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Thread: The Birth Of Another T-Shirt Quilt continued

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    Re: Quilt In Progress

    Several days ago, it was suggested within a post that it would be fun to see photos of member’s quilts as they are in progress. Therefore, I will begin another t-shirt journey with you. Please do keep in mind that I am open to suggestions and criticisms alike.

    My first t-shirt quilt was our son’s pre-K days through his college days. With its black sashing and gold accents (college colors), it turned out nicely even though some of his old KISS t-shirts and football-wrestling shirts were in shambles. My second t-shirt quilt was for a gentleman who had several new shirts from his charity runs. Notice that key word "new." :) The backgrounds were white upon all shirts which led to uniformity. I was able to surround quilt with flying geese and cornerstones. He is presently using it as a large wall hanging in his office.

    Now comes my third t-shirt quilt---a high school volleyball player with a rainbow of orange, red, purple, pink, yellow, black, etc t-shirt! Yipes, those colors are hard to arrange but the memories for her will be enormous.

    My first step (Photo #1) was to jot out some grafting of attack. Then I sorted, slit shirts apart, fused logos and re-cut blocks. (Photos #2) In Photo #3, I salvaged one large name decal (Photo#3) which I will make a pillow case or permanent cover, surrounded by four-inch blocks cut from various t-shirt leftovers.

    I have been able to utilize over twenty of her t-shirts, plus a combination of others. At this juncture, all blocks have been fused and squared. After I appliqué/embellish a few, more sashing will continue. (Photo #4)

    Because of the width of words and decals, the quilt will be slightly larger than planned—possibly a queen sized! Therefore, I am becoming concerned about the ease of home machine quilting it, although I am fortunate to own a Bernina 820. Some of the shirts have 13-inch wide heavy plastic-like logos/words and therein lies my question.

    Have any of you quilted through large plastic emblems upon a t-shirt? (See last photo-my apologies for blurry photo.)

    I will continue to post my weekly progress and thank everyone in advance for comments, suggestions and, yes, I take criticisms.
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    I'm not getting any photos. But I think if the emblem is plastic and not screen printing you might be better off quiling around it.

    Oh, there they are.

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    I can only see one of your pictures. It sounds like you have a great plan, however I'm not sure I would quilt "through" the plastic emblems but would quilt "around" each one, making it stand out more. (You might try quilting "through" on a throw-away shirt and see how you like it.) You are getting to be THE expert at T-shirt quilts!!!

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    Five photos are showing on my post.
    jamsbuying - do you see them all now?
    It did take a few moments to load after I posted words.
    Thanks - All Thumbs

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    Thanks for posting! I've always wanted to do a T-shirt quilt.

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    Thanks for sharing. You appear to be the resident expert so I a look forward to learning from your progressive posts. In future posts, please link back to earlier ones so that we easily find them. My daughter has mentioned a T-Shirt quilt when she graduates from college (University of Arkansas - - GO HOGS!!!) in May so I had better pay attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWinston
    Thanks for sharing. You appear to be the resident expert so I a look forward to learning from your progressive posts. In future posts, please link back to earlier ones so that we easily find them. My daughter has mentioned a T-Shirt quilt when she graduates from college (University of Arkansas - - GO HOGS!!!) in May so I had better pay attention.
    Gosh, I never thought about linking back to earlier posts--not even sure I know how but here goes. Let's see if this will take you back to my questions about fabric softeners stinking (I have industrial allergies) and the fact I learned the fabric sheets contain oil (which will make fusing difficult). Here is the link:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-82915-1.htm

    As a postnote to those fabric sheets, I had to soak many t-shirts for two days and wash several times. To this date, there are shirts that the fusing is not sticking as I would like. Therefore, this takes me back to my quilting questions. I really do not want much space left between lines of quilting because fusing on back may be loose.

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    You can sew through the emblems, but the needle holes may not ever go away. That might allow the batting to show through too.

    Thank you for sharing this process with us, a picture IS worth a thousand words :D:D:D

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    Very good start!
    I want to make my granddaugher one! She is in 7th grade and already been in 2 sports! Told her to save them and will make her one when se graduates!

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    I have collected over 75 hockey t-shirts from when my kids used to play...now i just have to find time to make them into a quilt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimkankwilt
    I have collected over 75 hockey t-shirts from when my kids used to play...now i just have to find time to make them into a quilt...
    So true Kimkankwilt...I saved son's shirts for over 29 years while we lived in same house. Then when we moved, I found them stuffed really deep in basement shelving. By the time I settled into new home, retired and became bored, I returned to sewing and became a quilter. His t-shirt quilt was one of the very first I made and I did everything wrong, i.e. wrong fusibles and too heavy fabric for sashing. Then when it was quilted, threads kept breaking because glue on fusing stuck to needle, resulting in needle having to be milked down frequently. lol

    You said you had multiple shirts so you should be able to have a good selection to make a uniform quilt. Example is a wall hanging I made where the shirts all had a white background. It really does help.

    Wall hanging mentioned in first paragraph of this thread.
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    This is terrific. Thank you for posting. I will be starting my first Tee Shirt quilt soon (need all the help I can get lol) and will be anxiously watching your progress.

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    That's really nice...and I'll probably have to wait until I'm retired before I find time.

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    Updating: Blocks have all been pieced together with sashing. Here are a few blocks that I joined together so more t-shirts were used thus creating more memories.

    Rick-Rack was inserted under name to add texture.
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    Front-Back of t-shirt was joined to make one block
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    Machine Embroidery upon cotton biased fabric helped join these two pieces.
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    Not sure if anyone "out there" in computerland is still watching my progress but just in case, here is an update. The original plan was just a little larger than 40x60 and the end result looks more like 60x70! Yipes, I will have trouble stuffing and huffing through this quilt. Anyway, I took it to my long armer to ask that he make a single decorative stitch through the center of lattice work of t-shirts. This way, he will do the big stretching and basting of major portion of quilt. When I get it back (sad face here, 3 weeks) I will attach the half-square triangles and do my own free motion quilting within the blocks.

    Should have taken it up a week ago because making all those half-square triangles took me a long time and now I have to wait.
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    Took about five weeks to get the quilt back from long armer because his machine broke down and I had three large quilts ahead of mine. But it only cost me $40 and well worth every penny because those registration lines were done as a decorative stitch throughout the entire sashing in quilt. See Photo #1. The next photo #2 is how I have done the edges.

    While the quilt was gone, I started stitching scraps together for a pillow and boy was I glad I did because mother of teenager called wanting to know if it were too late to add her high school sports letters. Well it was for the quilt but not the pillow. Photo #3 shows the squares from all t-shirt colors except the red one which I returned to her earlier. More photos coming as I progress. Thank you for keeping up with me this long, long winter. Would you believe another snow storm this morning. Yuck, I want spring, even with all the allergies!
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    Wow! Thanks for sharing! This is no ordinary nor easy tshirt quilt. Looks fabulous, but seems much more difficult than a "traditional" quilt. There's a current thread about a quilter being asked to make two tshirt quilts, one for April 18, another for May 18th. I don't think most folk realize the work that goes into these! Yours are great, hope they are properly appreciated.

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    Great job with the t shirts, not had the nerve to do one of these yet!

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    Oh no - I goofed!
    I got the sport letters appliques to the pillow case top and I just thought a little touch ironing was in order. You guessed it...........I accidentally hit the big B letter and melted the fibers! Any ideas anyone? Maybe permanent Sharpie in purple or just fess up to owner and offer to buy another letter, which is probably what I will do even if I do fix it a bit. I have nothing to applique over the letter and that probably would look goofy anyway. Sad face here!
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    Not sure if anyone is watching this link anymore or not but at least the quilt got finished and the young grad is very happy with her memory quilt. Below are the final step photos.
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    Thanks for this Quilt in Progress. Its great! What an awesome memory quilt!

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    Your work is beautiful! Thanks for the week to week progress.

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    Thank you for the kudos. The quilt ended up being 56x88 inches and took me 64-1/4 hours from start to finish. The pillow was an additional 9-1/2 hours. It was a fun challenge.

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