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Thread: T-shirt quilts

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    Super Member LindaMRB's Avatar
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    Have any of you made one of these?
    My daughter wants one eventually and so we are saving favorites... Just wondering if there are hints for how, size to use, backing and batting to use, etc.
    Most of what I would use are probably all-cotton and since they are little, the squares would be small, but of varying sizes.

    Does the fact that they are knit pose any problems?

    Guess I would opt for paying someone to machine quilt.

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    Super Member MrsM's Avatar
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    I have been asked to make one for a friend. We are still in the planing stages. I may just machine quilt in the (brain freeze for the right word) frames around the blocks and the borders.

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    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
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    South central Nebraska, US
    Many tutorials online, this is just one of many.


    Also do a search on this board for t shirt quilts and you will have plenty of inspiration and advice. Happy sewing!

    edit: I know many people do not quilt thru the screen printing on the front (block) but I do and have not had any problems. If the blocks are small some tie instead of machine quilt.

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    Senior Member DawnMarie's Avatar
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    I suggest you use a lightweight fusible interfacing. There are some woven ones out there that are nice to use for it. Iron the interfacing on before you cut the T-shirt to the block size. The interfacing will help to stabilize the knit material and help reduce stretching.
    As dakotamaid said, there are a lot of interesting settings and inspirational quilts if you do a search for T-shirt quilts on here.
    One of my friends made a T-shirt quilt and she didn't have enough T-shirts to fill the number of blocks that she needed. So, she cut the backs of the T-shirts apart and sewed them together like a crazy quilt block and used them as filler squares.

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    Senior Member Zebra2's Avatar
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    There is a book and templates "Too Cool T-Shirt Quilts" I have used. You can use lots of shirts because they are not all cut the same size. Makes a collage. No sashing. For sure use fusible interfacing. I use the tricot fusible. Press the "stretch" of the interfacing the opposite of the "stretch" of the T-shirt. Stablizes nicely. Quilts great!

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    Super Member I go To The Sea To Breathe's Avatar
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    I am trying to get up the courage to make a t-shirt quilt also, got boxes of t-shirts. I also want to make the scarf from t-shirts, that looks fun.....I will be watching so please post..thanks

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    Super Member Vicki W's Avatar
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    My daughter is working on one for her DH, we opted to use sashing. We measured the patterns she wanted to use and used that (plus the sewage 1/2 inch) to determine how to cut.

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