T-Shirt Quilt: Challenge Accepted
A few weeks ago during Sunday Stash #95 I showed you a bundle of t-shirts my brother, Cody, had sent me to make him a queen-sized t-shirt quilt. He’d only sent fifteen, with three of them being the same shirt! Now, he’s a big guy, being a college football player and all, so there is plenty of t-shirt fabric to work with. However, there was no way I was ever going to just cut these shirts into squares, sew them together and be done with it. Bor-ing. Come on, let’s spice it up!
I cruised over to Instagram for some #tshirtquilt inspiration, and found none. Zero. Zilch. Zip. Looks like I’m gonna have to rescue this genre from the same-same bucket. Just so we’re clear, I’m not looking down my pretty nose at any on-grid t-shirt quilts. Grandma Sparkles made me mine exactly like that, and it is my go-to couch quilt. (I’ll be sure to get you some pictures of it before this process is complete.) Instead, I want to make a t-shirt quilt that inspires you to try something a little bit different!
The t-shirts are toned, secondary colours of orange, purple and green, with lots of neutrals of black, white, and grey. I’ve pulled coordinating fabrics that tend to have a more masculine vibe. This resulted in a lot of Comma, Botanics and Architextures, random fat quarters here and there, and (gasp!) batiks. I have been busily making random filler blocks to combine with the differently shaped and sized logos from the t-shirts. I want there to be a lot to discover in this quilt, with only the colours tying it together.
It has been so creatively exciting! I wake up each morning thinking, “Hmm… well, what block do you want to make today?!” Oh, and there have been many! This has been a great opportunity to explore blocks I haven’t made before. For instance, I don’t want to make 752 Economy Blocks for an entire quilt, but I whipped up a couple just to throw in here randomly. I’ve still got lots of fabrics in my pull to work with, so there’s a whole variety of blocks still waiting to be made. There’s going to be nothing boring about this t-shirt quilt, fo’sho!
So I have two questions for you, Glitterati:
1. What other blocks should I throw in here? (Don’t say Churn Dash, because I am not a fan). The only definite thing left on my list to make is four Road to Oklahoma blocks.
2. My brother likes typical Oklahoma, guy things. You know, hunting and fishing, stuff like that. I’m wondering if any of you have any scraps, or charm squares containing these types of things I could put in the quilt, preferably in this colour way? Nothing too tacky, but some fussy cutting could be a lot of fun in this quilt! I am, of course, happy to pay or trade for such things.
This is going to be one mutha of a jigsaw puzzle. Challenge accepted.