Let me tell you a little story…
Once upon a time, I had a big pile of T-shirts, and so I decided to make a T-shirt quilt with them. I cut them, interfaced them (and learned in the process that I should have interfaced them first!), and pieced them together with black sashing. It turned out that the quilt was enormous. So I used a king-sized flat sheet (clearance from Bed Bath & Beyond) as the backing and made a quilt sandwich with batting. This was back in 2007.
The quilt languished, because I really didn’t want to tie it (I was afraid the ties would be distracting from the T-shirt designs), and machine quilting was prohibitively expensive for such a large quilt. We moved to NY. I made–and finished– another T-shirt quilt (a smaller one) for my brother.
Fast forward to November 2011… I was seriously nesting, and so I finally decided that I needed to get this quilt going again. I tied it (knot tails on the back, matching the embroidery floss ties to the color on the front) while I was 8 months pregnant (not an easy feat!). Turns out tying the quilt looked just fine after all. I even made binding and machine-stitched it to the front…
And the quilt languished again. Hand-stitching the binding to the back was not high on my priority list at that point! The quilt got used quite a few times in spite of its not-quite-finished state (it’s perfect for guests using our air mattress!), but I was ashamed that it wasn’t finished! We moved to MD. My mom started hand-stitching the binding while she was visiting in mid-December.
Once that getting-started hurdle was overcome (thanks, Mom!), I decided this quilt REALLY needed to get finished. Really, truly finished. So on our travels over the Christmas holidays, I stitched and stitched in the car. (Thanks, Husband, for driving!!)
Lo and behold– the quilt is finally finished!!
it took me long enough…
P.S. Thank you, tall Husband, for standing on our bed and holding the quilt as high as you could so that I could get that photo!!