I am really loving these t-shirt quilts! I've now made three using the same method, and each one is better and better.
I made one for a relative for Christmas, and another for my husband, and here are a few pictures I took...
For the original post, and complete tutorial, click here.
Above is a picture of all the pieces sewn together, before it was quilted. I've found that around 50 t-shirts makes a nice size quilt.
Below are some of the funky quilting designs I used. I quilted this on a long arm quilting machine, which really helps because of the bulk!
I describe extensively how I put these quilts together in my original post, but here is another picture of my list...
A description of the shirt, the shirt color, the size I end up deciding on based on my pattern (below) and the size I need to cut the shirts, with seam allowance.
I've improved my process for making patterns. I still zoom out as far as possible in powerpoint, create squares in real size, and make them the same color as the t-shirt they represent. I also like to add the dimensions in parenthesis, so I don't have to click on each individual square and look in the formatting tab for the size every time. Pretty cool, if I do say so myself ;)
If you compare the above picture with the one below, you'll see how they coincide. There were quite a few more oddly intersecting pieces in this quilt than in my original, but if I sewed with 1/2" seam allowance, and stopped 1/2" from the end when sewing those odd sections, eventually everything matched up ;) It's not for the faint of heart - but it is doable!
On all three I've used soft, neutral colored flannel for the backing, and warm and natural cotton batting.
These create such a wonderful, useful and unique keepsake! I definitely see more in my future ;) My girls have already started setting aside their sports t-shirts at the end of each season for some day when I'll make one for them!
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