Tuesday, June 10, 2008

T-shirt quilt

This past week I finished another T-shirt quilt for a customer. She was the most organized person. She had a picture of her daughter wearing every T-shirt in the quilt-and there were 29 of them! She wanted to have each picture with each T-shirt. I spent lots of time putting photos on fabric (I used June Taylor's Colorfast Fabric Sheets) and then onto the quilt. Most of the time, I just use the photo as is. But once in a while, the picture just called for it to be cut apart. (Don't worry--I only cut the fabric photo and leave the real photo intact. ) I like to use a high quality flannel as sashing and as backing and Warm and Natural batting. It made for a very heavy quilt! :) That's okay--they make warm and cozy quilts for the dorm.
One of the shirt had a really neat saying on it.."If you can imagine it, you can acheive it. If you can dream it, you can become it." I cut it apart and put it in the sashing strips and staggered them down the quilt. I try to use as many components and things off the T-shirts as I can. I cut off pocket logos, the sleeves, everything. I'll cut the basic T-shirt square (I use a 12 1/2" square up ruler) and then start adding things on top of the blocks and sometimes going into the sashings. I know some that will measure every T-shirt and graph it out, but I prefer this method and since I teach this class, it's a lot easier for beginning quilters to accomplish.

Another thing that beginner's struggle with is making the sashings line up if there are no cornerstones (little blocks in the sashings between rows). To avoid having your sashings not appear to be in line: Lay your row with the sashing right side down. Lay a ruler on the seam line, extending the ruler through the sashing and mark. When you add your next row of T-shirts, match the T-shirt/sashing seam with the mark on the long sashing and pin.


Nana's Quilts said...

Very cute! You must be having a great time, if you can blog AND do some sewing. Hardly more that a girl could want. I suspect that you are all cooking with the warm weather. Meanwhile, we are still wearing flannel shirts and jackets. Amazing. There was even snow over the week-end at the local ski area. (it should have quit weeks and weeks ago)

Happy vacation.

bingo~bonnie said...

What a great Tshirt quilt. I think this is the first I have seen with photos! So cool!!!

It will a treasure for her for many years and fun to look back at those pics. I love your idea for using that inspirational phrase T as the sashings! Great job to both you and the mom for planning a great quilt!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

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