Run Cara Run – a Finished Quilt


And she is a big one!

Way bigger than my fence. Thirty shirts and sashing combined to make a king size quilt worth snuggling under. {Seriously. With a flannel back, this sucker weighs a ton.}

The pattern is subtle – the outside is alternating lights and darks, and the inside is a staggered rainbow.

I *love* this guy built out of running words. {And the sponsors. But whatever. He’s still cool.} And that brings me to the fun part of this one! Cara mentioned something about “grey on the inside, red on the outside.” I took the idea and ran with it {pun absolutely intended} – sashed grey with red cornerstones on the inside, and red with grey cornerstones on the outside. And then I scored red and grey chevron binding to bring it to perfection. I love it when things are just so slightly different!

Chevrons are both Riley Blake, binding is Wilmington Prints.

Can’t resist quilting in a hidden Mickey. And hey – I was at that race!

I also snuck in her Marathon Maniacs number…

…and her Half Fanatics number. I really think they ought to number the Double Agents, too – I’d like to see how many truly insane people there are. {Even though Marathon Maniacs can become Half Fanatics just by training runs.}

The rest of the quilting is loops and stars, a good allover pattern that doesn’t distract from the t-shirts.

Two that I had to put side by side – I ran the half at Little Rock in 2013. In fact, I was wearing my Little Rock shirt when I opened the box and started sorting. Which makes me think I’m the only person who actually wears their race shirts all the time.

And seeing OKC always makes me smile. I thought that all but one of my t-shirt quilts had an OKC shirt, but I don’t think either of the first two did, even though I know Amy and Dolores both ran it. Several times. Because that’s what you do when you live in Oklahoma.

The backing is bright pink shoes flannel. And I even cut them so the shoes would be going to same direction! Planning is a good thing. 😉

As an added bonus, she sent a shirt that wouldn’t fit no matter what I tried – at 20″, it was just too big. So I made it into a pillow cover.

Seriously. She’s massive. 87×104″

My ALYOF goal, and on the FAL list, too!

8 thoughts on “Run Cara Run – a Finished Quilt”


Holy cow… WHAT. A. QUILT. That’s huge!!! And perfect.

Cara Stephens

Absolutely amazing. I love it!! Thank you so much


Love this quilt. The chevron sashing was inspired. But I bet it is heavy. I made an Eskimo Joe’s Anniversary T-shirt quilt and it has to be cold for us to sleep under it.


Wow! That really was a big job! Binding alone would have taken me hours!

Jennie Pofahl Tracy

The chevron sashing is so cool, and the modified rainbow worked really well. Great job!

Lori Barbely

Love it! And I actually wear my race shirts – at least the short sleeve ones. Because Florida.

Jasmine Creates

I love how you used the sashing and cornerstones. What a great quilt.

Sue Bone

Love the backing

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