T-shirt quilt

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Casual on

What materials did you use? t-shirts, batting, cotton thread, cotton fabric on

What are you most proud of? I spent hours and hours and hours and days!!! putting all the cut pieces into a pleasing design on the living room floor. Finally I found a way to use the Numbers program on my iMac to help the design process. I used the insert function to add squares, which I then manipulated to mini blocks at a tenth the size of the real pieces. I then colored them and put mini logos, text, and arrows to show which direction the action was occurring. This was the key to getting a final design that met all the criteria I had set: largest pieces on the outside, as few long straight lines as possible, a good spread of the main colors, action pieces 'moving' toward the center, and most especially, no 4 corners meeting at the same place. Also, I learned out to piece odd size pieces together using the partial seaming technique. on

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Start with clean, really clean, t-shirts. Be careful cutting out the design, cutting out as largely a possible. Iron smooth, then use the templates to rotary cut the designs. (I marked mid-lines and diagonal lines on the templates; this helped to center the designs before cutting.) Cut horizontal and vertical designs for an interesting assortment. The quilting possibilities are endless. on

Very cool, you did a great job. I love the back. What did you use to stabilize the knit fabric?

05/25/2012 Flag

Nothing. T-shirt fabric sews really smoothly and evenly. The key is to iron it smooth and flat. The seams are standard 1/4 inch. In fact, I was extremely satisfied with the piecing process, and in some ways it was even easier than sewing regular cotton fabric.

05/25/2012 Flag

Oh, and I did use a needle with a very sharp point designed to sew knit fabrics. I think that was a huge help also.

05/25/2012 Flag

Thanks for the tips. I may do this as a lap quilt for my husband, for his Birthday this year. Maybe use a flannel for the backing with no batting (we live in CA, it doesn't get that cold).

05/25/2012 Flag

Fantastic tshirt quilt!!! I love how you laid them out

05/26/2012 Flag

Thanks! I had to resort to making little miniatures of each block so i could manipulate the blocks on the computer screen vice on the floor to come up with a cohesive design that I really liked.

09/20/2012 Flag