Many thanks go to my friend Dana who put me onto the right stabilizer for this job. She steered me in the direction of the Pellon Shape-Flex SF101, which is available at JoAnn. As long as I was buying some, I wondered if it would work as a stabilizer for embroidery as well. Checking the reviews on Amazon, I discovered that it would. Cool beans.
There are several good YouTube videos that show you how to do this. The one I thought was the most helpful (and the least annoying) was this one:
If you can't see the video, click right here. She's using a different stabilizer from the one I'm using, but I trusted my friend Dana on this.
Okay, so having watched the video, I was ready to brave the blocks. I started with this one. The shirt was already cut, and I had a nice size piece to work with. I ironed the stabilizer to the back, and then cut it a half inch larger than I'll need it when I sew it into the quilt. I could probably just cut it to size now, but I felt better leaving myself a little breathing room.
For the second block, I had the whole shirt, and you can see that the insignia is only about an inch and a half away from the placket. That created a problem. To center the insignia, I'd have to cut the block too small.
The only way to do this was to cut the insignia as large as I could, and then sew a border around it to make the quilt block the correct size. I'd mulled over several ideas, but then I turned the shirt over and saw this on the back:
Then, I remembered that the Idyllwild school mascot was a mountain lion...and, duh, there's a mountain lion right in the middle of the insignia too. Well, that made it easy, and I knew exactly what to do. Here's the finished block.
So, phew! I used the remainder of the shirt to wipe the sweat from my brown. No t-shirts were destroyed during this process. Well...actually two t-shirts were destroyed, but the blocks were a success. You knew what I meant, didn't you?
And then...there were just two to go. When I counted the blocks at the start of this project, I counted 56. There were a few eensy-weensy little things Lisa sent me, but in the end, I decided not to use them, and I came up two blocks short. For one of them, I decided to cut a block from this school bus fabric I used as the back of a quilted wall-hanging.
Good enough. And for the final block, I made a small rendering of the Wonky Schoolhouse wallhanging I made for Lisa a couple of years ago. Here's the original wall hanging:
The original quilt ended up at 15 x 20 inches. Here it is reduced to make a 6 1/2-inch block.
And that, my friends, is that. Want to see what a stack of 56 quilt blocks looks like? Here they are:
In June, I'll sew these all together and quilt them, and this quilt will be on its way to Lisa.
Today I have an appointment with the eye doctor and then a couple of other little errands to run. I'm hopeful I'll have some time for more sewing this afternoon, and I'll work on a few more small projects.