I still can't believe it, but I made a t-shirt quilt, start to finish, in just over two weeks. Seventeen days, to be exact. Whew!
This was a charity quilt, commissioned by the senior class of Mills College, to be auctioned off. Money raised will go towards scholarships for incoming students next fall.
|Class of 2016: class color is purple; school colors are blue & gold|
|Walking-foot quilting: minimalist|
Things I am most proud of about this quilt:
|Best use of a zip-front hoodie in a t-shirt quilt!|
- I finished it!
- I used my beginner FMQ skills to quilt the border, and didn't falter or grab for the seam ripper when the stitching there wasn't perfect.
- My favorite "block" is the one incorporating the zip-front hoodie; I managed to keep a functional zipper, backing the block with a zany people print that gets exposure when the zipper is down.
- I cut into some long-stashed fat quarters to enhance a few of the odd rectangle shapes.
- I made two "reference" blocks (adding an M for Mills and the year 2016) with fusible applique; tried a new technique to stabilize them when doing the satin-stitch outlines.
- I camouflaged an "oops" cut into part of the design by using more applique
- I used my walking foot quilting skills, and some creativity, to minimally quilt each of the t-shirt blocks without going over the printing.
- This is the largest quilt I've ever attempted to machine quilt myself. (Proof that it can be done.)
- I made a label--which I've done only once before, but know I should do every time.
- Did I mention that I finished it in only 17 days!?!?
|Tissue pattern paper as stabilizer|
|Stashed fabric enhancement|
|Creative camouflage of an "oops"|
What's your fastest finish?