Apart from the baby clothes quilt I made out of Joshy's clothes - years ago, I have never attempted a full sized t-shirt quilt.
They always looked a little tricky to me...and I wasn't wrong.
A dear friend asked me if I would put her husbands old t-shirts together and make a t-shirt quilt for him and I agreed to give it a go. When I got the t-shirts, I realised one does not just 'give it a go' and cut up someone else memories and sew them together in the hope of it becoming a quilt. It needs meticulous planning.
There were t-shirts in that pile that obviously were very special, both from his days in the Marines and a variety of marathons he had run.
These were all special and sacred memories.
Thats when this project took on a whole new meaning and I set out on a quest to search for the most wonderful t-shirt quilt pattern I could find. As soon as I felt how soft these t-shirts were, the last thing I wanted to do was to back them in interfacing and make them feel 'crunchy'
This quilt needed to respect the softness of the t-shirts as I knew if I was able to keep them interfacing free, it would be a wonderful quilt.
Thats when I came across Too Cool T-Shirt Quilts. Not only did they sell a pattern that detailed making a t-shirt quilt without interfacing, they also did it in a pattern that didn't follow the usual 'quilting protocols' of even blocks and rows.
And so the journey began. A journey that probably took 4 hours to cut t-shirts, 4 hours to plan their placement, 4 hours to sew the quilt top and 4 hours to quilt it.
It then took me about 24 hours (over 4 weeks) to unpick my quilting. I wasn't happy with it at all, it didn't lay flat and I felt a responsibility that it needed to be as perfect as possible. Which is why, when I finished unpicking it - I took it to professional quilter - Ann Olsen.
Ann worked her magic and on Saturday I got the quilt top back.
Its a good size 67" x 89" and a beautiful weight. All of those soft t-shirts have made it a very snuggly and warm quilt.
It was gifted to the recipient yesterday and he was happy (what more could I ask!)
So I am happy. Happy it is done and gifted and happy it turned out so well, despite all my issues.
Would I do another one anytime soon??...not a chance!!