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T-Shirt Quilt

Oopss… sorta forgot to show you the finished product. 🙂   Here are the first 2 posts on getting the tshirt quilt started.

The Beginning

Starting Piecing

Here is the final result!  I finished quilting it the weekend K was home for THE birthday party so she got to see it then.  I love striped binding cut on the bias.   🙂

(I am SOOO very anxious to get my photo shoot set-up completed….  )

Border quilting above.

The backing is turquoise flannel.  The borders had a floral design and then I used that idea to do an all-over design on the main body of the quilt.

I pieced a section of the back with some of the filler fabrics from the front and included the label in that section.

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In between the stuff of life around here, I’m trying to get the tshirt quilt done.  My initial goal was to have the top all pieced by yesterday when my long-arm returned from a cleaning & oiling appointment.

I’m only this far —

I have this bottom corner to go yet and so far only have one partial seam!  🙂

In between Christmas & New Year’s we had new bedroom windows put in.  During part of that cleaning process (yes, Mom there IS carpet in my room!!  I found it!   😉  ), I found some of those 3′ sparklers hiding.   With our mild January days, JP lit them outside a few nights.  They’ve lost some umpf but are OK on a boring night.  Especially if you are a fire-bug.

Yesterday I brought home my machine from its spa days.  I was helping Phil carry it down to the studio and missed a step or stumbled or something.  😦   The machine is just fine as it was packed in the 3′ box with 6″ of molded styrofoam on every side.   Me, not so packed.

My right ankle turned and I sort of just crumbled with the machine in the middle and steps on the bottom.    Even my ears hurt last night.

I’m just home from the chiropractor this morning and even though it is only 18′ F outside, I have an ice pack on my back.  :\   Rest & ice and a return appointment on Saturday were the instructions.

So much for getting that quilt finished and loaded.  I’ll probably get in some more piecing later.

However, “Phil’s dog” (aka Nina) puked on the basement landing just before I headed to the chiro and he is not here to clean it up RIGHT. NOW.  This means the trip to the basement has lost a bit of appeal for the time being.   There is a newspaper cover in place.

Snow started about 6:30 a.m. (according to JP; I was still in bed!).  It is fine and light.  It is only sticking to the roads from the rest area on to the east.  How odd is that?  I’m staying in!

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After starching my myriad of fat quarters, yesterday I cut about 3 strips each (some only 2) and cut them into 2 1/2″ squares.  I had already numbered my diagram and counted that I need 522 squares.  🙂   I think I cut over 560 but didn’t count them as I went.  I have enough.

Today I pieced squares into strips and attached to the tshirts.  This is starting at the upper left corner.  There is another section that goes right below this of 4 shirts that I’m going to do next.  After a nap.  😉

See the small x fabric across the top, 3rd from the left?  That will be the outer border fabric.  And there is extra pink fabric if a narrow border is needed first.

Don’t forget to NOT let your iron touch these gooey designs.  😀



A 1/2 hr nap + 45 mins of sewing =

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I’ve been wanting to make a tshirt quilt for K for years and now need it for an example.  I’m not even sure it will end up at K’s anytime soon!  LOL!!  😉

Last week I sorted, interfaced, and trimmed shirts.  I found fabric I wanted to use online in lieu of an hour each way trip to peruse 4 “local” quilt shops.

Now I wish I would have taken a photo of the around 30 shirts in a BIG pile just taking up space and not being enjoyed.  You imagine that in your mind.

This collage shows some of the steps I take in getting the design to a size I can work with.

I make a master list of shirt designs (on some shirts I can use front and back and/or sleeve designs) with a color reference, the size and orientation of the final design, and a number.    I cut little templates and then glue them to a new page for how I’ll lay them out in the quilt.

Even tho I check my templates twice, I still laid the shirts out on the floor in about the same layout and checked that everything was oriented the correct way.

My favorite shirt of hers in this is the white VBS shirt.  It is signed by a lot of church friends, including JP.  So fun to save those memories!

The fill-in fabrics arrived on Tuesday instead of the estimated Thursday!  🙂  When does that ever happen?!

I HIGHLY recommend the pattern by Yellow Creek Quilt Designs if you want to make your own quilt.  Or if you don’t, you know you can contact me getting the quilt made.  🙂

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