I'm so so happy that I got L.'s graduation quilt back in time from our quilter, Lynn.
It arrived on Monday.
I put the binding on it on Tuesday and graduation was Thursday night.
Although she knew which shirts I had used, I didn't really let her see it until it was completely put together. And once it showed up she didn't want to see it until actual graduation day. The next 2 kids down were my picture helpers and they were quite envious. Once again they wanted confirmation that they too would be getting a quilt when they graduate.
Here are some close-ups of the quilting and a couple of the t-shirt blocks.
Since there were a number of swimming related shirts Lynn did a meander that appears somewhat like water or waves. She then did the borders in a different little motif. I really love how it all turned out.
I just think this will be a fun quilt for her to have for college and beyond.
- Finished dimensions: 74 1/2 inches wide by 81 inches long.
- We used about 8 adult t-shirts including both the front and back. Then added a couple solos here and there as needed. If you are using on the fronts of shirts you'd need about 16 for this size/style quilt.
- Started with 16 inch squares on most shirts.
- Apply lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of each shirt piece you are using to stabilize them. I just went to Jo-Ann's and bought a bolt of their least expensive interfacing and used my coupon. For sure I used at least 10 yds. of interfacing putting this together.
- Kona charcoal sashing and borders. Cut 2 1/2 strips for between the columns and 4 1/2 strips for the outer borders.
- Orange and white chevron flannel from Jo-Ann's for backing. $3.49/yd on sale. Bought 6 yards to make sure I had enough room to match the print.
- Found a fun navy polka-dot print for the binding.
Preview post here.
For more ideas here is my friend Ann's posts on her kids' t-shirt quilts.
And Emily's favorite babysitter's graduation t-shirt quilt.
I found these layout ideas helpful in planning what I was going to do: here, here, and here.