my ex libris summer challenge with accuquilt and a t-shirt ~

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hi there y’all ~  happy first of july!

here is a fun, fast project i played with earlier this week.  a very summery, bright and #piecebaby t-shirt.  i’m happy with how it turned out, and even better… it’s something i will enjoy wearing, too!

i purchased the t-shirt from a local quilt shop and one of my favorite bernina shops too ~ the sewingpalacebernina.com in helena montana, {where i will be teaching a collage class july 29th and 30th this month ~ yay~}  i thought this t-shirt with the bright pink ‘#piecebaby’ hashtag appealing, and was inspired by their challenge/contest to create a very simple entry.

read on below to see how i did this… in less than an hour! 

 i began by fusing the ex libris panel {by fabric designer alison glass} to steam-a-seam2 lite.

 i then took that fused panel, and placed it on my accuquilt “GO!” using the dresden plate die with the rounded edges:

 i cut the little tabs off the side of the pre-fused pieces, and then placed them how i wanted them on the front of the t-shirt, and once happy with that placement, i ironed them.

next, i took a fusible batting {from OESD} and fused this soft, lightweight batting to the BACK of the t-shirt. that will give me a good base of stabilized fabric to free motion quilt on.  i used a 90/14 topstitch needle too… even on this knit fabric, and it worked great.

then, with magnifico {100% polyester thread} and masterpiece cotton on the bobbin, both from superior threads.com, i free motioned in a very loose edgey style, around each of the dresden plate motifs, going around it twice.  no need to get caught up in perfect… just get it done, and have fun doing it!

i cut away the excess fusible fleece once i was finished quilting… and then

done!

the OESD product i used is known as a “Cut-Away” variety of stabilizer, and this particular one is “fusible fleece.”  it works like a charm in it’s ease of use, and it’s very soft against one’s skin, too, so it’s perfect for wearables.  and… it’s very much a staple of stabilizers in my sewing studio  {that was not only a mouthful to say, but a challenge to type!}

  fun… fast… and very summery… 
and wearable in a quick hour or less!  
this would be a fun design on a white t-shirt in random prints…a flag or a flower…
of
red.
white.
and blue.
guess i’d better go shopping for a white one!


have a wonderful fourth of july!
be blessed
xo
soli deo gloria
leslie


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