Posts tagged #t-shirt quilt

Volleyball T-Shirt Quilt

I recently had the opportunity to make a t-shirt quilt on commission. Nancy's daughter is a senior on her college volleyball team. Nancy decided that she wanted a t-shirt quilt to commemorate Rachel's years of playing competitively. The quilt includes quite a few t-shirts from various tournaments she participated in. It also has a lot of her old jerseys from both high school and college volleyball.

Rachel was lucky enough to get the same number for both high school and college. I put her number in all four corners of the quilt. The bottom left is a shirt from high school. The top corners are jerseys from college. The one in the bottom right is special because it is actually vintage. Once a year they would play in the old jerseys that the university used back in the day. Athletic fabric has come a long way in the last few decades!

Naturally, this quilt had to be quilted with volleyballs. The volleyball design I chose is Modern Volleyball by Jessica Schick. I like the way the lines on the balls are spaced a little bit apart to make it look three-dimensional. It gives the quilting the pillowy appearance of real volleyballs.

For the back of the quilt, I used a blue swirl flannel. It is very soft and cozy. Flannel is the just the thing to make this a great snuggle quilt.  At 61" by 74" it is the perfect size for curling up on the couch.

Nancy took the quilt to present to Rachel at her senior night. She said that Rachel was completely surprised and loved the quilt. You can just see how happy she is in this picture from her senior night.  I'm thrilled that I got to be a part of something so special that she will cherish for years to come.

350 Blocks Project: October Report

Another month has come and gone. I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving! I've started thinking about Christmas already. I'm hoping to get gifts handled early this year.

October was an especially fun month because I got to attend two quilt retreats. Considering that, I finished a remarkably small number of blocks, but I had a blast.

First up are two leader/ender blocks. I forgot to bring my leader/ender project with me to the first retreat, so Jen kindly shared hers. I had fun playing in her scraps to make these two wonky stars.

While at that retreat, I finished the units for My Blue Heaven, finished the remaining blocks, and assembled the top. I downsized the blocks, and they are adorable in miniature. It makes me want to make a whole quilt out of them, but I am calling this one done. That's 23 more blocks in the bag.

The last block I finished was a charity block at the annual guild retreat. Each person at the retreat is given the pieces to make one block. Everyone makes their block by Saturday night, and a couple people sew the top together before we leave on Sunday. This is the same style of block that we did at last year's retreat. It goes together quickly and easily, and it looks great when the blocks are put together. You can see last year's finished quilt here.

I just looked at last month's post to add up my total, and I realized I never counted the blocks of the t-shirt quilt I made! I will be posting the details of that quilt in the morning. It included 20 t-shirts. I am counting each of them as a block.

I did better than I thought last month. 2 wonky stars, 23 My Blue Heaven blocks, 1 charity block, and 20 t-shirt blocks gives me 46. That puts me at 266 blocks for the year. I only need 84 more blocks to hit the goal of 350. So far, I haven't made any this month, but there is still plenty of time.