The Perfect Recipient
My sister asked me to make a quilt out of her Texas Rangers T-shirts, for her grandson. The only thing I knew about T-shirt quilts is that they are hard to make, since the T-shirt material is knitted instead of woven, and tends to move around a lot. But they are special people, and so I agreed. (Also she promised me pumpkin cookies.)
When they were here for a visit this summer, I pulled out four fabrics and asked my great-nephew to show me his favorite, second favorite, etc. That way I knew what fabric to use for the filler strips on the front, and which one to use for the back.
Normally I am a trial-and-error type of quilter, but this time I had the foresight to take a Craftsy class, The Ultimate T-shirt Quilt, by Winnie Fleming, and I picked up tips there that made the process easier. It was very heavy to quilt on a domestic sewing machine, and I will probably never do it again, but I know it came out as well as it did because I learned so much from that class.
So here is the finished quilt:
I took 3 small pieces and arranged them like the Texas flag!
Over Thanksgiving, I gave it to my great-nephew, and his response was perfect. He loved it, he spread it out on the floor and scrambled all over it, he looked at it for a long time, and he said twice, “You made this?” I’m glad he liked it, but I am even more glad that he already has that respect for something that was made by hand.
My sister loved it too, and the pumpkin cookies are awesome.