Wednesday, December 31, 2008

backing up

t-shirt quilt

This is Carrie's t-shirt quilt made back in about 2001? Anyway, made before I knew there were actually instructions for making such a quilt. I just cut her favorite shirts up and sewed them together in squares, added batting and a lining and tied it all together with yarn.

Melissa also got one, and she discovered the hard way that this construction would not hold up to time and use and washings. Ever since I rescued Melissa's quilt, Carrie has been wanting a do-over on hers, so that is the current project. (She really had this on her Christmas want list, but I am late as usual).

Pictured above is the quilt top after taking off the yarn ties, back, and batting. And before I started cutting up the squares (thankfully I remembered to take a picture so I could put it back together again). My loathing of seam rippers lead me to just cut the squares and sashing along the seamlines, I know - everything will be a little smaller when reassembled, but I will add another border and it will come out just fine.

I used instructions found online, especially these from Linda in Alabama. Ironing on fusible interfacing to each t-shirt square makes all the difference, gives body to the flimsy knit and non-stretchiness. Once I get it all back together, with a cozy flannel lining this time, we will send it the local quilter magician for all-over quilting to hold it all together.

I anticipate having some more of these t-shirt quilts to make in the future, I have heard that granddaughter Sarah already has a stack of t-shirts saved in her closet for her quilt. Maybe a graduation present? Ahh, job security in these hard times is a good thing!


June said...

What a great idea for a quilt! I guess since there are instructions, it's not a new idea, but it's new to me and I love it! Happy New Year Susan!

ET said...

The Atlanta Track Club members' magazine used to have ads in it offering to make a quilt from your old race t-shirts. I thought seriously about preserving them that way..... but my frugality prevailed.

Linda_J said...

Susan, I would have dismantled the quilt the exact same way I think faced with the size and weight of the pieces. Trust me, the interfacing makes all the difference in working with shirts. It also helps to sew it with the walking foot. I also found the sometimes that interfaced piece sticks on the machine bed a bit. Even though you usually sew with the smallest piece on the top (the sashing), it helped to flip the piece over so that the interfaced piece is on top. Throw that quilting rule out if you find it easier to sew. I even put a garbage bag down on the sewing table to help it slide a bit. Just a few more hints to consider as you work on these quilts.

Notice I said quilts, not quilt, LOL. You already have someone waiting for theirs it sounds like. I swear that everytime I make one of these I say it is the last one. But the "last one" in my case wound up being two sided shirts as there were too many pieces leftover and I was not told which ones I could drop from the collection. Picture of that one is HERE though I didn't take one of the backing

Anonymous said...

Susan, your t-shirt quilts are amazing. Thanks for the instructions. Sorry for not being much in contact lately, but I am terribly busy with the college courses. Cecilia