Sunday, August 24, 2014

t-shirt quilt

My kids swim team coach retired after this summer's season, and I was asked to make her a quilt with the t-shirts from all the previous years.  They told me it would count as my volunteer hours, and I jumped at the opportunity.  It was a no brainer...any swimming families out there?  You know all about volunteering at swim meets.   Making a quilt felt like such a treat.  

I had never made a t-shirt quilt before, so I searched around pinterest to get an idea of what needed to be done.  Basically all you have to do is stabilize the knit t-shirts before you sew them all together.  I used the thinnest suggested stabilizer, Pellon #906f.  I cut the collars and sleeves off the t-shirts, then ironed on the stabilizer, then trimmed to the size I wanted.  Mine were 15.5 inches (I think).
Inspiration came from this quilt, (it was even the same colors).  I found this polka dot for the backing at Hobby Lobby.  Matched our team colors perfectly.
Our coach has several phrases she uses all the time, so we used them on a block.  We talked about having them embroidered (but I don't have a machine that embroiders, and the turn around time at a shop was too long), we talked about doing it by hand (but my hand embroidery skills are seriously lacking), I ended up free-motion quilting it on my machine (I stabilized this piece of fabric too).  I didn't trust myself to just free-hand it, so I printed out the phrases and pinned them to the fabric, then I just sewed over them 3 or 4 times.  It worked out really well, a bit of a pain picking off all the paper, but not terrible.  I wish I'd used a darker color.  Black.
 black and white stripes for binding

8 comments:

Shannon said...

Great job on your first t-shirt quilt!

Kat said...

Looks great! I really like that striped binding.

Susie said...

This is awesome. Great idea and fabulous quilt.

Chris said...

Wow! Really nice job. I'm sure Coach will treasure this.

mrswaggs2003 said...

Beautiful! Gathering my supplies to do one with my hubby's old Harley t-shirts. I hope it's as nice as yours!

Mary said...

Really nice Net! I thought the top row had a ghurka at first glance :)

Lynnet Hardwick said...

Great job! Love the choice of binding and backing as well.

a maidenhair fern said...

wow, you're really kind, that's an amazing quilt.

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