Saturday, July 11, 2009
Quilt Top Finished
If you have been following my most recent posts you know that this quilt is being made for my sister. I have never attempted to make a quilt using shirts before and it is a challenge to combine soft flannel of varying weights with T shirts made of interlock, jersey and in one case a fair bit of spandex. So in addition to using some nice crisp cotton to help stabilize seams I also used a product called Quilt Fuse. Have you ever used this stuff? It has been around for some time and is basically a light weight fusible interfacing with grid lines. I got mine at Fabricland. Quilt Fuse is sold by the meter and is about 48 inches in width. The idea is that you cut your fabric squares, lay them onto the quilt fuse, press with a hot dry iron and then you fold on the line and stitch a quarter inch away, you do this to all the vertical lines then clip all the intersections and repeat with the horizontal lines. This came in quite handy when making the 9 patch blocks using knits and flannels. I also used it to stabilize fabric anywhere that the seam would be flannel to knit, knit to knit or flannel to flannel. It is lightweight enough that you still get a nice drape to the quilt.
The other dilemma in making a quilt with shirts is that you don't really know how much fabric you have to work with so I used a pattern designed by Molly Fryer as a starting point to create that beautiful center and then just continued designing borders as fabric would allow.
I am pleased with how the quilt top looks, Okay so I know it would not pass the scrutiny of judges but more importantly I know that my sister will love it.
The quilt top measures 72" square and once I have it batted and backed I will machine quilt it.