A Million Steps – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt


An appropriate name for a t-shirt quilt, don’t you think? I did a tiny bit of research and the average-ish number of steps in a marathon is 50,000. So one million steps is only 20 marathons. {Only!!} I’d say this group of t-shirt definitely represents at least that!

These are mostly from the New York / New Jersey / Philly area, which is where I grew up. But I haven’t done any of my fifty states over there yet, so I’m always looking at shirts for good designs. {Because running races is allllll about the shirts and medals, you know?}

She’s a Half Fanatic, Marathon Maniac, and Double Agent {member of both.} And this was my first time working with shirts that someone else made {the sparkly HF/MM/DA and the Rebecca 26.2} – they stick very well.

I quilted it in loops and flowers, and a hidden Mickey in one of the Disney shirts. I forgot to take a picture of that because it was very cold. And snowing. Ugh. I’m so over winter.

See? Way too much snow. The backing is “just” a Joann’s flannel, but it was mostly out of stock everywhere. I was about to send my mother, my friend in Florida, and the customer on a mission to each get a couple yards, when the customer found it on Etsy. Whew! She was perfectly okay with waiting to get the backing she wanted, so I ordered it and we waited! {The Etsy shop had very fast shipping, actually. It was delayed – big surprise – by the post office.}

I loooooooooove the binding. I pulled out a bunch of my dark blues, but nothing looked right. So I went off to Joann’s, bought two more {because I can always absorb dark blue into my QOV stash} and she picked this one. It has just the right hints of red, pink, and aqua to blend with the front and the back.

80″ square

{And fully dried before it was sent off!}

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!Whoop WhoopNeedle & Thread ThursdayLet’s Bee SocialDesign Wall MondayWiP on WednesdaysOne Monthly Goal, Midweek MakersFinish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Finish Along {list}

7 thoughts on “A Million Steps – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt”


Very cool! That’s a lot of steps represented there. Love that backing fabric and the binding works really well. Congrats on a fun finish.


This is wonderful!


Very nice!!

Lynette Caulkins

That’s a really pretty set of shirts, the way the colors and graphics play with each other. love that backing – I’d wait happily for it, too. 🙂

The Joyful Quilter

Another beauty!! You always do such a nice job with these.


I love your puzzle quilts. This one looks great!


What a fabulous t-shirt quilt; and I love that binding! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF this week!

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