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Shirt off my back

A few weeks ago I talked about one of the “UFO” projects I was trying to finish before leaving my parent’s house in Arizona.

Sadly I was not able to finish my brother’s t-shirt quilt.  Fortunately it was much easier to pack into my suitcase than a wood subway art sign or headboard.

I have since finished the quilt for my brother that was started almost 10 years ago.

Full-size bed quilt, slightly small for a Queen size bed

Full-size bed quilt, slightly small for a Queen size bed

Finished T-Shirt Quilt

Finished T-Shirt Quilt

Back side of quilt

Back side of quilt

When it came to the actual quilting, I wanted something that was a bit more masculine and modern to balance the sentimental feel of a t-shirt quilt.

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IMG_1608I decided to do a tight zig-zag stitch along the sections where the different directions of quilting met up.  This was to reinforce the start point of the lines and to cover the not-so-straight beginnings.

Front center detail

Front center detail

Zig-zag stitching on "joints"

Zig-zag stitching on “joints”

Zig-zag stitching on "joints"

Zig-zag stitching on “joints”

Zig-zag stitching on "joints"

Zig-zag stitching on “joints”

Detail close-up of back quilting

Detail close-up of back quilting

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Khaki colored thread to blend and give great texture effect

When it came to binding the quilt, I opted for the quick and dirty method.  I made a bias tape with the remaining khaki fabric used for the front sashing and backing. I then proceeded to machine sew it to the front and back side.

Since this is a quilt for my younger brother and will most likely be used as a couch quilt or “guest bed” (aka futon) blanket, I figured I could get away with an easier binding method.  I am not the best at this technique, but I wanted to get the quilt done and off my “UFO” list.

Machine sewn binding

Machine sewn binding

Overall I’m pretty happy with how it came out.

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There is a college t-shirt quilt that is a work-in-progress (WIP) for myself.  I will make sure to post more on the construction part of it in the upcoming weeks.

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UFO Sighting!

One of my biggest challenges is completing projects. Like my mother, I tend to start projects and rarely finish them. While it keeps my interests and excitement for crafting alive, it is also overwhelming having an ever-growing “to do” list.

Over the past year or so I have made a very conscious effort to A- complete the new projects I start and 2- finish the “UFO’s” (UnFinished Objects) that have been YEARS in the making.

Currently, I am about two weeks into a month long visit to my parents in AZ. Before making the trip I set a goal to finishing up some of those UFO’s. The projects I set out to finish are (in priority order):

  1. T-shirt Quilt for my younger (not so little) brother, Eddie. I started this almost 8 years ago using t-shirts he wore in high school.
  2. Subway Art Wood Transfer project. This was supposed to be a Christmas 2013 present for my dad and then evolved into an Aug 15 birthday present. Still a UFO at this time
  3. Upholstered Headboard. This is another project for my brother. He took my bed a few years ago, I stole the headboard to redo.
  4. UA T-shirt Quilt. SInce this is a UFO for myself, it’s lowest on the priority list. As you can probably guess, I went through a phase of making t-shirt quilts. I will be happy to have them done.

I have made the most progress on finishing the T-shirt quilt for my brother.  While I did plan out how I wanted to quilt this one, I have greatly underestimated how long it would take.  You can see my progress below:

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Laying it out to fix the backing and batting

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My mother’s machine from the 1980’s. I learned to sew on this machine

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No free motion foot for this guy

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Quarter inch spacing. Love the texture. Despise how long it takes.