Thursday, August 18, 2011

T-Shirt Quilt ... the blocks are coming together

First, here's the block for each t-shirt.
Gold T-Shirt

Lime Green T-Shirt

Tie Dye T-Shirt

I started working on a group of elementary and middle school t-shirts last Spring.  So now it's time to get these made into a quilt.  I'm scheduled to teach a T-Shirt quilt class soon and it's essential that I've actually made one first.

There were so many colors!  It could have looked a little too much like a clown splat.  I think the layout is the most fun and the most challenging part of this process.  My daughter and I decided to arrange the shirts in diagonal rows of colors.  The extra triangles of that same color adds to the continuity of the design.

Tomorrow, I get to use the classroom and it's huge design wall.  I'll be able to post a photo of these blocks all situated in order.  The blocks are 18 inches finished and there will be a 5 x 6 arrangement.  Once it's pieced, I'll do a simple meander and see how challenging it is to quilt through the stabilized shirts.  It's not hard to sew the block with them, so I'm not expecting problems.  All the seams are pressed away from the t-shirt, so there won't be any double layers of stabilizer.

A quick house update ... Insurance has been very helpful in a second settlement to cover all the expenses that were missed the first time.  Our contractor is happy with it too.  As a result, we're getting the new air conditioning units installed even as I type.  The old ductwork is gone, the new has come.  We knew there was water in the old ducts from the rain streaming through the house.  It's a gross sight, but I'm so relieved that this problem was handled and we don't have these ducts in the house any more.
Inside of water-logged duct ... what is that stuff growing in there?

By the way, I haven't forgotten about the Jewel Box quilt top.  It's loaded on the frame and I've auditioned a few threads.  I think a darker green will be better for the green leafy design in the squares.  I get excited when I see it waiting patiently for me.
Top, batting and backing are just waiting patiently.

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Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

1 comment:

  1. the t-shirt quilt blocks look amazing!! I hope I get invited to this t-shirt quilting class (and can come) since I've been slacking in my t-shirt cutting up. :P