This beautiful antique quilt top was an auction find that my mother-in-law purchased. (shh… under $10) I added good quality muslin (Fat Quarter Shop has 108″ that is really nice) for the backing and binding.
She likes my Pantagraphs and has me choose them as we go.
The center Drunkards Path blocks were pieced by hand and were all well done. No repairs were needed. I think they are feed sack fabrics. It isn’t exactly all the same prints but they look near enough alike that the eye thinks they are the same. Maybe this top has a story about digging through sacks to find more that coordinate! The border fabric was added later by machine and seems to be from a different decade.
Part of the finishing includes a label. Because it is for family, I give it a wash in my machine to clean up years of dirt & etc as well as (especially for this one!!) remove various and excess dye. It has a lovely, cuddly grandmotherly feel and look to it now. Now usable instead of sitting on a shelf in the closet. Best use for a quilt!
A new addition to her home prompted this quilter to make a new quilt to coordinate with her new room. She used the pattern, Marcie’s Maze, and used purchased pieces, not a jelly roll as the pattern suggests. Super cute fabrics and great piecing!
Doesn’t this make you wish you had a new sunroom to decorate?
This quilt is a personal pattern by the maker and features the initial of her granddaughter’s first name.
I love the script “E”! Darling fabrics are girly but not baby style for this newly-turned 3 year old. (sorry for the blurry photo)
The backing of the quilt is minky fabric and lightly quilted so that it still is cuddly and drapes. You should see Miss E modeling with the quilt! 🙂
This quilt is quite the memory quilt. I wish my photos could capture how dear this is! As the maker’s nearly first start into quilting, that in itself is a memory to hold. Based on ideas from the book, A Quilter’s Diary by Mimi Dietrich, this quilt holds a rich family history!
In the quilt, there are special blocks for parents, for their marriage, for each of their children, family name, and lots of fun memories. Do you see there is even an Ohio Star block? 🙂
I wish you could hear the stories behind the blocks. It is so fascinating! The near top row of mostly cream blocks fall across the pillows on a made bed. Great planning! The center block of that row is an old quilt block made by her great-grandmother. Then she repeated that block pattern across the top and my quilting in those blocks mimics the original block.
Here are some close-up peeks at the blocks and borders.
I did custom freehand quilting on all of the quilt. Each block is quilted to go along with the block design and I kept a swirl theme throughout the quilt.
A beautiful quilter wanted her wallhanging custom quilted to highlight the center panel and accent the borders.
My favorite is the mosaic style maze border that she added. Just beautiful work!
And the back showing part of the center panel quilting….
This quilt is just amazing! Pieced baskets and appliqued flowers set on point.
She said she wanted to finish the quilt with a scalloped border so I left space on the border to allow her room to work.
At our local guild show, I finally got to see the finished quilt! I love her scalloped border.
Several customers have asked about tshirt quilts so I finished this one using my daughter’s shirts. I hope this helps show you a new way to have a tshirt quilt. I like the layout with a variety of shirt sizes and the added fabric pieces between the shirts. I used my daughter’s favorite colors and those that went well with the shirts. It is bright because she likes bright! Not all tshirt quilts scream like this one!! 🙂
I was able to use fronts & backs of the shirts as well as the little emblems that are above the front pockets. I also used small designs on the sleeves. Quite fun!
This quilt was quilted with Superior Thread, Rainbow, Gypsy which is a bright pink variegated thread. Here is a photo of the back showing the turquoise flannel backing and the quilting. I used a freehand floral design in the border and then a variation of that with swirls for the body of the quilt.
Let me know if you’d like me to make a tshirt quilt for you. Of course, the price varies depending on the size you want and the number of shirts.