Friday, May 20, 2011

T-Shirt-Quilt in Progress

Who knew t-shirt quilts could be so fun?
This has been really fun to work on this week, and it's for a June 11th college graduation . . . but I have a wedding quilt on the frame to finish for a May 27th wedding first and then back to fun times to get this quilted.

Last week, I cut up all the shirts.  By the 5th or 6th shirt, I was getting a rhythm and it really didn't take too long to go from this...
32 Shirts
to this....
There were even a couple of sweat shirts in the pile.  Here I pieced together the logo from the front and the words from the back.  Then I appliquéd the number from the sleeve and the words from the hood to make one 18 x 16 block.
This shirt was well worn and had a dime sized hole the the right end of the football.  The "1st String" logo was on the back of the shirt and with a little machine appliqué, made the perfect cover-up for the hole.
It was quite a challenge to use all the shirts and keep it from being stadium-cover size.  There were all sizes of shirts: college, high school, jr. high, grade school, and even a few pee-wees from T-Ball and Little league which were child's size 6-8.  To make this all work, I pieced it in vertical rows of 10", 12", 14" and 16-18" adding different sized sashing strips to make them all fit.  

The flimsy is done and ready to be quilted.  For more Friday finishes, head on over to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for her link up to Whoop Whoop Friday!


  1. oh yea I'll sure give you a whoop whoop smile.

    Our son would love a tee shirt quilt - so I am enjoying watching yours be made.

    Love Leanne NZ

  2. That looks great! Any worries how it's going to quilt up? I mean, maybe the machine will balk at some of the knits and/or seam allowances. I've never done one like this.

  3. It looks amazing, Ann! You did a great job!! Whoop whoop!!!

  4. Great job. I may have to make a t-shirt quilt soon for my niece. I've never made one before. Quilting it may be the hardest part for me, since I don't machine quilt, I hand quilt. Hmmm...

  5. I can't get over the Broken Star quilt, It is amazing. Like the t-shirt one also. Looked at some of your customers quilts and your quilting is amazing. I recently bought a HQ16 and needed inspiration. You and your quilting certainly are inspiring. I have made a t-shirt quilt so I am anxious to see how you quilt yours.



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