Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Just wanted to take a minute to talk about T Shirt quilts.  They are  great way of using all those T shirts people manage to collect -- you don't feel so bad about cleaning out your drawers if you can get rid of the shirt but still keep the memory.

Many T shirt quilts cut the shirt into blocks of all the same size, sew them together and DONE..  That's fine and functional, nothing wrong with it.  But not all logos have the same dimensions, and you'd end up either cutting off some stuff or having lots of space.  Why not mix up the shirts with fabric, too, and make a much more visually appealing quilt?

Here are some things I do when I make one of these:

  • Cut the logo out with lots of border.  Fuse interface to the wrong side of the logo (NEVER IRON ON THE RIGHT SIDE YOU'LL MELT IT!)
  • Trim, centering the logo as you like and allow for seam allowance.  It's best if you can keep the measurment to a multiple of 3" (+ seam allowance) -- this will be easier to fit in with the other pieces.
  • Sew a fabric border around if you like.  You can adjust the size by the width of the border.  You can also use the smaller pieces in centers of star blocks, or other bigger blocks.
  • Make some additional pieces, like checkerboards or Flying Geese, or the like to go in between.
  • Lay it all out as a puzzle on your floor.  You can swap things around until you get a layout you like.  Then start sewing it all together.
  • You'll sometimes have to do y-seams or partial seams, but it's not a big problem.  And you might have some additional fabric strips you may need to add as well.
It's not as hard as it sounds, but it IS a lot of fun to do, especially when you're making it for a special person.

I like to stipple my quilts, and one thing I've found is that the logos do NOT like being sewn over.  You can either go around them, or use tissue paper on top as you quilt, then tear it away.  It helps with skipped stitches.

Happy quilting!

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