This mini quilt is quite a long term WIP. I've instagrammed it quite a bit, but I don't think I've ever blogged about it before. I had a print t-shirt from Karen Walker which I really loved, but which really never fitted me well, and I've been planning to use it in a quilt somehow for a while. The need to make something for my blanket stitch appliqué class at Nancy's Embroidery gave me the perfect opportunity.
This was quite a good way to use a cotton knit fabric in a quilt. The fusible webbing stabilised the t-shirt fabric quite well, and the fact that it's not part of piecing meant that the stretch didn't really matter. I don't know that I'd recommend using something highly stretchy for this technique, but this 100% cotton not very stretchy fabric was totally fine.
Overall, I'm happy with this mini, although it is really far from perfect. When I made my AHM All Day Mini Quilt, I stitched the orange peels in a more traditional fashion, with the points in the centre and the corners. If you press two diagonal lines across your fabric, you can line the petals up really neatly, so that when you stitch the different squares together, all the points meet nicely. For this version, I stitched the petals in ring shapes, and I tried to get the positioning right by pressing my background squares into quarters. However, things didn't line up as nicely and not all my points meet where they should - oops! That's what happens when you experiment sometimes, and I'm happy to show my students what not to do!
I was thinking about quilting this to make the petals really pop out, but I ran out of time (and patience) in the end and simply quilted in the ditch. I had some difficulty picking a binding for this mini, but in the end went for a white linen fabric with a subtle silver print which matched the white thread I used for the appliqué nicely.
Have you tried experimenting with your quilting lately? How did it work out for you?
Finished Size: approx 16" by 16"
Fabric: Essex Linen in Natural, Karen Walker t-shirt
Backing: Essex Linen in Natural
Binding: unknown white linen with silver print
Pieced and quilted by: me