Slowly I am making some progress on the tshirt quilt. This is a commission quilt for a friend's son. Usually when I make a tshirt quilt I add some commercial fabric in the mix. Mary has so many shirts for Thomas that there will be no room for other fabric except for a narrow border and the binding. Here are a few steps to explain how I make a tshirt quilt.
But to show that there's more than one way to make a tshirt quilt, here are 3 links to free tutorials on the web:
My tshirts quilts are generally based on a pattern that Anne and I developed. Here is the first onethat I made using this pattern. it is based on 15" finished squares for the center, a narrow sahsing and a border of 3 1/2" wide blocks. I create a block or two at a time. For this quilt I have to fit in as many shirts as possible so I cut the shirt art as small as I can. tonight I worked on 2 blocks together (30" wide x 15" tall finished) because I had some odd sized shirts.
I start with all of the shirts spread on the floor so I can see the general sizes of the images. In this photo I have already used half of the shirts!
Then I cut a piece if interfacing larger than the area I want to cut and fuse it to the back of the shirt. I am using some knit interfacing because that is what I have in my stash already. You can use any good lightweight or medium weight interfacing but I generally prefer a knit interfacing. Fuse following the manufacturers instructions and always use a press cloth to avoid melting the interfacing or accidentally fusing the interfacing to your iron! Cut the block to the right size and don't forget the seam allowances!
Lots of kids have things like this from sports uniforms. I don't put this mesh fabric in a quilt. I cut off the patch and will sew it to another piece of plain interfaced tshirt fabric. I picked black for the background for this patch because I needed some additional dark spots in the quilt.
You can see the 7 pieces that I added tonight in the middle fo the bottom row. I have 9 more blocks to do before I start sewing together the blocks. I am sure that I will rearrange these as well before I sew it all together.
Mary is sending me 2 more shirts and if they arrive before Friday I should be able to get the blocks all cut and start assembly this weekend.