This is a sad tale, but has a very happy ending. My friend wanted a t-shirt quilt for her husband and unbeknowst to me she had someone on the internet make it. She had talked about this for years – a quilt made from her husband’s annual father’s day shirts. She sent me a picture of it, and, as a quilter, I was concerned. It is a fine job, but us quilters know that this is not good – there is no quilting, nothing holding this together memory quilt together.
She is one of my very best friends, responsible for me meeting my husband, and I couldn’t let it go at what I had seen. We agreed they would present it to him for his birthday, and then I would do a little magic on it afterwards.
Once I got the quilt, it was as I expected, un-quilted. Furthermore, there was some give to it but not a lot of extra fabric on the edges of the quilt. I asked a long-arming friend what she would do, she would take it apart. I knew that was not a good option.
As is often the case, I kept thinking about it and looking at it. Finally, I finally came up with a plan and I would quilt it on my Bernina 570. I would baste it with pins to help with the shifting of the batting. It was a polyester batt, with some loft, but with no “stickiness” to the shirts/backing. Like an unruly pet, it needed to be tamed. I would use a serpentine stitch as wide as I could make it, to go over the seams and secure the top, batt and backing.
It worked quite well. It secured the quilt. There were a few puckers; we concurred it would be fine. When it is washed, I believe it will tighten up a bit. Furthermore, my friend thought it was the right amount of whimsy for the quilt!
I was done as I also felt it needed a label. I created one in Embrilliance, and used my embroidery unit to make the label. It was then attached it to the quilt by hand.
All in all, the quilt was rescued and they were thrilled with it. I know it is a great memory quilt for him, and now it will last. He can watch TV and cuddle with it and throw it in the wash and it will be fine. My friend said the maker was inexperienced, but really, I think there is no excuse for not quilting a quilt or tying it or something. I can rest easier, knowing that it is quilted and will last.
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Fab Farm SAL – Block 9 (6/19)
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd
Fab Farm SAL – Block 10 & Linky Party (6/26)