Chewed shirt quilt by Schnoogly

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
Finished:
2012-07-27T04:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

My 9 year old with Asperger's goes through massive shirt-chewing phases when he just destroys the collars of his t-shirts.  During the last phase he only wore plain t-shirts from Lands' End, which are really nice shirts in really nice colors.  So I have a big pile of shirts that can't be worn or given away but the fabric on the back of the shirt is perfect because he didn't wear them very many times before they were destroyed.

I am planning an applique quilt with them, on a white background, maybe large and small "bubbles" with a layering effect of smaller bubbles on top of larger ones, or overlapping.  I have to cut out the circles to see how much fabric I have.  I'm thinking twin sized quilt.  Applique on a sturdy cotton is probably the best way to treat knits, right?  I bought several yards of light weight wonder under.

I took a picture of the shirts.  The color palette is really nice actually!  But you can see how mangled the collars are. He wore one of them backwards one day so it's chewed on both sides.

6/1:  circles are cut out, and I've arranged them onto the quilt back to experiment.  The backing is a recycled duvet cover from Garnet Hill which had gotten stained on one side so I cut it apart and I'll use it for the backing.  It was a wedding gift 15 years ago and I thought it would be a good addition to this recycled materials quilt.  It's white with light blue stars.  I need to cut out a few more smaller circles to fill in some of the spaces.  I ended up not stabilizing the pieces first--they are a little wrinkly in the picture but are perfectly circle.  I haven't fused them to interfacing yet as I am still not sure how many of them I'll actually use.  The interfacing made the fabric very difficult to fold in quarters and cut with my omni-arc circle guide.

I still haven't decided whether to applique on one giant piece of white fabric, or to cut squares and applique onto those, then patchwork sew them together.  Opinions?

6/13:  Not a great picture, but 10 of the 16 squares with applique.  I will tinker with the arrangement when they're all done.  The quilt will be 80x 80 and the squares are all 20" 

7/27:  At last, it is finished.  I quilted it with a wavy stitch my machine has, and I did the binding with that same stitch.  I took a "free form" approach--it's quilted out in quarters from the middle in wavy lines.  It's OK, but not great, as I just cannot stuff that much quilt under the arm of my regular machine.  I took a lot of extra time with the binding because I really wanted it to be good, and I think it turned out really well!  It's going to be a really long time before I attempt a large quilt like this again though!

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Comments

Janquilter

Great idea! Making something useful out of something else!

Schnoogly

Thanks! I can't tell you how mad those shirts make me. That's $100 worth of shirts right there. I have to do something with them besides rags!!

Amanda

This is such a good idea! And you're right - the color palette is really nice.

Rebecca

Oh, what a bummer! Those Lands End shirts are nice! I like your idea of the bubbles quilt though and the colors are really pretty.

Emedoodle

Great idea! Do you know anyone who has an Accuquilt Go cutter (or studio cutter for that matter)? they may have a circle die cutter that you could use. Fuse the interfacing first then cut with the cutter... Unless you're thinking bigger circles. I made one with a friend's cutter a year ago and it was so fast to cut those circles!! :)

Good luck! I hope you'll keep us up to date on this project because I think it'll turn out great!

Schnoogly

I don't think I do, but I got one of the omni grid arc cutters that has different sized circles. I didn't think of putting the interfacing on first--great idea! Thanks!

True

What a great idea and I love the colors...and I agree do interfacing first no matter how you cut the circles out it will stablize the fabric for you.

Speattle

I agree with Emmedoodle, fuse the shirt fabric to some stable interfacing before you do any shape cutting.

Treblemaker

What a great idea! I can't wait to see your Bubble Quilt. I love how you've turned a worn item into something bright & new.

Caribousmom

This is a fabulous idea...and I know Lands End shirts are of excellent quality!! Can't wait to see how it all comes out :)

Janquilter

I just love how this is coming together!!

True

I love this quilt! I think it will look great whatever way you do it but is really cute like it is... So idea of doing it on one large piece of material seems to work for sure. And love the background material and that it is recycled as well! So creative.

Rebecca

This is looking great! I think the patchwork squares would be much easier and go faster since you wouldn't be needing to maneuver the bulk of the project through the throat of the machine as you go around each circle. Plus it could let you use up scraps of white if you have some around.

Schnoogly

I don't have any white at all, and I want some nice quality stuff for applique, so I'm going to buy several yards tomorrow (with your mom at our shop here in Vermont!)

Rebecca

Ha! Have fun! How big is the quilt going to be? If it's not too big it probably wouldn't be that bad to work with the whole piece. Also was thinking you could divide it up into 4 pieces so it's not quite as large to be maneuvering around rather than going as small as individual blocks.

Schnoogly

It's a double/full. I think I'm going to go with wide strips of white so I can get the "random" pattern effect. That ought to be easier.

Chrissybugs

The title of this quilt jumped out and grabbed me. Have you heard of the technique of writing a story for your son to read in which a famous person he likes helps him give up this habit? For instance, if he likes SpongeBob, it might say "hi, I'm SpongeBob. I used to chew on my T shirts but I had to stop to work at Crabby Patty. Now, when I think about chewing, I (appropriate substitute behavior like chew gum, twist a bracelet on his wrist, but probably something oral) instead. Now I can get my work done and my shirts are always nice and neat". I'm a special Ed teacher with autism training.

Schnoogly

Yes, we've found that substituting other oral stuff works. He is a very stimmy kid :) He hasn't done it in almost a year.

Rebecca

I love how this is coming together!

Schnoogly

Thanks! Jan helped me pick out a binding fabric too when she was here--must put up a picture of that. It's really perfect--a light blue with circle-in-circles polka dots of jewel tones.

True

This just keeps getting better and better...and binding does sound perfect!

Kirstenblake

What a great idea for a quilt. It looks great!

Jess

That looks great! I can't wait to see it all together and quilted! The binding does sound spot on for the quilt design though.

True

love the finished quilt!!! And the model:-)

Janquilter

Just perfect!!

Turtlesrs

I love this quilt! This is an awesome idea for re-purposing your son's shirts!

Caribousmom

Wow this is a really special quilt - you did a great job on it. Love the whole idea of it...and look at that cute little smiling face!!!

Quilt455

You did wonderful with this. Love the colors and what a great use of the T shirts.

Jschlender

This is so cute! I love how it turned out...so cheerful and bright! Love that smiling face too!

Speattle

Turned out fantastic!

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