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Thread: Kittie T-shirt quilt

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    I don't think I've quilted anything this year. Haven't really had the time or the motivation. Now I'm motivated and its not like a month before I have to get the quilt done.

    I had an idea a while back to do a quilt for myself made out of Kittie (the all-female Canadian heavy metal band) shirts. The idea came back to me when I was listening to their music in the car while reading the quilting catalog I got in the mail. Only I don't want to do the quilt for myself. I've been dating this guy for almost four months now and I hope it works out 'cause I really like him. So I want to get him something for Christmas, but every idea I had for a gift I wasn't 100% sure on. It was always "I think its nice, but will he think so too?" or "What if he has this?" or it just wasn't special enough. When I remembered the Kittie quilt I was like "That's the perfect gift! Its both our favorite band, we met on the Kittie forums, and I doubt he already has one lying around".

    Besides trying to find t-shirts (many of the shirts I'm trying to find are out of print), I'm not really sure how to go about making this. Jersey knit is a lot strechier than your typical quilting cotton. Should I use interface? Should I quilt with a larger seam? What are some other things I should know before tackling a quilt made out of t-shirts?

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    good luck on finding the right T shirts. Yes, you'll need to use a fusible interfacing to stabilize the t-shirts, but once that's on, you can add sashing, etc as in normal quilting. Different folks have favorite interfacing, so you need to decide which one to use. I'd suggest nothing heavy...you want the stabilized t-shirts to be approximately the same weight as the cotton you'll be using for sashing, etc.

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    I just PM'd you with instructions I did up for another member.

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    Here’s the image(s) of the quilt idea that I made in PhotoShop. I took the images of the t-shirts and put them in with borders and lattice to get an idea what the quilt would look like. With PhotoShop I was also able to get the whole quilt in scale. I did have to censor a few t-shirt images for posting purposes. I’m sure you can guess which one had the bad word in it and the others are maybe just a tad bit too graphic or vulgar for some…afterall, all female or not, these are shirts from a heavy metal band.

    I’m guesstimating the final measurements (basing it off my own Kittie shirt). With 1” sashing and 4” borders the quilt comes out to 83x83”. Seems like a lot, but Tim is over 6 feet tall. If I took out a row of shirts then it’d be too short for him. The numbers are subject to change when I actually get the shirts. Hopefully I can start buying on the next paycheck.

    I couldn’t really decide on what color to do for the borders and lattice. I originally was going to try it with red (Tim’s favorite color other than black), but it looked really garish. So I did the whole thing in grey. But then I did a deeper red and that actually doesn’t look half bad. Now I’m not sure what to go with. What do you think looks better?


    [IMG]http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...2_greycopy.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...A2_redcopy.jpg[/IMG]

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    No feedback on the color schemes?

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    I like both of the color schemes.

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    That would make a great Christmas gift.
    I like the grey one.
    Good luck getting all the shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FancyFoot
    That would make a great Christmas gift.
    I like the grey one.
    Good luck getting all the shirts.
    About half of them are currently sold on the official website so at least getting half of them should be a breeze. Had to kind of dig around for the other half

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat112000
    I like both of the color schemes.
    That's the problem...I like both of them, too. lol.

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    How about a small red border (around the whole thing), and then the gray, wider border? Use gray for the sashing around the squares.That would give color without being overpowering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    How about a small red border (around the whole thing), and then the gray, wider border? Use gray for the sashing around the squares.That would give color without being overpowering.
    I think that shade of red and that shade of grey together will look kind of muddy together. But if I use a brighter red that tiny little border will stand out too much like it did when I had used it for the whole quilt. And I'm thinking since the t-shirts have busy designs that I should have a simple, solid border.

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    Oh, I almost forgot! I've been trying to figure out if I should piece together my borders and sashing or buy longer pieces of fabric so I don't have to piece them together and have one continueous piece. ...if I'm not making sense on this let me know. But what do you think would be better or does it really matter? I never done borders and sashing before so I'm not really sure.

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    Well, tomorrow at midnight I get paid and I'll start the process of getting t-shirts. Going to get all the ones listed on the official website and this one that was selling on eBay (I hope its still there). I'll probably have to buy one for myself so I don't end up wanting to keep them all for myself! lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    How about a small red border (around the whole thing), and then the gray, wider border? Use gray for the sashing around the squares.That would give color without being overpowering.
    I like this idea too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    How about a small red border (around the whole thing), and then the gray, wider border? Use gray for the sashing around the squares.That would give color without being overpowering.
    I like this idea too.
    Like this?

    [IMG]http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...IDEA2_grey.jpg[/IMG]

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    PayPal finally got my desposit and I just did my first transaction on eBay and bought two Kittie shirts. I'm so excited! In two weeks I'll start getting in shirts to work with!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    But I'm gonna be sad when I get around to cutting them up. In particular, the older shirts that are harder to find and very rare to find them in new condition (kind of got lucky with these two). Hmmm, I think I'll have to buy a shirt for myself so I won't feel so guilty. ;)

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    Ooooh! I'm so mad right now! Swore a lot on the project journal I've been keeping on my computer. Guess I was channeling Kittie from their earlier days.

    I got an email today telling me one of my orders was canceled and refunded because they did not have the shirt in stock! Well if ya don't have it WHY is it listed on your website?! Ticks me off because it was an awesome shirt and it was one of the older ones, too (on the quilt pic, its the second shirt on the top row). Plus, if I bought all the shirts I found I'd only have one extra shirt to work with for this quilt...the extra one is a double sided one. So not getting that shirt is not a total loss because I have a back up and I'll still have an extra square so I'm not too panicked about it. If I loose any more shirts like this THEN I'll be screwed.

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    Update time!

    I have 7 shirts so far. 8 once I pay for one I got on eBay later today. One of the shirts is double sided so I'll have 9 out of 16 squares needed for this project.

    A couple of the shirts I originally wanted I couldn't get because they either weren't available in the first place or sold before I could place an order. Three shirts from the official Kittie website haven't been restocked yet so that kind of puts a damper on the project because without those I'm out 4 squares.

    I managed to snag a super ultra rare "Spit" shirt ("Spit" was the name of Kittie's first album). Being that it bears the image of their first album cover it has to be like ten years old. It was used, but it looked to be in good condition. And it was too good to pass up. So I bought it and decided if it wasn't in near perfect condition I'd just use it for myself. It looks almost as new as the other shirts (which are new). The only difference being its half a shade lighter than the other shirts. You can barely tell when you put it against another shirt so I think it will be impossible to tell once the borders are in place. So its going into the quilt!

    My boyfriend (who's getting this awesome quilt) started talking to me again after 3 1/4 months. I think I failed to mention that he wasn't talking. No, he wasn't being a total jerk. He's just been through a lot. The week he was supposed to come up here and hang out his cousin commited suicide. After that his dad got double ammonia, his liver failed, and had to be put on life support and had surgery done. Tim watched him die when his heart finally gave out. Not even two weeks after that they found out his step-dad's cancer came out of remission. Can't blame him for not wanting to be around anyone. This project got started after not hearing from him for six weeks and the only thing that happened was the suicide and his dad needing surgery. Gotta say I must have an extreme amount of faith. A guy doesn't call for three months and start thinking about making a quilt for him after a month and a half of no contact. When he called me he was worried I'd kick him to the curb from not calling for so long.

    Tim needs surgery on the 10th (seriously, how much crap can a person go through in four months?) and he'll be laid up for six weeks. So that means he's not getting this quilt on Christmas since he won't be able to do any major traveling. Earliest he can come up is January. That gives me at least one extra week to finish. Maybe if I play my cards right I can find a longarm quilter who specializes in t-shirt quilts and have it quilted by January. I figure if I get all the shirts by the end of this month I'll have enough time to piece the top together.

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