How to Make an Out-of-the-Ordinary T-Shirt Quilt: Part Onecomments (30) September 7th, 2012
I've always loved the idea of a T-shirt quilt, the memories all sewn together to warm you in the cool night or to sit on at a picnic, but I've never been a huge fan of their look. It took me a while to figure out how I wanted it to look, but I think I came up with a plan. Inspired by log cabin quilt blocks and the work of Piet Mondrian, I improvised a pattern that is both traditional and modern, beautiful and full of memories. This post is all about making the quilt front; next week, we'll do the quilting.
Want to make some memories of your own?
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Here's what you'll need:
- Old T-shirts (I used about 20)
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Quilting grid (I used an 8-1/2-inch by 24-inch grid)
- Paper and pencil
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Thread in a neutral color (I used gray)
- Iron and ironing board
To make up for the difference in the sizes of the shirt graphics, I kept most of the accent strips the same width, 3 inches (3-3/4 inches with the seam allowance on either side).
Because I'm so bad at math, and the style of this quilt is so improvised, I built the blocks at my machine starting small, like the block above. Once the pieces were sewn together, I cut the pieces to complete the block. I did this for the whole quilt; if it's easier for you to lay out your whole quilt before sewing, you can do that, too.
To make the quilt, I joined three blocks together to form a row. The finished front is made from four of these rows and measures about 60 inches by 80 inches, not a standard size but great for a throw.
Next week we quilt! Then it's off to the festival concert, comfy and unique!
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