I had seen several versions of t-shirt but never made one myself. Here was my chance!

Gymnastics t-shirt quilt
I started by cutting out the graphics on the tees, then ironing stabilizer on the back of each to prevent the jersey fabric from stretching too much. I wanted to give this quilt a bit of a gallery look, so each graphic was given a brown frame and then a dark gray shadow.

Who'da thought finding gymnastics-themed fabric would be difficult? At least fabric that didn't only have girls on it or was pink. Thanks to eBay, I found a more male-appropriate fabric and used that for my backing.

I first did some free-motion quilting in the yellow borders. I thought I was done, but then, after some discussion with Joe, we thought I should stitch within the tees as well. Each tee got its own unique stitch. Here are a couple samples: cobblestones, swirls, and stars. Gave me good practice, plus the bug to do more!

And now... on to Halloween! I recently won a small bundle of Windham Fabrics from my local quilt shop. I was originally planning on a simple table runner for the coffee table, but of course my brain started cranking out more ideas, and now I'm thinking of a full quilted blanket. I can't stop with the big projects, can I?

1 comment:

  1. The backing was worth the search - it's great! I like your frame and shadow idea, too. Very effective. :-)