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