Once the dread Pellon was on, I did have a lot of fun with the piecing. I added denim saved from holey jeans...denim being the natural complement to the t-shirt. I used the WHOLE t-shirt, not just the fronts...I even used the sleeves. My son has a certain affinity for the Italian flag, so I worked that into the piecing. Though the quilt looks fairly random, it is, for the most part, 18 inch squares.
The plan was to tie the quilt...BUT, as it turns out, I really don't like to tie. I decided to do a mixture of different "ties." From the beginning the quilt included french knots, traditional ties, and "star" ties. However, even with the variety of ties, I quickly lost my steam and the project sat for about 5 months.
In October I drug the quilt back out again, this time determined to finish. I added a star, attached with a blanket stitch, and I decided to add my son's hand print, around which I chain-stitched...at this point I was about an eighth of the way done with the quilting, mostly in the bottom left hand corner, and still not very excited.
THEN, while cleaning out the garage, I found a large embroidery hoop I inherited from my grandmother! This was the game changer. I decided to add some hand quilting....and, as insane as it is, I really enjoyed the hand quilting.
I added more stars, more chain stitching, and more of all the ties. The more I did, the more I wanted to do and I fell in love with the project!
Most of the work I did on the quilt was in the evening after the children were in bed. One day my son made a suggestion that I add something of Star Wars to the quilt. I decided to add the Death Star, but kept it a secret. So the next morning when he woke up, I told him I added a moon to the quilt, just so I could hear him say, "that's no moon!" He appreciated my humor.
Even though tying is not my favorite, I could not resist adding ties around the mane of the lion.
He is really excited about the pockets on the quilt...one will definitely be used for "Rudolf".
I finished the binding on the quilt at about 11:55 last night...I really didn't want to have to change the date!
Not to worry, that's washable marker I used to write "Mama". I haven't washed the quilt yet. I can't wait to see it when it gets that kind of bumpy, lovely, "quilt" look to it after it has been washed. One last picture of the back...just so you can see all that handy work....