This has been the year for T-Shirt quilts! Here’s the fourth t-shirt quilt that I’ve been commissioned to make. This 20 shirt quilt is for Steph, a recent high school graduate. Her mom brought me the shirts, Steph’s diagram for the layout and a general idea for fabric. Working at a quality quilt shop helps with fabric buying!
One of the things I love about making t-shirt quilts is using shirts with a some wear and tear, a stain or a little hole. Another thing is the product I use for the interfacing, Pellon Easy-Knit Fusible. A wrinkled and rumpled t-shirt will become smooth and pliable. The interfacing is a must when it come to quilting.
I often use a basic meander for t-shirt quilts but this one wanted a medium Swirl and Curl.
And I love quilting Swirl and Curl!
Here’s the 3rd quilt that I quilted after I got my longarm in 2004! Barbara of Rainbows and Calico Things quilt shop made it, using my son’s t-shirts left behind when he went off to college. The stars points are folded, which is fun dimensional accent but not fun to quilt with a longarm because the hopping foot gets caught!
The quilt was on display in the shop before I gave it to him for Christmas in 2005.
Are you making a t-shirt quilt? You can find more pictures of t-shirt quilts by scrolling down to the tag cloud and clicking on t-shirts.
T-Shirt quilts are wonderful keepsakes and fun to make. While making commissioned quilts is not a main part of my business, I’ve had the opportunity to make two memory quilts recently. I’m honored that they have trusted me with their late husband’s shirts, having faith in the end result.
Based on the shirts and initial interview, I approached each quilt differently. For Sandy’s12 shirt quilt, I used a colorful sports sashing with black cornerstones and black binding.
For Bunny’s 20 shirt quilt, I used narrow sashing and a wide border. The blank shirts are favorite polo shirts and a work shirt. I love that Bunny thought outside the box to capture a memory.
The shirts are backed with Pellon Easy Knit fusible, crossing the stretch of the shirt with the stretch of the fusible. Both quilts are finished with a basic simple meander, Quilter’s Dream poly select batting, Superior Threads So Fine 50 thread and stitching prayers of comfort and care.
Do you have a favorite setting for t-shirt quilts? Here’s a link to the first t-shirt quilt I made for my nephew’s high school graduation. Check out the sashing for special messages written in thread! For other t-shirt quilt posts, scroll down and click on t-shirts in the tag cloud.
Last year, I was honored to make a surprise Christmas present for a very special person. The t-shirts had two themes – clowning or The Hamburg Inn. Some of the shirts were one of a kind and rare!
A t-shirt quilt is a great way to “keep” those special shirts that you can’t throw away but no longer want to wear them.
I love the shirts that are very worn or have stains on them! Adds character!
Last summer, I quilted Julie’s quilt for her college bound daughter, Maggie. She choose a BQ3 pattern to set the t-shirts, which gives it a totally different look. The cow tail and small patches applied are a couple fun details, too!
Do you have a favorite T-Shirt quilt making method?
If you find yourself in Iowa City, IA, be sure to dine at The Hamburg Inn, it’s an experience you won’t regret or forget. Some people walk miles to enjoy their cuisine!
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I finally finished my sister’s T-shirt quilt and presented it to her today! In my usual style, I folded the quilt with the label facing out and wrapped it with the selvage edges from the backing fabric.
It wasn’t a surprise, but I didn’t tell her that I had finally finished it. I had some time today so I came to her work to give it to her. I love how it turned out!
Here’s part of the secret message label. I “wrote” in reverse on the front, a message only readable from the back.
Making and giving quilts is such a happy occasion!
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Spoiler Alert to my sister, Patty!
I’m still working on my Trash to Treasure Pineapple quilt but I got sidetracked this week with my sister’s T-shirt quilt. This is one of those projects that keeps getting set aside but now I’m determined to finish this “Loose End”! Patty helped me out this week by eliminating some of the t-shirts and they may end up in a second quilt!
So, I’m off and sewing! Because the t-shirt panels are various sizes, I’m making 4 vertical rows and building the smaller motifs to fit the row width. I love it!!
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