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!
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