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Anyone made a tshirt quilt, and liked it?
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Date: 5/22/14 4:42 PM

I've volunteered to make one for a old friend. Any hints or tips? Most of them that I see on line are not much to look at. Hoping to come up with an idea to make it a little "prettier"

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Date: 5/22/14 6:22 PM

I made one last year, using knit denim as the sashing/backing, because what goes better with t-shirts than jeans? That really helped tie it together, IMHO. The knit denim was reeeeallly stretchy, but I interfaced it, as well as my t-shirt squares, and it worked out okay.

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Date: 5/22/14 7:27 PM

I made one last fall and made various size blocks and lined it with flannel. Here is the link to my blog with how I did itMy Webpage

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Date: 5/23/14 10:06 AM

I made one for my son's high school graduation and I think it might have been his favorite gift! (besides cash, of course)
I looked at all the t-shirts and picked a square that would accommodate all the designs - I think it ended up at 13" (he's an XL). Then I used an iron-on interfacing on the squares; if I do it again, I'll use a midweight and not a lightweight. I sashed with some fabric that had music symbols (he was in the band), and used the school colors as the end blocks. It's bright and colorful and the school colors tie it together. I tied it rather than quilting; worked better on the mix of knits and wovens.

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Date: 5/23/14 12:33 PM

Tshirt quilts are really fun. They can be scrappy or very color coordinated. In the end, they are very much loved and appreciated by the recipient. One suggestion I have is to quilt all over including the tshirt because over time and use the tshirt will "bag" in the square and come apart from the from the interfacing and possibly not hold up as nicely for a long time of use. I made my son one for Christmas 2012 and it goes with him everywhere and has been washed many times and the quilted tshirts still look good.

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Date: 5/23/14 7:37 PM

I made one a few years ago and learned a few tips---I did use a pattern, and had a plastic template made so I could make sure the logo was in the right place. I fused the interfacing then re-cut using the template--I was surprised how much distortion I got and was glad I learned that tip. And I had it quilted all over too. Super fun to make and one of these days I will do another one. I certainly have enough t shirts!

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Date: 5/23/14 11:14 PM

maminstl, I am glad you posted this! I am currently in the process of making one for my younger brother. I am not a quilter, at all, so I also have a few questions. Hope you do not mind if I ask them on your thread!

I have used sheer-weight interfacing on my squares and just finished those up tonight. (I used sheer-weight because ???? No idea, ha)

Do these t-shirt quilts generally use batting?

I also noticed someone said you should quilt all over. I am not a quilter, so could this consist of a big X in each square? Can I use clear thread for the quilted pattern?

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Date: 5/23/14 11:25 PM

I finished one last year for my son with his tshirts from college. He chose a royal blue fabric for the sashing and borders and it looked very nice. You stabilize the tshirt cutouts with french fuse or your blocks will be too stretchy. It does make a heavy quilt, but there is much you can do with design. I used 12 or 14 shirts (don't remember) and put them in 3 vertical rows of even width and just adjusted the height of each block, filling the difference with the solid blue fabric so that you have the same size blocks. Hope that makes sense! I did not use a pattern exactly, but have a little booklet I went by for starters. Just quilt as you want - I did my own and it was about a twin size quilt. It is fun and will mean a lot to the person you are making it for!

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Date: 5/24/14 9:23 AM

I did several t-shirt quilt tops some years ago that were pretty boring; someday they'll get quilted! I've made a Pinterest board with some interesting layouts but it seems to have disappeared! If I find it again, I will share a link. There are good ideas out thee.

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Date: 5/24/14 9:26 AM

The first thing is to interface them all so they don't stretch during piecing. I use a square of silk organza as a press cloth so that the design doesn't melt onto the soleplate of the iron (learned that one the hard way!).

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