Very Special T-Shirt Quilt
Fellow blogger SonomaLass, did me the great honor of bidding on my Brenda Novak Auction item last year. She won a t-shirt quilt made by yours truly and I'm pleased to say I finally finished it. My first finish of 2014.
The previous time I had done this, the winner was someone I worked with. When I needed to talk to her about fabric choices, I could just pop over to her office. This time all of the consulting was done long distance and I had a lot of fun going to the shop, taking pictures of various fabrics and sending them to SonomaLass for her to choose from. I even set up a Flickr page to document my progress on the quilt. (If you go look, the pictures are arranged in reverse chronological order.)
So here's a look at the finished quilt:
One shirt was "re-created" by printing the images on printable fabric. That stuff soaks up ink so nicely. It also soaked up some of the red dye when I washed the quilt. I was a bit surprised to say the least, because I had pre-washed the red twice to get as much excess dye out as possible. So in the following pictures you can see one block is slightly pink instead of stark white. Frankly, I rather like the effect.
And here are some closeups:
And finally, a look at the back.
It always makes me nervous to cut into someone else's precious memories. Then once the top is finished it takes me a couple of weeks to get up the nerve to start quilting. I don't know why, because once I get started, it really is easy and rather fun. All turned out well and I'm grateful to know it will be loved and used.
By the way, it is not lost on me that today is TBR Challenge Day. This is the second month is a row I've missed. I have no excuse for January. This month I blame the Olympics.
Speaking of the Olympics, every time I see the Sochi Olympic graphic my heart just smiles. So beautiful. They need to market the fabric to quilters.