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    Super Member Chasing Hawk's Avatar
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    I cleaned out the attic above the shop today. And found all my Harley t shirts. I want to make a quilt with them. Can someone point me in the right direction, perhaps a book I can get or a website.

    Thanks

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    Google "how to sew t shirt quilts" and take your pick of the directions online! :-D

    There are so many that you need to look and see which one you would prefer. :D

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    Tee-shirt quilts are easy to make because they have such big pieces. First you cut the front of the tee shirt bigger than the finished block size. Then you use fusible interfacing on the back of the whole piece, being careful not to melt the design on the front. I use a teflon applique pressing sheet under mine. Make sure it is fused on well. Then and only then, cut the teel shirt to the size block you want. There are books with ideas for layouts but mostly, you just start putting them together. You can use shashing between the blocks or just stitch the blocks together if you have enough to make the quilt the size you want.

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    Thanks, I should have enough shirts to make a king size quilt.

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    I definitely recommend using fusible tricot for the fusible interfacing. This is a soft knit fusible that doesn't make the t-shirt fabric too stiff. JoAnn's has small amounts of it but, for a king size quilt, it would be more economical to buy it online from a drapery supplier. This is where I bought mine:
    http://www.bblackandsons.com

    and here is a link to the product:
    http://www.bblackandsons.com/tricot-...-60-p-302.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I definitely recommend using fusible tricot for the fusible interfacing. This is a soft knit fusible that doesn't make the t-shirt fabric too stiff. JoAnn's has small amounts of it but, for a king size quilt, it would be more economical to buy it online from a drapery supplier. This is where I bought mine:
    http://www.bblackandsons.com

    and here is a link to the product:
    http://www.bblackandsons.com/tricot-...-60-p-302.html
    Thanks for the suggest and hint.

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    I have made 6 Harley T-shirt quilts. Here is how I do it:
    I use my 12 1/2" square ruler to cut out the imprint on front and back.
    I then fuse a 12 1/2" lightweight fusible interface on them so they don't stretch out of shape.
    For a queen size quilt I do 20 squares in the middle arranged 4 across 5 down with 2 1/2" finished size sashing (3" cut strips) between each square. I do cornerstones as well. So I end up cutting 3 x 12.5 for sashing. I sew on each side of square (or top and bottom) and then sew a 3" square cornerstone on each end of the 3 x 12.5 peices of sashing I have not sewn to the t-shirt square. I then make my rows. Row 1 3 and 5 have sashing around all 4 sides of squares. Row 2 and 4 only have the sashing between, nothing on top and bottom. I then sew these rows together. Then I take a complimenting strip cut 1.5 and do a narrow inner border (this is optional). I then take more T-shirt squares and sew them together with no sashing to make my outer border. If you don't do an inner border the quilt will take 7 12.5 squares sewn together for top and bottom and 8 12.5 squares for sides. If you do the inner border you will need to cut one wider square for each side to make up for the extra 2" you added with the inner border. I just completed a top recently that I have to sandwich and tie. I will try and get a picture of it on for you to look at. Harley T's make great T-shirt quilts because they have such great colorful imprints on them.

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    Oh yes, I forgot you have to use a pressing cloth at all times. The ink used on Harley shirts melts real easy if you put the iron straight on it. Always have a cloth inbetween T and iron.

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    I agree about the Harley shirts, I have a lot of nice ones with rather vivid colors on them. I would love to see your quilt when its done.

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    OK here is a picture of one I made several years ago for our HOG club. It's not a very good picture but you can get the basic idea. Also, I miscounted my border squares in my previous message. I sew the longer sides on first and without an inner border (like the one pictured) it is 6 12 1/2 squares sewn together with standard 1/4" border. I press these seams open. Then on the top and bottom it is 7 12 1/2 squares sewn together. This particular quilt, I had a couple of imprints that were narrow so I cut some at 6 1/4" (I think.). For T's that only have a back imprint and a pocket or small breast design I use those small ones for the cornerstones. Also a lot of the "girly" Harley shirts only have a tiny little imprint of the dealer name and maybe a tribal looking design. I also use those for cornerstones.

    2006 harley T shirt quilt
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    PS I tie my T-shirt quilts because normally I use fat bat so they are more like a comforter. I tie them with 3 strands black embroidery floss every 3"

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    her is mine..what a pain it was to quilt, i ended up taking out all the stippling, re cutting it, making it into a rag quilt!

    I used the wrong fusable stablizer, and the wrong batting too. i made this beofre i knew anything! it worked out fine in the end..i will see if i have a picture of it, once i ended up ragging it..

    Before i quilted it..
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    Great looking quilts. I think my Harley quilt will be a project for next winter. I have several projects ahead of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Google "how to sew t shirt quilts" and take your pick of the directions online! :-D

    There are so many that you need to look and see which one you would prefer. :D
    thanks for that.

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    This is how I made a T shirt throw. I didn't look up any instructions. First, I determined the T shirts I wanted to use. Second, I determined which logo (or whatever is on the t shirt) was the largest. Third, if it was larger than I wanted to make my block, I decide how I could use it and not mess up the logo or choose another one. Fourth, considering the largest of the logos, I measured it out for a square, leaving some of t shirt only for "framing". Fifth, I cut cotton muslin the size of the block of the t shirt, (because t-shirts are not usually on grain and also stretch) Putting the t-shirt under the square of muslin, I then cut the t-shirt to fit the muslin, and pinned it just enough to keep things together. Even one or two pins in the center of things. If I remember correctly, I put a narrow sashing between them. The for backing, I used a "sweat shirt", cut it in such a manner as to have the logo either in the center or top half, or bottom half. I pillow cased it. and Wa La T-shirt throw.
    I did this for an auction for a private school to raise funds. I had one t shirt for each grade up to the ninth, 10th, 11, 12, had not happened yet. At the auction it sold for $400. Remember this was a fund raiser for a school. There was room on the back to put the other three years as they happened. Good Luck. I hope you find some clue herein to help. I'd appreciate an update. Silvia

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    What do you use for backing fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    OK here is a picture of one I made several years ago for our HOG club. It's not a very good picture but you can get the basic idea. Also, I miscounted my border squares in my previous message. I sew the longer sides on first and without an inner border (like the one pictured) it is 6 12 1/2 squares sewn together with standard 1/4" border. I press these seams open. Then on the top and bottom it is 7 12 1/2 squares sewn together. This particular quilt, I had a couple of imprints that were narrow so I cut some at 6 1/4" (I think.). For T's that only have a back imprint and a pocket or small breast design I use those small ones for the cornerstones. Also a lot of the "girly" Harley shirts only have a tiny little imprint of the dealer name and maybe a tribal looking design. I also use those for cornerstones.

    2006 harley T shirt quilt
    Name:  Attachment-67304.jpe
Views: 715
Size:  86.8 KB

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