45 T-Shirts Quilt by Aizome

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
T-shirt quilt
Status:
Complete
Started:
2014-04-11T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2014-04-20T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

Graduation and open house was a success, thanks to help from my family & home school friends! T-shirt quilt photo taken at open house.

Graduation is coming up fast--May 31st. Gotta make the graduation quilt!

Just figuring it out as I go.

I started out with 35 t-shirts. I backed them with fusible interfacing--6 1/2 packages worth, on sale at Hancock's for 70 cents each. Each value package of Pellon interfacing is 15" X 3 yards. 

I cut them into squares that finish in mutiples of 3--3", 6", 9", 12" and 15" squares, plus 1/2" for seam allowances. A few ended up as rectangles and were pieced together to make squares. 

I needed to fill in more space--we ended up with 45 t-shirts in all. 

I lined them up according to width, and they all fell in place!

The backing is pieces and contains a panel of labels, on which I wrote a number of favorite quotes, as well as a label, of course!

I'm doing custom quilting, according to the theme of each block. 

Finished with quilting--it took 3 days of quilting on my longarm. Each block has a different quilt design.

Rainbow binding in progress...

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Comments

sew_what

What neat idea for a graduation gift!

Aizome

sew_what Thanks!!! It's coming together!

HawkFan

Looks great - kind of like a puzzle where you have to get the pieces together in the right arrangement!

Aizome

HawkFan That's true!!! Was wishing for a puzzle picture guide at the beginning, but it all fell into place in the end!

Siffstitch

Looks great! What a special gift.

Seeneed

Wow that is a great t-shirt quilt. I'm working on one right now that only has 16 shirts and thought that was a little daunting. How is it going together without sashing between the t-shirts? Can hardly wait to see how you quilt it.

Aizome

Siffstitch Thanks!!! I was a bit worried at the beginning, not knowing where exactly the whole design was going. But I was able to figure it out one step at a time.

Aizome

Seeneed Thanks!!! I, too, was rather apprehensive before I started this quilt, not knowing where exactly I was going with it.

As for no sashing--the stabilizer does the job great! Easy as can be.

Capetowngirl

What a fantastic idea. Are these old t-shirts, or were they bought specifically for this project.

Aizome

Capetowngirl Thanks! These t-shirts represent pretty much everything she's been doing since she was 5 years old. She wore them all. When I needed a few more to fill it out, I had her go through her drawers and part with a few more. She still has plenty left, though!

sew_what

I love how you did different quilting for each shirt.

Sweiby

Wow this quilt is great, such a keepsake! Love it.

Aizome

sew_what Thanks! I usually found inspiration within the block. But there were times I was stumped and had to stop and look through some quilting reference books. It was toughest on the last row!!!

Aizome

Sweiby Thanks, Sue!!!! Now I've gotta make them for the other two!!!

beccascrazyprojects

I love the idea of t-shirt quilts and using these soft memories to make quilts. I really like the more free-form layouts. The grid layouts, with every shirt in a neat row just doesn't speak to my sense of how chaotic life really is. Beautiful work.

Aizome

beccascrazyprojects Thanks! I know what you mean about the rows and columns layout. If I were making it for a customer, I'd want to do that, for time's sake. But since this is my own DD's, I was ready to take my sweet time!

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