(Please note: There are more posts in this series about Bella's T-Shirt Quilt. I am making a quilt like Bella's. See the Sidebar on the right for list of related posts as I document my progress.)
Bella's T-Shirt Quilt: Finished Quilt Top
The quilt top is finished. The quilt has six rows of five 12" blocks as planned. It will finish as a nice size quilt to snuggle under while watching a Twilight movie.
I'd like to give another shout out to my friend Elizabeth for donating the In-and-Out shirt: the second shirt from the left in Row #6.
Row #6 has a lobster shirt in acknowledgment of the movie quilt. It's not a 3-headed lobster, but it's got a cute saying. I also a included a Forks shirt. I purchased these shirts new and then proceeded to cut them up. Craziness!
There are some big decisions to make:
1) Home Quilting vs. Professional Longarm Quilting
I have been in touch with a local quilter about the quilt. She seems to believe that the quilt can be quilted Edge-to-Edge which is the most economical professionally done quilting treatment. (I had to contact a new quilter as the one I used before has stopped taking quilts....) I haven't scheduled an appointment. I could also use another quilter I know, but she is typically significantly more expensive even for the simplest of quilting treatments even though I have a 10% discount card to be used for one quilt.
How much are we talking about? By my calculations, quilting would be at least $100.00. This doesn't include the batting I usually purchase directly from her. The thread is an extra charge, too.
I still have to buy backing fabric. I purchased shirts. Investment in this quilt would be about $250.00 not including my time (which really isn't a consideration because I quilt for the love of it and not a payday....).
The other option is to quilt this at home. My free-motion quilting skills are nearly non-existent. I never look forward to quilting quilts of this size on my home machine. The other option is to quilt some type of straight line design like a grid pattern. I would have the chore of basting the quilt before quilting which I've never cared for, too.
Do I want to use batting as a layer in this quilt? I have difficulty calling a quilt a quilt if it doesn't have batting as a layer--that's just me. Many of the T-shirt quilts I've seen online don't contain batting. If I do use batting and quilt on my machine, quilting will be like wrestling with an alligator.
3) What am I going to do with this quilt?
The poll ended with Giveaway. I discussed some possibilities in this post.
I don't know if I'm up to another one. More people would have to show some interest frankly for me to want to do one. I'm personna non grata many places and we're not established on any Twilight sites so it's difficult to get the word out. Except for a few close friends, no one seems to be interested in this little group.
The non-quilters out there may be confused my discussion about having someone else quilt for me. Aren't I a quilter? Why would I make a top and not quilt it? Well, that's a conversation that I would love to have, but in another entry....