My nephew graduated from college in May of 2014. As part of our present to him, I offered to make him a t-shirt quilt to be delivered before his 30th birthday. He had the 12 t-shirts to me lickety split. Here we are about 18 months later and I am proud to announce a new t-shirt quilt finish. Hip hip hooray!
I picked up fabulous fabric for his quilt back at Fiddlehead Quilt Store in Maine. I took the main backing fabric and cut it in half. I then put both halves on the quilt itself so that they amply covered each side, top and bottom.
Well, you would be wrong. Anyone can make a quilt back if you work at it. Only very talented quilters can make it last a way long time.
I wasn't idle or not sewing, I was just working on other quilts. I would text my nephew and say, you're next! He was very polite and never texted back, Liar liar. He would say, YAY or similar encouraging messages.
I had a gap in-between sewing for the grandchildren and actually got the back made. Yes! It's true.
It was easy to make, just a bit heavy to have over my arms. I ironed it millions of time but finally just had to put it on the longarm with a few wrinkles here and there.
I finally started quilting it and took my sweet time. I am not bragging or proud, I am just all about full disclosure and honesty.
Eventually I finished quilting it and thought, well, this quilt needs to rest for a while. I was working on so many other things and I had grown fond of it by now.
I also love the back. I think my nephew will love it also. I am not going to mail it as I will see him on Christmas eve. In our family the kids stop getting presents once they graduate from college so this will be a late Graduation gift, not a Christmas gift.
He is now coaching college cross country and track so I can foresee another t-shirt quilt in his future.
Just as long as he's not in a hurry!
Want to see what else I start and usually finish along with some quilt humor? Check out my Facebook page. Like the page and join the conversation!
If you want to keep reading my blog, you can subscribe. To do so, type your email address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. You will receive a verification email. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.