I was honored to be asked to make a quilt for Sophia. I’ve watched her grow up in the church. Mom, Kate had lots of shirts, using front and back’s. Sophia was involved in so many activities. This was going to be the Too Cool T-shirt quilt layout, which is all T-shirts. So many colors and designs yet so many memories throughout her years up until graduation. This truly is a collection of memories. She will have this quilt to wrap up in and to go back into time with. Sophia graduated from New Palestine. Go Dragon! I quilted the HQ meander design.
I love this time of the year, finishing one segment of life and starting a fresh new start. I had been requesting T-shirts for the last four months to make Cody’s graduation quilt. He did not want to give them up, he’s still wearing them. I had found a panel with the Football saying on it, so I could not wait to make this quilt. His mom, Jody gave me a few t-shirt (4), not enough. So I begged for more. She gave me four more. It was just enough to surround the panel and make a nice manly quilt. I quilted the straight lines across that gave it a nice finish without distracting from the saying or the T-shirts. Cody loved his quilt! Yes, he is really special because he received two for graduation! Way to go champ and Best of luck in business.
Oh what we do for family. Connie took on the challenge to make a T-shirt quilt with the Too Cool T-shirt pattern lay out and using the templates. She backed all her T’s then cut them, then created the puzzle to make all the T’s fit together. After she had the quilt layout she sewed them all together. She asked me to quilt it and she found a picture “out there in cyber space” with straight lines across. I loved the straight lines because it did not distort any of the T-shirts and the look is very modern. So the quilt was quilted and given back to her in record time. We are all on a deadline for graduation. I loved the straight lines so well I used in on Cody’s T-shirt quilt.
Marcia Robertson is known (to me) as the Queen of T-shirt quilts. She can put one together in no time and she knows she can call me on a dime and I will get her quilt quilted for her. Most of the time the rush is because the student is not ready to part with the Senior T-shirts. But we all love deadlines. Marcia made a double sided quilt and she had it in time for the big day. Owen was in the Triton Central Band and I quilted the design with HQ music meander. Way to go Owen!
I love T-shirt quilts because they are one of a kind. This May I had a hand in five graduation quilts. No easy task since all required a quick turn time and secrecy. The first was made by Angela Carmony Simpson for her grandson Cody graduating from Roncalli High School. He wanted a red, white and blue quilt for the school colors. Angela used her embroidering machine and talents and created the school emblem “R” which made the quilt. I custom quilted the quilt with straight lines and swirls. A great memory of his last two years of high school.
I purchased this stained, hand pieced red and white quilt top at a local flea market for $12. The quilt top had holes, different shades of white fabrics and did not lay flat, but I could see the finished look. I love to take old quilt tops and bring them alive with various types of quilting. This one needed lots of small quilting to flatten down the unevenness. I could not find the name of this pattern, but many saw turtles, geometric design and birds. I had a book that had a fish pattern in a circle and I thought it looked close, so I decided they were fish. I loaded the quilt top on my Handi-Quilter frame and could immediately tell I had my work cut out for me because the quilt top was very wavy. I thought this would be a perfect time to learn free-hand quilting. I first basted the quilt down and started with red thread to create the fish. I quilted gills and eyes on the fish. I then quilted with off white thread double circles on the cream/white and beige fabrics to matte down the quilt top and to give it a continuous look instead of drawing the eye to all the different shades of white. It was a lot of fun! I love this quilt! After it was quilted I was told the pattern is doves. I see fish, what do you see?
Sue Meggenhofen brought me her antique quilt top to be quilted. Her quilt top has cinnamon pink, plaids, stripes, indigo and depression blues. Sue said this quilt top was given to her grandmother as a baby gift in 1904 and has been passed down through the generations. Sue decided the quilt needed to be quilted. I was honored that she trusted me with this heirloom because I love to bring quilts to life with my quilting. The quilt maker would rather the quilt be finished and used instead of stored away. Some of the stars had come loose and needed repaired before quilting. I quilted in the ditch to stabilize the hand stitches and added simple designs. For the age of the quilt the fabrics were in great shape. Sue will add a label to the back for future generations to know the history. Many believe that a hand pieced quilt top should be hand quilted, but I also believe quilt tops should be finished so they can be enjoyed. So if you have a quilt top stored away, I say get it out and get it finished!