WOWZERS! I never expected I'd ever post on the quilting board, but here I am posting my first ever quilt; a tee-shirt/memory quilt commissioned by a friend.
When I poked around online looking for information and examples I saw some much more elaborate and skilled tee shirt quilts, but I knew I was not up for tackling any even remotely complicated piecing! My friend sent 18 shirts so it has atypical proportions, but he wants this for naps on his sofa so I think at 44" x 80" it'll work out pretty well for his 6'2" frame.
(Not pressed, because I'm cramming it into a bag, then a box, then shipping it to Brooklyn. Oh and he'll NEVER press it!)
Even though most of the "easy" tutorials I saw used polar fleece for the backing and no batting, I went with a quilt backing flannel (no piecing!) with batting. I didn't want to wrestle that much polar fleece and also felt like the stretch of it would make it even more challenging, plus it seemed like maybe that would end up being useful for a shorter time during the year - too hot! It has all the imperfections one would expect from a first effort with wobbly top stitches, stitching all around the ditch, accidental pleating. But it's actually quite close to square and overall I'm really tickled with how it turned out! It definitely looks decent if you're not inspecting it closely. I don't think I'll get into piecework quilts, but I do think I may make another tee shirt quilt someday and am seriously considering a very simple whole cloth quilt for us in the next few months!
An in progress shot with my Pattern Weight Pup!