"She seeks wool & flax, And works willingly with her hands" ~ Proverbs 31:13

February 5, 2018

Rock Legends Cruise T-shirt Quilts {3 Cruises - 3 Quilts - 3 Finishes}


As I prepared to write this post on my latest finish, a T-shirt Quilt for Native American Heritage Association's Rock Legends Cruise, I realized I had failed to share the quilts from the previous two cruises.


After the whirlwind finish of two quilts at the beginning of 2015 the Association contacted me about the possibility of making another quilt for the 2016 cruise (Rock Legends Cruise IV), of course my answer was yes. I had enjoyed making the first two so much and it was for such a great cause I couldn't say no. Click HERE for info on the Native American Heritage Association and HERE for info on the Rock Legends Cruise, with proceeds going to support the Native American Heritage Association.



Just as with my previous Rock Legends Cruise T-shirt Quilts I used the "Too Cool T-shirt Quilt" method of construction. If I have my choice it's the only method I'll use for all the  T-shirt Quilts I have the privilege to make.

 I hear you out there, asking, "What is it I like so much about this method?" first the fact that there is no need for adding a stabilizer to the back of the T-shirts, which saves a bunch of time and money. Best of all with no stabilizer the quilt is wonderfully soft and cuddle worthy.  Secondly the fact that each block is custom cut to the design so that no design is cut off and lost and small designs aren't left floating in a huge square of fabric. In my humble opinion it's simply the best T-shirt Quilt method out there.

On the design wall - working out the puzzle and the partial seams.

I hear you protesting, "But look at all those partial seams, aren't partial seams hard to do!?!"

Not difficult at all. They just take a little forethought and some planning. Probably the biggest thing is figuring out the order of your seams, making sure to pay attention to which seams you need to leave open until later. On those seams leave a couple of inches or so open so that when the other seams are sewn together you've got room to come back and finish up the seams as you go.


 When it comes to quilting I choose to custom quilt in and around each t-shirt design. Then after custom stitching each design I go back and do a medium meander across the open areas between the designs.



Finished December 2015 for Rock Legends Cruise IV - January 2016

Quilt Name: "Rock Legends Cruise IV T-Shirt Quilt"
 Finished size: 64" x 72""
Pattern Method: "Too Cool T-shirt Quilts"
Batting: Heirloom Premium Batting 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using my Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875Q


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Rock Legends Cruise V - 2017 at the Fundraising Auction during the cruise

 When I'm handed the box of T-shirts for the next quilt I always feel a surge of anticipation and excitement, as if looking at a blank canvas ready for those first brush strokes.  I start with washing and drying all the T-shirts to remove any sizing, loose dyes or allergens that might be an issue while working on the blocks. Then out come the rulers.  I absolutely love this set of rulers ranging in size from 4.5" square to 16.5" square with the ability to combine the rulers for larger blocks when needed.

The best investment I've ever made for making T-shirt quilts



Layered and ready to pin

Quilting with my Artistic Quilter SD18. Love this machine!!


Finished January 2017 for Rock Legends Cruise V - January 2017

Quilt Name: "Rock Legends Cruise V T-Shirt Quilt"
 Finished size: 72" x 80""
Pattern Method: "Too Cool T-shirt Quilts"
Batting: Heirloom Premium Batting 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using my Artistic Quilter SD18
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Finished January 2018 for Rock Legends Cruise VI - February 2018


Quilt Name: "Rock Legends Cruise VI T-Shirt Quilt"
 Finished size: 76" x 84""
Pattern Method: "Too Cool T-shirt Quilts"
Batting: Heirloom Premium Batting 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using my Artistic Quilter SD18

 If you're interested in having a soft, cuddle worthy T-shirt Quilt made from your T-shirts send me an email to info@littlepinkrose.com and we can discuss creating a treasured quilt just for you.

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my quilting journey!
Happy Quilting and God Bless,
Marcia



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