My oldest daughter took me up on an offer to make a quilt out of favorite old t-shirts. Only she didn’t come with t-shirts – she came with FLAGS from her days in the high school band in Color Guard. (You know, the girls who dance with the flags in between the marching instrument players of the band?!) So this bag of very colorful nylon parachute type material has been sitting in a bag in my studio for a week or two and this weekend I finally decided to just start working and see what happened.
First I ironed fusible interfacing to the backs of the flags – these things are BIG. And they were not completely flat. Or clean. There are places where you can see a muddy heel print…that will have to just be part of the memories! The ironing took some time; which gave me time to think about how I would approach the next step. I decided to cut them into 11″ blocks. Why 11″? I wanted 10″ blocks, but figured I needed more than 1/4″ seam allowance since this isn’t quilting cotton! I used an overlock stitch to completely secure the pieces together and the first side turned out well!
Since I ended up with 40 11″ x 11″ blocks, there will be two sides to this quilt, which provides a chance to split up the colors. This side (above) is all warm neutrals. Today I’m working on piecing the second side…bright red, orange & turquoise!