Monday, August 13, 2012

T-shirt comforter

This is the T-shirt quilt I just finished (my first completed project on my new machine!)  I really gave the Viking a workout, too!  Not only is this T-shirt material, it is also pieced and backed with flannel.  It slipped a lot even though I basted it in place, and I had some trouble binding it as a result.  I also made some mistakes with this first T-shirt effort that became a learning experience!  But, overall, I think it turned out pretty good.  It not only covers most of the T's and sweatshirts my daughter wore (a couple of them made by her grandmother) but I quilted it with remembrances from her childhood, like a viola, a pair of pointe shoes, her cat and dog, etc.  There was no way I could try to free motion quilt these difficult designs because I was quilting the comforter with a stretchy stitch, so I did a LOT of turning! :-)  But it was worth it.  It's cozy and soft and warm....and really fun.  Here are a few pictures:
The range of shirts goes from military campaigns (her Dad was in the Air Force) to ballet and school shirts, to a couple sent to her by her aunt who was modeling then.  I realized too late I should have tried to cut them all at least two basic sizes....the puzzle effect of all the different sizes was hard to deal with.

A close up of a exercise bear her grandmother did with fabric paints was one.  Her summer program with Joffrey was another.

I added the heart to a blank square.  Her grandmother made the snowman.  She was first chair viola at her school.

A view of some of the quilting...this is the viola.

And this is a pair of pointe shoes.  Our daughter danced for 14 years.


  1. You have put a lot of time and effort into this special memory quilt. I've not tried to quilt anything but woven cotton, both you and your new machine have done a marvellous job.

  2. Marie, I love how you incorperated every thing special into this beautiful quilt! Just lovely!

  3. Totally amazing... such memories for Yvonne to keep and how special that her Mom made it. Good job.

  4. I think it turned out great! Free motion quilting and stretchy t-shirts are probably a very hard mix to work with. I've never tried a t-shit quilt and don't think I want to. Do you baste them to non-stretching fabric first?

  5. I bet you are proud and glad to have this one done...and bet it was a lot of work. But at least you had a new machine to do it on and it turned out great.

  6. What a treat to find your blog. I deserted my "Buttons for Baga" blog with my sewing and quilting a year or so ago for my photography blog. I just was not able to do two blogs at the same time. I have made two Tshirt quilts, but your is far more creative than mine. I love the randomness of it and the different stitching patterns. You did a wonderful job. Lucky girl you to have a Viking. I am still on some very old but strand Singers and a Brother. Maybe one day. Happy to find you. genie