Due to the popularity of the Star Wars quilts, I started thinking about what other silhouettes I wanted to do. It turned out I still had a couple of Star Wars ones I wanted to try out before moving on to other images.
I wanted to do the Rey and BB8 silhouette from The Force Awakens first, but I ended up working on another one in tandem after seeing a picture a friend bought online of Luke’s Last Sunset from The Last Jedi. I remembered choking up in the theater when I saw this shot, and the symbolism was NOT lost on me. So I looked online and found this screenshot.
I traced it as best I could and then got to cutting up my orange, maroon, and dark purple fabric into strips. For the original Star Wars quilts, I used 3.5″ strips because I was aiming for a twin-sized quilt. For this one, a friend suggested I go smaller, and I agreed, considering this was going to be a wall quilt. Much smaller. I ended up going with 2.5″ strips and was pleased.
I knew I’d cut a lot, and after rolling it all up and making the strips, I ended up with enough strips to make SIX wall quilts. So I decided I would make two of the Luke quilts and two of the Rey and BB8 quilts.
They were arranged and sewn together. Next step was to cut out the silhouette. I opted to use gold crepe back satin for the suns to give them extra luster and make them stand out against the orange fabric. I even ended up running some gold thread over the suns as well.
I liked the way the final results look. Happy with this one. The final step was to add a hanging sleeve.
I finished the sloth t-shirt quilt, and it was so fun! Originally it was supposed to be a lap sized quilt, but my friend said something that’s music to my ears. She said, “I trust you. You have complete artistic freedom.” Most of the time when folks tell me this, they get way more than what they paid for. There’s something irresistible about having a clean slate for creativity!
For this one, since I had 10 shirts, I decided to play around with a similar layout like the Berenstain Bears quilt and make the squares staggered.
My friend said her favorite color, among many of them, was apple green. Well for me there’s one color above all that compliments apple green – a very texture unbleached beige. I suppose it’s like the hay element in my mind. Anyhow, I found a nice quality unbleached muslin, complete with texture variations, to use alongside the apple green.
My friend did mention she was a very tactile person, so the backing needed to be more than a simple cotton quilting. I looked around and settled on a green flannel-backed satin. I love the sheen it has, and the feel to it is cool and sleek – perfect for tactile folks!
I loved making this quilt and expanding on my normal format for t-shirt quilts. It’s a great example of why I tell folks don’t worry about not having enough shirts to make a bigger quilt. I can always play around with the layout. This one, using 10 shirts, was originally meant to be a lap quilt and ended up being a full-sized spread!
The boy and I decided to get some mommy-son pictures made, and I wanted to bring something that was important to both of us. So I brought the Star Wars quilt I made him. This was the prototype for the other Star Wars quilts I made.
I like how they turned out. Miles over at Portrait Innovations did a great job!
*A quick note to say that the picture at the top is one of the in-progress pictures. I forgot to get a final picture. That happens a lot.
This quilt was a first for me in regards to theme. It’s a hockey quilt. If you know anything about the state of Georgia, you’ll understand why I don’t have more of these. Georgia’s climate specializes in heat and humidity, and what’s “cold” to us is a fair day up in Vermont. So yeah, it’s amazing I’ve even gotten one hockey quilt.
That being said, hockey jersey material really is like no other, and I loved working with it. You know when you get your hands on some high quality copy paper? The good stuff? You know how you can tell by its texture and thickness that it was made to last? These hockey jerseys felt the same way – only in fabric form.
I’ve worked with football, baseball, and softball jerseys aplenty, but the hockey jersey presented one big problem those others didn’t. A big problem. Big. The jersey fonts and numbers were huge because they needed to go over all that padding. I ended up using my standard block size for all of the rows except the last one. If you look carefully, you’ll notice the bottom row is slightly longer. That was the only way I was going to be able to get everything fitted in. And even then I had to shorten and rearrange some of the trim and names. But in the end I think it worked out just fine.
There was one element on this quilt that was completely new for me. The client gave me a couple of pairs of hockey socks and said something along the lines of, “I don’t know if you can do anything with these, but here they are.” I told her I’d see what I could manage because I had an idea. I was able to sew them together with no issues, but I sure did bite my lip when my quilting machine went over them, afraid for all parties involved. But the machine took the knitted socks in stride, and I simply avoided the bulky seam part when possible. I love pointing to those two blocks and telling people that those were socks. I think it’s so funny.
This t-shirt quilt was for a friend in memory of her father-in-law. Apparently it was a tradition for him to get her funny shirts from the crawfish shacks he frequented. I’ll admit some of them were pretty funny.
I liked this one for another reason, too. If I’m correct in my thinking, this is the first quilt where we picked out fabric via online; she lives in a different state. I liked the whimsical fabric choice for the backing, and I used a coordinating fabric for the sashing.
It was a nice thematic change of pace for me. I’m in Georgia, so I probably won’t get the chance to make many crawfish quilts.
This is a short update on the sloth t-shirt quilt.
For the fabric around the shirts, my friend likes apple green, among many colors, so I thought it would be a good match. Normally I go for darker colors when making the frames and borders, but since there’s so much room here I think it’ll look nice.
For me, there’s not much else that compliments apple green better than beige. So for the complimentary fabric, I chose an unbleached muslin. I love how it has texture and little flecks in it.
I’ve framed the shirts so far and made most of the blocks for the other parts of the top. I have about four blocks left to make before I can assemble the top.
The sloth quilt is going to be on hold for a bit while I get a more time-sensitive commission taken care of. I’ll post updates on that as well. Stay tuned!
This quilt is a great example of why I tell folks not to worry about not having enough t-shirts for a certain size quilt. I can always add in more blocks. For example, this person had 8 shirts but wanted a twin-sized quilt for her daughter. So I simply went in and added quartered blocks alternating with the shirts. I like the overall look.
Also, I had a couple of clients want to know about embroidery. That is one service I do not offer as of yet. Sometimes I think about getting a fancy embroidery machine, but then I remember that I am limited on space and funds and time. I don’t know if I would even have the time to fully learn it. I still have a serger that I am too scared to touch.
One thing about this quilt that I especially love is the backing. It is made from a fabric called “shirting flannel”. So it’s extra soft. Basically, it’s pajama pants material. Can you imagine?! A quilt with pajama pants material on the back?! I keep looking for more ways to incorporate this kind of material into my quilts as it’s just so darned comfy!