A great project for this time of year, when you're snowed in and the kids are off from school, is to make a T-shirt quilt like the one seen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Keep reading for how-to instructions for a variety of methods for different sewing skill levels.
Quilts are the real immortals. I have one made my great and great-great grandmother that protects my niece and goddaughter when they stay over.
One of the summers I was a Girl Scout camp director, my staff made me a quilt with each person decorating a square in puffy paint. The sashing is a print with smiley-faces, something I'm known for. I would wear smiley-face pajama pants, bandana and socks. To work. As the boss. ;-)
One of the great additions by the production designers to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was the quilt Renee makes for Bella out of their old trip T-shirts as a high school graduation present. By the way, will the phrase "Congraduation!" catch on this year?
The quilt is a clever prop, reminding Bella of the human life she's spent so far with her mother and just how much she's about to give up by becoming a vampire and never seeing Renee again.
Renee: I just figured, you know, when you get older, have kids, we could add to it, maybe go visit the world's largest ketchup bottle or something.... I just thought you should have a little piece of me up there in Alaska.
Later on in the film in Bella's bedroom, the quilt underscores Bella's discussion with Edward as to what to tell people, why she won't be home for Christmas -- ever again. It's definitely a thought that gives me pause, especially this time of year.
As explained in the Blu-Ray/DVD/iTunes Special Features, the quilt for the film took over 400 hours to produce. The T-shirts were designed especially for the film, ordered and aged. Here are a couple of stills from the documentary so you can get a closer look:
It won't take you 400 hours, though, to make your own because you already have the T-shirts. Aside from souvenir T-shirts, you could assemble a quilt from scouting t-shirts and include the patches on sashing inbetween the T-shirt squares. Check out http://www.tshirtquilt.com for an example. You can make these quilts in nearly any size from a blanket or lap throw to a full-size bedspread. Here are links to how-to articles and patterns:
If you prefer a video, there is a great four-part series on You Tube on using a sewing machine and using the T-shirt quilt project as a beginner's quilting project:
Don't want to make your own? There are a ton of companies out there that will make a quilt from your T-shirts. Most run about $10/square! But Shannon, at Twilight Quilter's Coven has offered to make a quilt for anyone for $100. Yet another reason to love Twilighters, some of the most generous people you'll ever meet.
Shannon kept a log while she made a Twilight T-shirt quilt so you can imitate her beautiful work as well. And check out the other beautiful Twilight quilts while you're visiting the Web site.
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