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Thread: Working on a tshirts quilt

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    Senior Member barking-rabbit's Avatar
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    Working on a tshirts quilt

    I let my daughter cut her tshirts up without instructions. Now I have many different size pieces. I figured out how to do it without using interfacing. I made sure I got the straight of grain the same in all the pieces. I do plan on putting a tshirt fabric border on it and maybe stabilize that. I am backing it with flannel and tying itb
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    The cat, Monkey, did not want to get off the quilt. She was sitting where there was a space to sew a block in. She went all "ninja" on me scratching and biting. I think I used about 40 shirts from my daughter's unicycle competition days.
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    Live and learn. But the quilt will be fine. Monkey seems to love it. I know we will be too when you send a picture of the finished quilt. I made three t-shirt tops before I learned about stabilizing the shirts before cutting. The first two that I made were hand quilted combined with tying. It's still in use almost daily for sixteen years. The second one was quilted by machine stitching in the ditch on the sashings and hand stitched around the logos. The last one is still a top and UFO. It will be tied. The last one I did was stabilized and sent out to a LA for quilting.
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    This setting uses different size blocks. Each one has a border on two sides with a small square of the background at the top and bottom. you can make that 'shadow' any size as long as they are all the same. A few I put a tiny grey border around before the shadow to add a bit of contrast. Then its just a puzzle to see where it all fits.
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    Just be careful and use plenty of pins. T-shirts are still KNITS which will stretch even if you cut them straight of grain. If Monkey likes the quilt, I am sure everyone in your family will love it. Good Luck !!
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    Every t-shirt quilt I've made I have used interfacing...Makes the blocks much easier to handle and sew. My first two quilts I stitched-in-the-ditch to quilt. I have had the others done by a long-arm quilter, and any others I will do the same. (My own machine does well with the quilting, but I'm limited for space and can't leave the machine set up long in one place.)
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    Funny I am currently working on a t shirts quilt for my DD, I used interfacing, and I have so many different size blocks my head was spinning. It has taken me 3 full days to work this out and that's after I had ironed the interfacing on. Soccertxi your quilt is beautiful mine is.........well not beautiful but it's what she wants. She also wants it fluffy and tied not quilted so that is what she will get. I have two more sets of shirts to sew on and the top is done. I'll have to make one more for my other DD but I think I'll give it some time this one was a pain in my patootie!

    Good luck Barking Rabbit I used about 60 shirts going all the back to kinndergarten all the way to her graduation from college. It's kind of a hot mess but she will love it.
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    I made my granddaughter a t-shirt quilt. Didn't have any fusible interfacing so I ironed freezer paper on the back, then cut out my blocks and added borders then removed the freezer paper. Worked like a charm.
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    My son gave me a big bin full of Tshirts that he wants me to put in a quilt. Trouble is I can't get him to narrow the number of shirts down to a reasonable amount. All the motifs are big (he is a big WWII aviation fan-he works on the real ones in his job) so I am really limited on the number of blocks I can use without the quilt becoming humungous. He suggested making it two-sided to use more of the tshirts but I think it would weigh a ton to do it that way.

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    I know a couple of long armers who quilted double sided tshirt quilts. OH MY GOODNESS! They were SO heavy! how about two quilts? I think even tieing would be a bear.Maybe show him a few layouts and give him sizes to shoot for.
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