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20-Panel T-shirt Quilt

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Retro / Vintage, Classic, Traditional
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What materials did you use? T-shirts and flannel sheets for the borders & backs. Quilt batting.

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What are you most proud of? I have made over 75 t-shirt quilts for customers, the feedback has been positive and encouraging. I'm happy to give people a way to tell their "t-shirt stories!"

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Before you cut the shirts, iron them with starch. Using starch gives the knit fabric some rigidity that makes the cutting & sewing easier and more consistent. I buy starch by the gallon and mix my own spray solution...three parts water to one part starch.

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I want to make the perfect tshirt quilt and some lap quilts in my son's memory. He passed away on July 1, 2013, at the age of 25. He was very musical and loved concerts, and the great outdoors. I have about 50-75 concert t shirts to start my project. Am so nervous that I will screw this up. I've cut each tshirt into 16" squares, and have backing on them. Help me to get over my fear of putting these together?? Thank you!

02/18/2014 Flag

I'm so sorry that I didn't get back to you sooner. I think that a memory quilt would be a very special way to remember your son. I hope by now you have started on your project. It's a simple block quilt, and will go together beautifully, I'm sure. My secret to success is spray starch. If you starch the blocks before you start sewing, it helps to stabilize the fabric and make sewing so much easier. Be sure to use a ballpoint needle, which makes sewing knits so much easier.

05/25/2015 Flag

My granddaughter wants me to make her one from her school t shirts all the years ..where can I get this pattern?

04/12/2015 Flag

To make the t-shirt quilts, I usually cut the shirts in a 12 1/2" block. You can buy these templates at any craft store. In a pinch, you can use a record album cover as your template (that's what I used for my first quilt!). My biggest helpful hint is to spray each shirt with spray starch. The spray starch will stabilize the knit fabric, and make cutting and sewing so much easier!

05/25/2015 Flag

How many blocks would you use for a queen size quilt. I have a ton of my niece's shirts to make her one and want to know how many I need to choose for a quilt to fit her bed. I may also have enough for a throw for her as well.

05/28/2015 Flag

I cut the blocks in 12" squares, and then add a 6" border. You can make the border any width that you would like, so that it can fit a queen-size bed. The mattress for a queen-size bed is 60" x 80", so you can do your calculations based on those dimensions.

06/21/2015 Flag