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« on: March 28, 2010 09:43:19 PM »

I'll admit, I'm not much of a quilter - I'm a costumer by trade and hobby, so quilting is a wee bit foreign to me.  but when a good friend asked me to do a t-shirt quilt for her husband for Christmas, I couldn't say no! 

First, here's the top all laid out.  As you can see, he's a pretty big football fan. Smiley

One of the interesting challenges of this project was the condition of some of the shirts - the client had her fiancee's old high school football jerseys, which had obviously been well loved. I ended up stitching around all the holes, to keep them from getting bigger as the quilt gets used. It seemed much less intrusive than patching.

The other big challenge was the mesh jersey. I ended up backing it with a piece of broadcloth, and stitched around the numbers to stablilize them. Once the block was quilted, it felt really strong and secure. Also note the kickin' fishing fabric. I don't know if he's a fisher, but manly quilting fabric is harder to find than I thought it would be.

The finished product!  Laid out on a queen sized bed in my messy bedroom. Smiley

Things I learned:  WALKING FOOT.  OMG, I used a friend's machine with a walking foot for the second half of the quilting, and it was BLISS. 

it's not perfect, but my friend is thrilled, so I'll consider it a success. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010 04:42:07 AM »

Very cool!  Great idea to sew around the holes to stabilize them.  I bet her hubby will love it!

« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010 05:47:56 AM »

I love how neat it looks. And how the t-shirts are in such nice even rows.

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