The challengeA request from October 2016 was to make a t-shirt quilt for a baby whose mother works at Mills College. These were the two t-shirts I was given to work with. And oh, by the way, could I possibly make the quilt entirely out of stash? Why yes, I'll accept that challenge!
First things first: Mills colors are blue and gold. And these t-shirts were decidedly NOT blue. Or gold. What to do? Start with the back.
I had one yard of a blue ombre stripe. Needed it to be bigger, so I inserted a slim strip of the delightful multicolor fabric (I think it has a nice blue-and-gold overall feel) and the long-stashed gold-with-blue stripe. (Long stash = made a baby hat from this; said baby is now 26) Proud to say that I used up ALL of the blue stripe and the gold stripe. Only crumbs left.
For the front, I found a pattern I liked called Fractal, from the book Quilt Lab: The Creative Side of Science by Alexandra Winston. Although Fractal is not a pattern for a t-shirt quilt, I saw potential in the oversized squares and rectangles. I adapted the overall scale to be able to use 15" square t-shirts in the corners, with the intention of putting my purple and green lovelies just so. Then I searched my stash for blue fabric to fill in the large empty spaces.
Blue fabric. Um...yeah. Not really a blue person. Probably can't tell from the photo above, but my only large swaths of blue are really quite navy. Sweetie looked at the mock-up on my design wall and reminded me that, "Mills colors are blue and gold. I'm not seeing that. And what's with the bandana fabric?"
Indeed: stash, that's what's up with the red bandana print. Hmph!
However, I am a resourceful
|the finished quilt front|
I fussed. And I fused. Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt? Most of the front is exclusively t-shirts--and they all have to be stabilized with fusible interfacing in order to behave. And in a baby quilt, behaving is important for the usability and longevity of the gift.
Ended up using more of the multi-color fabric from the back: replaced the red bandana bits, and tied together both front and back with binding.
The quilting shows up better on the back. I used my walking foot to replicate the concentric circles that were shown in the quilt from the book.
I'm pretty proud of my efforts here. I didn't make it to the baby shower (but the quilt did). The mother-to-be was delighted, so that's a definite win.
1. A finish
2. Entirely from stash (counting this as a 2-yard stashbust)
3. Done on-time for its intended recipient
Do you like the restriction of having to use only stash in a project? Or do you chafe and feel like your creativity gets stifled?