After Dad died, I took all his shirts and made Mom a quilt for Christmas. Since then I've been working on quilts for my brothers. Last Sunday I surprised my brothers with their quilts.
I had planned to give them their quilts for Father's Day, but I was so close to finishing that I decided to surprise them early. Mom ironed the backing to the t-shirts to prevent them from stretching while we sewed. The girls helped me quilt the top and bottom together. It was the first time they used a sewing machine so it was fun for them to learn and help. These were truly family projects.
I had some reservations about doing so much of the work on a sewing machine. I've always hand-sewn everything when I quilted. The problem now is my wrists hurt a lot from being on the computer all day. Even with wrist braces there's pain by the end of the day. The sewing machine made it easier to continue quilting and created a strong quilt than the ones I hand sewed.
The final products were wonderful, if I do say so myself. I was thrilled with the quilts and my brothers were too. Now I get to work on my quilt. Three down and one to go.