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Thread: Quilt Request from DIL

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    My DIL asked me to do a quilt for her using the clothes from the grandbaby. He's 18 mos. old now and the clothes are from his 1st year. She handed me a huge bag of clothes and wants blocks with the logos and embroidery on them. I'm at a loss as to how to even start this. She has a lot of confidence in me, but I have none. Could someone please help me? Thnks.

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    Not knowing what kind of fabric these clothes are made from, I'm sure some of them are kinda stretchy. I would just start by cutting them into squares with the logos and embroidery in the center. The stretchy ones I would maybe iron a lightweight stabilizer on the back. Then just start sewing blocks together. Maybe throw in a few pieced blocks.

    Hopefully others will chime in and give you some better ideas. :D :D :D

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    i'd start by handing the bag right back to her so SHE can cut them up into squares. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i'd start by handing the bag right back to her so SHE can cut them up into squares. :lol:
    That sounds like an excellent idea!
    That way, she will have the ones she wants included the most, and cut down on your frustration. She is being too vague and expecting a miracle. Probably bc she doesn't understand the process, but this will be a good starting point to learn from. :D
    P.S. be sure if she cuts them, that she adds a seam allowance.

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    LMAO!! :lol: :lol: :lol: I like your idea better Patrice. :D :D :D

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    I just got done putting together a quilt top of tee shirts.cutting out the "picture" from the shirt,(I just took a class) and ironed a lightwieght stabilizer to the back of each one,I framed each "shirt" with fabric,then put them together.I ended up with large blocks 12" each I think.but it came out really nice,just have to do sew the last row to the rest and the top is done.the most important thing is to try to make the squares all the same size if at all possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by azdesertrat
    I just got done putting together a quilt top of tee shirts.cutting out the "picture" from the shirt,(I just took a class) and ironed a lightwieght stabilizer to the back of each one,I framed each "shirt" with fabric,then put them together.I ended up with large blocks 12" each I think.but it came out really nice,just have to do sew the last row to the rest and the top is done.the most important thing is to try to make the squares all the same size if at all possible
    Maybe if you posted a picture it would help give purrfectbarb an idea. Yours sounds great azdesertrat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i'd start by handing the bag right back to her so SHE can cut them up into squares. :lol:
    I AGREE !!!!!!

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    Yep...I agree with Patrice.
    You could also have her sit with you and SHOW you what she wants done. That way, if you make something and it's not what she is wanting, then you can tell her that you did what she wanted.
    It's hard on us to make something when someone is as vague as your DD is being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i'd start by handing the bag right back to her so SHE can cut them up into squares. :lol:
    My thought, also. She obviously has no kind of clue of what's involved.

    :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by azdesertrat
    I just got done putting together a quilt top of tee shirts.cutting out the "picture" from the shirt,(I just took a class) and ironed a lightwieght stabilizer to the back of each one,I framed each "shirt" with fabric,then put them together.I ended up with large blocks 12" each I think.but it came out really nice,just have to do sew the last row to the rest and the top is done.the most important thing is to try to make the squares all the same size if at all possible
    What brand/type of stabilizer do you use? I made a t-shirt quilt and hated it since everything stretched out so much and was a pain. Obviously someone thought of a way to fix that, and I've had people ask about me making them t-shirt quilts, so the stabilizer would really really help.

    Thanks

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    I am working on a memory quilt and of course there were T-shirts! I used Pellon Iron on interfacing . They show on the plastic liner that it s to be used for interfacing in blouses etc. I used it on the t-shirts and it is less floppy but still soft. I liked the effect.

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    On the knit pieces, use a stabilizer meant for knits. After many failures with the Pellon-types, the best ones I found for general sewing with knits are Fusi-knit and French Fuse, which are both virtually the same-- a fusible tricot knit. Read the directions carefully so that you fully fuse the interfacing without scorching. It is usually available at my local Hancock's, but can also be found online. This product is very lightweight, but it does a great job of stabilizing without stiffness or bubbling.

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    I've been tossing around ideas for my mother's memory quilt. She's been gone almost 2 years already and I still haven't thought of a good pattern yet. Earlier, someone had the suggestion to mix the shirt pieces with pieced blocks. I think that would be cute. Someone else said to frame them in fabric and that would be good too...have to make sure it's not too busy.

    I would sit down with her and explain the process of piecing. Perhaps this is something you could talk about and cut the pieces together. She would be educated on the amount of time, patience, and thought go into just the idea of a quilt, before anything is cut and pieced. Perhaps with the two of you sitting down and working on it together, it has the potential to catch that contagious quilting bug, and two work on a first project with just the two of you.

    I see the potential for a wonderful combination of what you both could do together.

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    Thank you all for ur wonderful suggestions! My DIL told me today that she would like a twin size quilt. The problem is she lives in PA and I live in FL. We were visiting when she made the request, so I brought the bag home with me. I even had a nightmare about it last night. Oh well, I'll figure out something. Thanks also for the fusible suggestions. Most of the clothes are the little onesies in stretchy fabric. The grandbaby has more clothes than me! I actually was thinking of using the Crazy Eights pattern and then I could use logos and fabric. Not sure yet. Or a block with different fabrics in a frame around it.

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    For me, a LOT of my response and interest in the project would depend on how I was asked.

    Someone just tossing a huge bag of clothes at me would not be a good way to get things started.

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    If you're going to do the quilt for your DIL (and she's so far away from you), why not go for the Crazy 8 pattern. It's fun and she probably doesn't have any idea what is necessary--she just knows that you quilt :).
    Be as creative as you want and I'm sure they will be grateful. Obviously she already has faith in you :lol:
    Definitely stabilize though, or life will be horrible for you with all the stretching.
    If you want/need to bounce off ideas--do it on this QB there is so much expertise out here :) :) I love the inspiration I get from here.

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    Could someone send me a link to what a Crazy 8 pattern is? I google-image-d it online and there didn't seem to be a unifying pattern, or I'm missing it.

    I would suggest something simple for this quilt. Save the complicated patterns for when you have quilting fabric :)

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    Gotcha, thanks!

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    Ok, ordered the Crazy Eights pattern....wish me luck...I'll try to post a picture when and if it ever gets done.. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    Quote Originally Posted by azdesertrat
    I just got done putting together a quilt top of tee shirts.cutting out the "picture" from the shirt,(I just took a class) and ironed a lightwieght stabilizer to the back of each one,I framed each "shirt" with fabric,then put them together.I ended up with large blocks 12" each I think.but it came out really nice,just have to do sew the last row to the rest and the top is done.the most important thing is to try to make the squares all the same size if at all possible
    What brand/type of stabilizer do you use? I made a t-shirt quilt and hated it since everything stretched out so much and was a pain. Obviously someone thought of a way to fix that, and I've had people ask about me making them t-shirt quilts, so the stabilizer would really really help.

    Thanks
    I actually bought a bolt of lightwieght fusible stabilizer at Joanns,cuz she suggested 7 yards to make the quilt.I do believe it was Pellon,plus I had 40% off coupon .What we did in class is to put the shirt on the "sticky" side and the placed a very wet cloth on top of the logo and "pressed" not iron until the wet cloth was completely dry.what I used for my wet cloth was the back part of one of the t shirts.it worked really well,but is very time consuming.I had already cut out my logos to the size that I wanted,but you actually are not suppose to cut until the stabilizer on fused to the shirt because of the stretching,I was very lucky

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyoz
    Quote Originally Posted by azdesertrat
    I just got done putting together a quilt top of tee shirts.cutting out the "picture" from the shirt,(I just took a class) and ironed a lightwieght stabilizer to the back of each one,I framed each "shirt" with fabric,then put them together.I ended up with large blocks 12" each I think.but it came out really nice,just have to do sew the last row to the rest and the top is done.the most important thing is to try to make the squares all the same size if at all possible
    Maybe if you posted a picture it would help give purrfectbarb an idea. Yours sounds great azdesertrat.
    So here is the picture of the t shirt quilt,it is shirts from the Gaslight theatre here in town they do live plays every night and weekends,they are aesome and funny,if you ever come to tucson plan ahead and get tickets you won't be disappointed i guarantee it
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    My daughter has me make quilts out of her kids receiving blankets after they are too old to need them. Maybe you could suggest this to her?

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    i am also curious about the Crazy 8 and the lonk isn't working :?

    Ok found a working link, sorry

    http://www.createforless.com/Bits+n+...utm_medium=cse

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