Monday, May 21, 2012

Zebra striped T-shirt quilt

Elaine made this T-Shirt quilt for her granddaughter who is graduating high school.  Elaine is not a quilter, so she got some expert tips and advice from her quilting friends to help with this project.  She did an excellent job! 

I usually think of how I'm going to quilt something as I'm putting it on the machine.  As in a few moments before I actually start quilting on it.  And that was the case with this one too.  I had a moment of genius to do zebra stripes in the big black border and I just love how it turned out!  I used a fine gray Aurifil thread throughout this quilt.  The quilting blended in and stood out in all the right places.

I kept the center pretty simple and did loops with a few stars here and there in the big empty spaces.  As well as stars in the cornerstones.  T-shirt quilts are always kind of fun to figure out how you are going to quilt around each shirt design.  It's fun to weave in and out of the words.  Sometimes you can get away with just outlining the design, but others are too big to leave unquilted.  For example this one; after the quilt was off the machine, I decided to go back and stitch around the "sister!".   My machine has no problems stitching through those vinyl/plastic-like decals.  But it is still a little nerve-wracking because if you have to rip it out, you will leave little holes in it. 

Anyways, Elaine was just tickled with how her quilt turned out, and I think I might just say that this might be my favorite t-shirt quilt I've done so far!  :)

*notice how I've removed the dates on my pictures.  Now you have NO IDEA how belated my posts are!  Ha ha!

1 comment:

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

You did a marvelous job with it!