I finally finished! Sewing that is…with the machine! My quilt is all put together and I am so so happy with the results. I ran into a few problems finishing it up, but nothing new. Mostly, my needle kept unthreading and my lines weren’t lining up as I had to sew my rows back to back. It was frustrating to see it not be perfect lines when I finished a row, and I need to remind myself that this is my first project, it’s a huge project, and I have room for error since my seams will be hidden by the extra material.
All said and done, I’m incredibly happy with the results and now I only have to complete it by hand stitching all the corners! Because there is so much material in the corners of my t-shirts, I cannot sew over top so I have holes in the corners. Not a bad thing, as I made sure to reverse stitch on either sides but if I accidentally put my toe or finger through the quilt, it could tear and I don’t want that! I will need to hand stitch and knot the corners to make it stronger. Then wash it three or four times and I will have a completely finished t-shirt rag quilt!!
I’ve learned so much throughout this project, especially about myself and what I need in order to learn. I need time (chucks of it), and I need to do whatever it is in a way that makes sense logically to me, but I also need reassurance and quick feedback to make sure I’m actually on the right track. I learn well on my own, and I learn by example. It’s very interesting to me that I learn this way because I have always thought of myself as a “drill and practice” type of learner, so to find out that I actually am also a “visual” learner adds a cool dynamic to my learning style. Did you guys learn anything interesting about yourselves during this process? I find I learn completely differently/more dynamically now, but more to come about that next post!