My sister recently asked about making a tee shirt quilt for my nephew who will be graduating from high school this spring. I've heard they're difficult and wonder if anyone has done this. His shirts are actually soccer jerseys so they aren't tee shirt material but a slicker, heavier fabric. Any ideas/suggestions greatly appreciated!
I am no expert, but what I have done in the past is stablilise with iron on interfacing and then treat as other stabilised fabrics. It worked well for me in wall hangings that were quilted, from memory I did not extend the interfacing into the seam allowance in an attempt to reduce the bulk.
That's what I'd be doing too Curlytop. The fabric of tshirts is knit fabric and tends to want to stretch at the drop of a hat. It's better to stabilise it with some iron on interfacing which will hold it whilst you put it into a qult formation.
Sorry, no suggestions here, but I've got two piles of t's one for my son (little league-high school baseball) and one for my daughter, (cheerleading)and am nervous about getting these started. so, I'm hoping to see an answer for you/us too! so, in advance "Thanks quilters!!"
PS I've already bought a whole role of interfacing and am ready to go, except for the design and the nerve!
A brief update...when I received the box of shirts from my sister it contained 30 shirts; 15 polyester or nylon and 15 cotton tees. I decided to use the polyester & nylon ones for the top and put my nephew's senior picture in the center. I have the top together with sashing and plan to add a 6" border. I've cut the portions I want from the cotton shirts and plan to fuse & applique them around the border. We are RV full-timers and spending the next couple of weeks slowly moving north from FL so have put my project on hold for a little bit. Will post a picture when completed. I've really enjoyed planning this project and seeing it come together and it's not been as difficult as I expected.
I used Pelon craft fuse, a nonwoven fusible interfacing on the shirts. I would use something lighter in the future as it's a little stiff. I used Pelon wonder under to fuse the cotton shirt pieces to the border, which worked well.
I do enjoy the full-time RV life, where I meet so many wonderful crafters. One of our winter destinations is where I learned to quilt. It's not difficult to machine piece in our 5th wheel but it's helpful to be in an RV park with a clubhouse for quilting as I can usually put several large tables together for a larger, better workspace. It's a lot of carting back & forth at times, but so far enjoyable.
I so enjoy your forum, Judie, and your weekly newsletters; keep up the good work!
My granddaughter is a sophomore tennis player and my daughter has asked if I could do a t-shirt quilt for her for graduation. Can anyone point me to a good resource, instruction, pattern for this? I have never done one before, and I was concerned talking about interfacing and Pellon, as I don't know how stiff this should be. I am not going to start this quilt for a year and a half, but I was following this subject to see what you are doing! Thanks!