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Thread: Finally finished a tee shirt quilt...#1piecemaker, please read

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    Junior Member OnTheGo's Avatar
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    I finally finished the sorority tee shirt quilt my daughter requested. Don't think I ever want to do another one of those. I wanted it to be perfect, but I soon threw those wishes to the wind and just hoped I'd get it finished before she moved....I barely did. I finished Mon. Dec. 10 and she moved today, Dec. 12. She and the quilt are somewhere over the Atlantic on their way to the other side of the world as I write this.

    Seriously, I've made a fully lined man's sport coat that was easier than this quilt. So I truly admire you gals and guys who have made the tee shirt quilts. The decals aren't straight on the fabric, the fabric stretches, it's hard to get all the blocks the same size and impossible to center each one. I used the felt-like iron-on batting.........sometimes it stuck and sometimes it didn't. Then I was afraid the ones that did stick would come loose if I ironed it after sewing, so I didn't press seams. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew! I'm glad it's finished.

    My husband and daughter are standing on the farm truck holding it over the rails and it's still nearly touching the ground. I believe it's 94" X 94" finished. I had enough small logos to make the cornerstone blocks for the outer border, but had to make 9 for the interior, so I used violet fabric ( one of their colors...the other is maroon) and appliqued some, used fabric crayons on some, etc. using the sorority symbols of penquins, pearls, hearts, doves, triangles, and violets.

    My husband has it all scrunched up on his side....it really is straight, but you can't tell from the picture.
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    That is so original, what a great idea, your daughter must be delighted, where has she moved to?
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    cool idea for all the t shirts that are favs:)

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    WOW,You really did a great job, Thats a lifetime keeper. She'll look at it , and miss you terribly. It will get tear stains.

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    wow! that's fabulous! she'll treasure it forever!

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    Say what you want, It looks great to me, from what you told us I now understand why it is so expensive to have one made. I love the little squares. Its great :D

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    Really great quilt. :!: :thumbup:

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    You did a great job. I'm sure she'll treasure it and cuddling with it will bring the feeling that's you're close even when you're far away.

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    Looks great. I have only made them by using iron-on stabilizer to get the t-shirt fabric to cooperate.

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    Fabulous :thumbup: Onthego! You have a very lucky daughter :D
    And, like the others - where is she going??

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    Thanks guys for your compliments. I talked about our daughter leaving in some posts way back, but didn't realize until lately that I need to be cautious in revealing exactly where she is going for safety reasons. But the area was part of the old Soviet Union.

    She gave up a great career with the Marriott Corp. to become a missionary. Her work visa lists her as a business consultant. She will be teaching English as a second language at a business school. She will also be working with children at risk. She went for a 2 week visit last year and came back with both sad and exciting stories.

    The kids are from single parent families usually and the mothers are usually alcoholic and I suppose are prostitutes to pay for their addictions. They think the House the missionaries run to give them one hot meal each day is the only meal they get. They also socalize with the children and provide them with warm clothes. It often gets (and stays) 45 degrees below zero in the winter. She was told that the children are usually 2 yrs. older than they look due to malnutrition.

    I get regular newsletters from there. In the spring this year, there were 2 male cousins who started coming each day. They would squirrel away bread crusts to eat later. The 15 yr. old had only one outfit of clothes..an old pr. of warmup pants that he tied with string and a warmup jacket. The 13 yr. old had a man's suit that was about 4 sizes too large. That was what they wore each day until the missionaries bought them some new clothes.

    Then there's the success story of the tiny little girl (about 8 yrs. old) who has blossomed and is learning to crochet.

    My husband is having a hard time with DD's move. He bursts into tears often during the day. I understand her desire to make a difference, so I'll miss her but I know she's serving a purpose.......a job like any other, just a lot further from family than some.




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    What a great story to top off a great quilt! I am sure you are really proud of her.

    I bet there are a lot of us here that could donate clothes to those poor kids!

    I have confiscated some of my husbands tshirts, promising to make a quilt some day out of them. I will have to get more tips before tackling that!

    Best Wishes!

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    Sounds just like some areas here in the United States. You did a great job on that quilt!!!! :D

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    I like it but it is not one project I would ever take on,, I am not that brave :lol:

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    She must just love it. Its beautiful and surely is a one of a kind project. Great Job.

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    That is one 1 of a kind quilt. :!: :!: :!: What a loving gift--such a treasure.

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    What a great story and a perfect going away gift for your daughter. It is hard when they are so far away, but they are doing such wonderful work that it is hard not to be proud. Chin up dad, she is doing what she needs to do.
    I love the quilt but I am still a bit too new for that challenge, although I think I have more than enough tshirts to get the job done. Maybe a lap quilt would work for me lol

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    Love your Fairy..........

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    I can relate to your feelings having had a daughter who served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. The two years three months she was gone were hard for all of us in her family. Like you we worried about her safety and health (she was sick alot). But, I do believe like your daughter that she made a difference in people's life. We have been lucky enough to visit there twice, once during her Peace Corp stint and again last Christmas. The friends we've made there will last a lifetime and my daughter learned invaluable lessons from living there. For one, we just are so truly blessed to be living here in the United States. We take so much for granted.......

    p.s.----Thanks for all the pointers on the T shirt quilt. I have a box of them squirreled away with the idea of making them into a quilt and now I have a much better perspective.......(they may just stay in that box a while longer LOL......) Plus, I think your quilt despite all the challenges is wonderful!!!!

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    :shock: that is my look of amazement! Wow! Wonderful!

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    Thanks again everyone. I have a new challenge....WHAT to do with 16 perfectly good tee shirts except for the 17 in. square hole in the back and 7 in. square hole in the front..........I have a lot of ideas.......BUT your suggestions are welcome. Right now I have ideas of how to use every last shred of them, but have some other things I want to do first.

    To Joan, DD is adapting wonderfully to her new home, even though it has been -30F and snows almost every day and she typically hates cold weather. She bought a goose down coat and long johns before she left here and snow boots there, ( tried the boots on in the snow in the outdoor bazaar) SO she says only her face gets cold. She even sweats walking through all that snow and it's very warm in the apartment. They have radiator heat controlled by the city...city turns it on in Oct. or Nov. and off in Mar. or Apr.

    I bought her one pr. of socks from National Geographic catalog knitted from Alpaca and copper. The copper ( which you can neither see nor feel) reflects the body heat and she says they are extremely warm.

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    henryparris76.........Can I call you HP? I've been looking at your projects and they're great either for a beginner or old pro. Loved the hanky project.

    I read a lot on here and learn a lot. I don't write a comment to everything I read, ( I'd never get off the computer if I did ) but I have learned a lot from just reading what everyone is making and "how" they are doing it. I LUV creative people.


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    Andi.......Dad is doing better. He doesn't cry everyday now...that I see. Read a lot and plan how you're going to do a tee shirt quilt. It is quite different from sewing woven fabric. I procrastinated, read on here and on other sites for a few months before I cut that first logo. I thought I had it all in my mind, but I changed plans twice even after I started it. Nothing is set in stone in quilting.

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    I don't have this picture stored on my computer anymore, so I had to find it in an old post. Hope this helps.

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    Just looking through archived pictures and admired your t=shirt quilt. You did a marvelous job with t-shirts which are notorious for stretching and having no consistency to the fabric. Love your quilt, and now especially enjoy the story of your daughter, who seems to be an angel on earth. I so, like many others do, admire those people who serve their lives for a greater purpose. Best wishes to you and your family.

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