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« on: February 19, 2009 02:25:17 PM »

My first quilt ever! Ok, it's not very well done, but here are the details.

I have a ton of old shirts that I don't wear anymore or are starting to fall apart Sad I don't want to throw them away though since some of them mean a lot to me.
I saw that some people use their shirts to create quilts and thought that would be a fantastic way to use my old shirts and get to keep them! So I measured all my shirts and came up with the number and size of panels I will have. Then I drew up a pattern from there.
Now, since I have never quilted anything before I figured I should start with a few test pieces. My shirt quilt should end up being 2.5 meters wide and tall, so it'll be a king size sucker! I started with something small to get to know the techniques of quilting.

This is the first test quilt, it's 55 cm wide and tall (10 1/2 inches), so the measurements are a bit off. It was supposed to be 1/5 scale. Oh well.
I used all kinds of scrap fabrics that I had laying around (and found out that there are certain types of fabric you do NOT want to use for a quilt). Since I have no access to a sewing machine, I hand stitched the whole thing. Have been working on this on and off for about three weeks now.




(the backing is a printed polar fleece)

The finished shirt quilt will be held in black and white, here I just recycled my scrap fabrics, that's why it's so colorful.
So yeah, I learned a lot making this quilt (thank you so much for all the help IamSuzie!). I'm not confident enough to make the shirt quilt yet, so my next project will be a 1/3 scale quilt (same pattern as this one, but better fabrics) which will be a baby present for a pregnant friend of mine who is due in September. I'll buy really good quilting fabrics this time and put more efforts into the seams. The seams on this mini quilt are pretty wonky, I didn't have a thimble or anything either though, my fingers still hurt :|

This quilt is made of a mix of farbics, there's some cotton and some polyester and some mixes in there. The backing is printed polar fleece, the binding is gray polar fleece (ouch...) and there's no batting.
Since I didn't have a purpose for this quilt other than wanting to test quilting out, I worked really messily on it. For example, I only quilted around the smaller squares and didn't bother with the big ones. My quilting stitches are way too messy and wide, too. The next quilt will be better, I promise Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2009 07:22:29 PM »

So nice and colorful!  Looks great.  Good luck on your big project...you are so wise to practice first and not just dive in.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2009 04:43:28 AM »

Great job on a tester, esp by hand!!  I love the print on your fleece on the back.  Good luck working your way up to the t-shirt quilt - when you finally finish it, you'll have something you'll really treasure!
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2009 06:19:23 AM »

Aren't you glad you did a tester first?  Think of all the lessons you have learned.  Nice job on a first quilt and I am so glad you didn't overwhelm yourself with that king size one for a first quilt.  That might of kept you from loving quilting as much as I do.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2009 04:48:42 PM »

When I first looked this, I said to myself.....nice job..... and when I read that it was all hand sewn, I said to myself.......HOLY SH*#    GREAT JOB

good luck with your next one!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2009 12:35:18 AM »

Thank you so much! I've already finished a few pieces of my second quilt, which will too be completely hand sewn. I enjoy sewing, it's calming for my hyperactive mind and body Grin
And in my mind I'm already mapping out the ideas for further quilts Roll Eyes I think I'm hooked! (ha, wait until I try my first bigger quilt, I'm sure it'll stop my enthusiasm quite a bit!)
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