Friday, October 25, 2013

Framed Shirts Quilts: Twin and Full Finish!

I'm headed to Quilt Market in Houston today! At first, I felt a little overwhelmed by taking this trip in my third trimester, but it will be worth it to see friends and take it all in. Stash Books is also hosting a book signing for me on Saturday morning, and I have some other fun things scheduled. I'll share lots of pics!
Framed Shirts Quilt

Earlier this year, Julie contacted me to see if I'd like to take on a special quilting project. The idea was to make twin- and full-size quilts for her two boys using shirts as the fabric. She provided the shirts and some additional coordinating fabrics, and I set out from there!

Framed Shirts Quilt

My intention was to make these quilts using Elizabeth's pattern from Modern Bee. I got the block centers done (all 28 of them!), and then decided to leave off the triangle corners and go with a simple sashing instead.

Full and Twin - Framed Shirts Quilts

I made the quilts larger by adding wide borders. The striped print is Anna Maria Horner Mixed Signals and I used Kona Nightfall for the dark blue sashing and Kona Chocolate for the top and bottom borders of the full-size quilt. I free-motion quilted the sashing and quilted an "X" through each of the blocks, tracing both inside and outside of the outer squares.

Framed Shirts Quilt

Because I was making two quilts at a time, I worked on this project over several months, and I hated to keep Julie waiting! But as it always does, life happens, and I finally got to deliver the quilts in person to her this October.

Having started the project in March, this does seem a little silly, now that I think about it. But, I bet some of you could have me beat! 

Do you have any WIPs that have taken longer than 8 months? What's the longest you've ever sat on a quilting project?


  1. Of course!
    Case in point --
    I still have the boy version un-sandwiched and the girl version is still just blocks! The boy version was pieced a long while before that post lol

  2. The one I'm submitting for the BQF (blog post is almost done) took me nearly a year and a half from the first piece cut to the last stitch.

  3. Great job on them, and hope all the book signing goes well! Don't get writer's cramp ;o)

    As for sitting on projects, err, how about 2 years?

  4. 2+ years for a finish, though I have one WIP that has been in storage forever and I think is going on 6+....

    Great job!

  5. These are nice!! Bed quilts do take time to make - they are not great for blast-through instant gratification. But that just makes them all the more special!

  6. Ah ha, I have a quilt top that needs the borders re-sewn and then quilted. I started it back in 2006! Hopefully it'll be done before next Spring. I really like the twin and full size versions of this quilt. Very nice!

  7. nice shear,
    your project is really awesome.

  8. pattern please for this quilt. i didn't find what your were referring to on Elizabeth's site. thanks

    1. It's Elizabeth's pattern from the book "Modern Bee" :)


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