Friday, October 14, 2011
Quilting Through the Elementary Years
The first was for practice. It was the Family Reunion Quilt which followed a traditional pattern. For the high school tee shirts I used my serger with school colors. That was my favorite method of the three. On this current quilt I used L's elementary through 8th grade tee shirts.
This pattern is called a "Rag Quilt" where the complete square is assembled and then attached leaving the edges to fray. It is always difficult to find the one fabric that will tie so many different colors together but the plaid flannel did the trick. The front are tees from first through fifth grade and the back are from junior high.
With L. away at college the back bedroom has been transformed from an office into a sewing room. I've bought quilting and embroidery needles and pulled out all the fabric tucked into tubs, bags and back closet corners.
The internet is a fabulous resource, I've read enough about applique, and have plenty of Christmas fabric scraps, to begin the next project. It will be interesting to see when all this energy begins to wan but at the moment it's full steam ahead.