T-shirt quilt, that is!!! A client/friend had been a teacher at our local high school until her retirement this past Spring and she had acquired a really neat collection of themed t-shirts. With her newly found “free time” she put together this keepsake/lap quilt. Her teaching expertise/fields were physics, chemistry and biology (although, I’m sure she’s proficient in others!), so check out the backing fabric she chose (last photo)! Her/our school is the Houston “Hurricanes”.
In keeping with the theme, I tried to use a stitching motif that would be appropriate. I call it “Windy Swirls”.
And that oh-so-perfect backing fabric………………………………..
I could not find the name of the above fabric, but the selvage says it’s by Timeless Treasures, Pattern #GAIL-C 5523 (?). I used Sulky Viscose rayon thread in a wine color (top thread) and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly “Turkey Red” for the bobbin. The quilt measures 51”x67”.
This was a very enjoyable project. T-shirt quilts do present some unique challenges, even when properly prepared/backed. The shirt parts still have some knit stretch to them and many have a very heavy logo that is vinyl/rubberized so there is a probability of thread breakage while sewing through those areas. Also, like leather and other vinyls, once a hole is made…..it’s there permanently so no ripping unless the replacement stitches fall in the same spots!
I do hope you are enjoying a beautiful Autumn. Ours, here in the upper Midwest, is amazing! The most brilliant tree/foliage colors have passed but it’s still most colorful. Now, on to my next project………………………………