Okay Guys, my fingers have healed and the t-shirt remnants have been cleared. Its time to share the good, the bad and the sentimental about t-shirt quilts. My biffle has been wanting to turn her old tshirts into a quilt for some time. After a failed attempt, I suggested it would be a great 24th birthday present for her! I gathered around 30 shirts that she doesn't wear anymore, but would like to keep around...like a stylish hoarder. The first thing to do is to clean the shirts, Its much easier to do at this step and then you won't be worried about any shrinkage (hehe) after you cut 'em up!
I am a planner (shocker) and I wanted to make sure I wasn't cutting too many shirts, or shirts of the wrong size since there were a few larger than the template I made. Here is my cheat sheet diagram...the final fit together better than I thought so I x-neyed the scrap logo blocks and incorporated them onto the shirts- I'll go over this in a bit. I wanted the final piece to be a little smaller than queen size sheets.
Here is the template I made out of cardboard to make cutting as simple as possible. This was 10" by 15", some of the shirts were 'hamburger' style and some were 'hot dog' according to the placement of the logo
Alllllllll the shirts cut up and ready to get their interface on!
Once all the interface is on, I laid out all of the shirts to make sure I knew which colors worked well together. I noted down the flow of the quilt and started sewing. I began by sewing the first 4 horizontal shirts together (the top row). I wanted to make sure each corner matched up perfectly so after I sewed those and the second row of 4, I sewed those together. Did I say the word 'sewed' enough yet? Anyways, then just
Rinse and repeat until you are done!
When sewing them together flip the shirts face to face and sew up the seam. Then unfold them and iron down the seam as shown below.
Some of the shirts had small details that she wanted added to the shirt, but were not large enough (or placed well on the shirt) to get promoted to an entire rectangle. I cut out these details and sewed them onto other shirts- prior to them being added to the quilt
And the back: