Crawfish T-shirt Quilt

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.

Pinch da Tails

 

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.

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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.

Related posts and blogs:

Southern Belly: Crawfish

Beyond Gumbo: My Lousiana Crawfish Po-boys

 

 

Sloth t-shirt quilt update

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.

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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.

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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!

 

Cheerleader T-Shirt Quilt

This won’t be the last t-shirt quilt you all see.  They are sort of my bread and butter.  I do more t-shirt quilt commissions than I do anything else, and they help out with a lot around here. Graduation season is picking up, and I’m starting to see inquiries and am getting orders.  I’ve completed two already and am meeting someone for a 3rd.

In honor of graduation season coming upon us (a time that is often busier than Christmas for me), I’m doing a post on one of the senior quilts I made last year.  This one was interesting because the school colors were black and silver.  You would think this makes for a boring or “ugly” combination.  But I realized as we looked through the fabric that it was also a combination that was hard to get wrong. In fact, it made for a nice contrast to the shirts!

 

So I’ll show you guys a bit of my process.  For starters, I make a draft. This was for a basic layout – no sashing or borders.  The name was about the only frill.  I’ve gotten rather good at drafting layouts far more complicated on Microsoft Word.

Ariel Layout

I use fusible interfacing to make sure that jersey knit stays put.  It’s stretchy and likes to bunch up without a stabilizer. The shirts themselves were quick since I wasn’t doing a border.  There was one spot open, and I made a quick 9-patch to match the backing.  This is a great example of why I tell folks not to stress about how many shirts I’ll need.  I usually tell them to send me what they want included, and I’ll try to figure out a way to make them all fit.

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This one was made of the senior’s cheerleading shirts.  There were plenty to be had and a generous amount of glitter! I liked the traces of pink in the shirts; they “popped” once they were placed beside the black and silver school colors.

 

 

For the backing, my client chose an “oil slick” design that was a nice and playful balance for the black and silver school colors.  I used the same fabric in the front 9-patch as well as the letters of the name.

This particular quilt was pretty fun to make!

Related blogs and posts:

Rosebud’s Quilts: Another t-shirt quilt

Rock & Roll Marathon T-Shirt Quilt

Quilts in Common: T-shirt quilt for graduation

 

 

A quilt for me…

As I made quilt after quilt for others, I thought long and hard about what would be in mine once I decided to make it. The occasion came when I wanted to do my first craft show and needed a backdrop. I made myself a queen size quilt of all the different fandoms I had since I was little.

For backing and the sashing intersections, I chose a magenta fabric that was pretty bold and balanced it out with simple black.

Some of the shirts I already had on hand, some were gifts, some had been worn for years, and some were never worn. I had some especially made at the local screen printing place for this quilt.

At every craft show I do, it’s the biggest draw to my booth, and I learn a lot about folks based on which shirt they’re drawn to.

Fandoms include: Dr. Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rainbow Brite, Jane Austen, Wicked, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Firefly, The Last Unicorn, The Princess Bride, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, DC and Marvel comics, Shakespeare, The Neverending Story, She-Ra, Studio Ghibli, Edward Gorey, Downton Abbey, Daria, Muppets, Jurassic Park, Duck Tales, and Lewis Carroll.

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