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Thread: How do you piece a tshirt quilt of different sized blocks???

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    How do you piece a tshirt quilt of different sized blocks???

    I'm stumped! I'm making a quilt for my grandson from his lacrosse penneys, jerseys, t-shirts, etc. The pieces from each of the shirts are all different sizes, so it won't work to have traditional rows and columns. I've looked on line and seen tons of these kind of quilts. In many of them I can see they added to the main pieces until they actually did have even rows or columns or built them into sub blocks that would fit together. However, I can't figure how they pieced some of them. Below is a link to one I couldn't figure out. Scroll down a ways to see the quilt. Can anyone explain how it's done? Thanks.

    http://justblenda.blogspot.com/2010/...need-pins.html

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    I cut shorts in any number that was divisible by 3 (plus 1/2 inch seam allowance. For example, I would cut a shirt 9 1/2 by 6 1/2 and another 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 and another 3 1/2 by 12 1/2 etc. I cut a ton of shirts based on the size of the shirt design. Then I moved them around until they fit together. I will see if i can find a pix.
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    Great idea! Thanks. I notice that you managed to keep each block (or multiple blocks) in each column the same width. I don't know if I can finesse that. But I'll try! I like your quilt, too!

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    I added fabric to each T-shirt until they were the same width and then sewed columns. The shirts are all from bicycle events, so I used a bicycle print for the sashing. This is the front and the back.
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    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    You could arrange the shirts the way you want them and any gaps just put in fabric to fit. You could print his name, name of school, year or event, etc. on the strips of fabric.

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    If the blocks aren't uniform in size, maybe using fabric from the backs of the t-shirts to create a border.... then they could be however big you want.

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    Hey, I see a few from Colorado, where I live! I have been thinking about that. On many of the shirts there is quite a bit of fabric left I could use. I've also got a few pair of the wild lacrosse shorts that I could use. I really love the bike material you used in the sashing. Like you did, I plan on piecing both the back and front. I'll use his numbers on the back. Thanks for the tip!

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    I saved this diagram from Pinterest awhile back thinking it would be handy if I ever did a tshirt quilt
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    There are several ideas for layouts on this site. I particularly like the wonky one.


    http://quiltersdiary.com/design-a-be...t-shirt-quilt/

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    I did one (still a UFO) for my daughter... will try to find the link I used. You measured them all, then drew them on graph paper and rearranged until you liked it. I have found that it used a lot of "short seams" that were more challenging to sew together (there weren't a lot of long straight seams) but I liked that it used "frames" to make it cohesive

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