Tips for Making a T-Shirt Quilt

At our September meeting, Janet solicited members’ knowledge on how they’ve approached making a T-Shirt Quilt. As usual, our members came through!

If you have a suggestion for making a t-shirt quilt, regarding design elements or construction, let us know in the comments.

Helene’s Tips:

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Helene made this quilt from her son’s tshirt collection
  1. This quilt has t-shirts, stabilizer, batting, and backing.
  2. Use iron-on stabilizer on all tshirt material (Karen recommends Pellon SF101); this allows using a 1/4″ seam and makes the material feel like quilting grade fabric
  3. Save scraps from the t-shirts, in case gaps need to be filled between the blocks

Trudy’s Tips:

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Trudy made this quilt from her Camp Tshirts
  1. This quilt has t-shirts and flannel (it’s really soft)
  2. Instead of using interfacing and batting, sew flannel to the back of the t-shirt blocks
  3. To create a boarder around the t-shirt block, piece the blocks so the seam is on the t-shirt side. Sew seam allowance open and down – a flannel border with raw edges is now visible on the t-shirt side of the quilt

Gail’s Tips:

Gail’s tshirt quilt is of her sisters work tshirts
  1. This quilt used t-shirts, stabilizer, batting, and backing
  2. Use stabilizer

Holly’s Tips:

Holly’s tshirt quilt in memory of a lost friend
  1. This quilt used t-shirts, stabilizer, batting, backing, and pieced blocks from quilting material
  2. Use a block pattern that can easily be adjusted in size to fill in any weird spacing issues due to different t-shirt block sizes.
  3. This type of pattern allows the quilt to be customized to the owner’s color preferences

Other tips:

  1. If the t-shirt has a plastic-y decal, do not iron over it! It will melt. Iron around it.
  2. Check Pinterest for ideas. Shannon found a schematic for using different block sizes.
  3. Use unique features of the shirt – special tabs/buttons – in the quilt design
  4. Browse Craftsy for classes on making a t-shirt quilt
  5. If the quilt will be a wall hanging, use flannel instead of batting to lighten the quilt. press the seams open, if you have to piece the flannel to make it big enough.

Suggestions for Making it Modern

  • Use all the same color t-shirts to create more negative space in the quilt
  • Cut t-shirts into strips, circles, hexagons, etc and piece back together randomly
  • Use different sized t-shirt blocks
  • Use a few t-shirt blocks as part of the overall design of the quilt
Lucinda’s in-process tshirt quilt in hexies

 

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September Block Lotto

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For the month of September, we’re doing the Twizzle block by Buttons and Butterflys. (at time of post, this pattern is free from the Craftsy site)

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@eyecandyquilts posted her version on Instagram and we decided this would be a fun skill builder block. How many of us have done half-rectangle triangle blocks? Hm?

 

Update:

Here are the blocks everyone made- and congratulations to Karen M on winning these blocks.

 

 

October Block Lotto

This month, we’ll be working on curves. But these are gentle curves.

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Pieced by Karen M. Example block with solid

Fabric provided by the guild is a light grey Kona solid (thank you, Karen for cutting and making templates). From your stash, use a brightly colored solid to coordinate.

Karen M. picked out this month’s block and was inspired by Verena’s simply colorful blog about her experience with a Quick Curve Ruler.

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Picture, piecing, and quilting by Verena at einfach bunt…

 

 

Video Instructions:

September’s Monthly Meeting Recap

We had a ton of fun at this month’s meeting. T-Shirt Quilts, Show and Tell, Quilters Block, Block Lotto Fabulousness, Workshop Sign-Ups, changing of the guard….

Upcoming Events (see Calendar for more details):

10/9: Weekend Sew. Bring your projects or help us finish our QuiltCon Charity Quilt. A volunteer is needed to do the binding, once the quilting has been finsihed

10/15: We’ve been invited to celebrate LAMQG’s anniversary with  quilt show and party at St. Andrew’s Luthern Church in Van Nuys, 5-9 PM

10/27: Monthly Guild Meeting. Same bat-time, same bat-place

11/17: Annual Philanthropy Challenge: Make a quilt that goes with a children’s book

12/3: Latifah Saafir’s Design Your Own Bias Tape workshop. See your email for details

12/11: OCMQG Holiday Party! Mark your calendars.

Call for Officers and Volunteers!

Our lovely officers are ready to pass the torch. They’ve done a wonderful job for us, but it’s time to let them sit back and enjoy. We’ve had some folks volunteer to step in their shoes:

Co-Presidents: Karen (behind the scenes stuff) and Bunny (lead the meetings)

Secretary: Dawn

Treasurer: Shelly

Open: Membership Chairman/Secretary – Our guild is growing and we need help keeping track of our members. this role is responsible for keeping a list of members and maintaining OCQMG’s member’s access on the MQG mothership site.

Open: Occasional Event Lead – Have an idea for an event you would love to do with the guild? Or maybe there’s a charity near and dear to your heart that needs some quilty love? This position is a one-time-event (rather than year long) lead that would coordinate a specific event or charity drive. You’d be in charge of the event, calling for any additional helpers, and executing. (Think how Quilts for Pulse was done – everyone made a few blocks, but one person coordinated the gathering of materials and mailing to Orlando MQG).

Now the fun stuff…

T-Shirt Quilts!

Janet, our fearless leader, asked for folks to share their experiences with making T-Shirt quilts.

Trudy, Helene, Gail, Holly, Shannon, and Shelly all shared their awesome tips. Check out the TShirt Post under Resources – Quilt Tips.

There was much oooing and aahhhing over show and tell:

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Mary Anne brought some lovely inherited pieced arcs to Quilters Block – What would you do with these pieces?

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Janet is wondering if more quilting is needed in the medallions.

 

 

 

 

Block Lotto

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Twists! Everyone did such a lovely job on these half-rectangle blocks in Halloween colors. Congrats to Karen M for winning this month’s blocks.

 

 

 

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Photo, piecing, and quilting by Verena at einfach bunt…

October’s Block Lotto is “Confetti.” Check the Block Lotto page for information on this month’s block.

Please recommend a block and colors for the upcoming months – See any of our officers for suggestions.

 

 

 

Random Give Aways…

Thank you to Cecile for donating a lovely Fat Quarter bundle (which Karen A forgot to photo…sorry Cecile!)