Monday, March 12, 2018

Memory Tee-shirt Top ~~ Finished!

Last week I told you that Richard gave me a hand cutting tee shirts for a memory quilt for a client who had purchased one for her older son a couple of years ago. That help really paid of: I was able to begin sewing blocks together and got a couple of strips made, although they were far from working together. But I have to start somewhere. 

I made a few more seams yesterday and got this far with the top. One of my problems was that I had way too many shirts. So I spent some time trying to solve that problem, which paid off. 

And tonight I can report that the quilt top is complete. I had hoped to load it on the long-arm this afternoon, but babysitting duties got in the way. I really like the way this one turned out. I must admit that making these memory quilts does get easier with each completion, even if I'm rather burned out. 

If all goes well, I'll load the quilt on the machine tomorrow and perhaps even get a few stitches in. It will take a few minutes, however, because I have a strip of shirts to add to the back panel. It's all those white net-type athletic shirts that have the large holes, so they will need a black cotton backing before attaching them to the muslin.

A quilt top, a quilt bottom, some batting and lots of memories for a graduate: not all that difficult after all. What's your favorite part of making memory quilts?

Friday Finish Update: the quilting on this memory quilt is complete! I hope to add binding and label early next week and get it off to its owner. I sent photos of the completed top and she is very excited about seeing the finished quilt.

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Karen S said...

Well done. It really is like an oversized jigsaw puzzle. Great to have a helping hand, too.

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Jenny said...

I have made a couple of these, and the best part (or the worst, depending on how it is going) is cutting and fitting them all together. And you are right, sometimes you just can't use them all, so on the back they go.

Kaja said...

Good work, Mary. Congratulations on getting this done and on your happy customer.

Lynette said...

Nice job! I dread/look-forward to the time when I attack the bags of our girls' t-shirts for doing quilts up for them!

Sandra Walker said...

Two t-shirt quilts in TGIFF! Great that you had help. I have one in my future, not exactly looking forward to it, but glad there's lots of online help. Thanks for linking up!

The Joyful Quilter said...

My favorite part of making T-shirt Quilts is preserving my client's memories in a usable form. (The money doesn't hurt, either! LOL)