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    T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

    I've just been asked to make my first t-shirt quilt. While doing my research, I've come across so many people saying they would never make another. Can you tell me what specifically it is you don't like? I still have time to back out! Thanks!
    Last edited by mcwade; June 26, 2019, 10:09 AM.

    #2
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    OMG, I just cut up about 20 shirts this morning. I'm a little nervous going forward but like anything else I do, I take it one step at a time. Will I make another? Time will tell. Interested to hear others' opinion.

    Gina

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      #3
      Re: T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

      I suspect that it is mainly because t-shirts are made from a stretchy material. If you iron a light weight interfacing to the t shirt before you cut them up, you will save yourself most of the grief.

      Good luck
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        #4
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        Mostly because I think they are ugly. You DID ask....
        TRUTH is seldom appreciated, unless you happen to agree with it. When you don't agree, you just call it rude.

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          #5
          Re: T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

          I’ve made several- mostly as a way to save old shirts that kids want to keep and I don’t want to store any more. They are not hard to make ( do use the interfacing on the back to keep the stretch under control) and can even be kind of fun to design. Mine were all sashed with cotton fabric, both for looks and to deal with odd sizes. Low loft batting or back with fleece and skip it entirely as they are heavy. Simple straight line quilting, just enough to stabilize the batting and keep backing in place - or I have tied them with yarn instead. They make good durable car blankets.
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            #6
            Re: T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

            I've made a number of them, and once I figured out a specific way to do them I have no problem making them. If the client doesn't like the way I do them, then they need to find another quilter to work with. All of my customers so far have loved their quilts! I make my blocks all the same size, (12-1/2" by 13-1/2"). If shirts have small logos, I use more than one to make a block that size. I use jelly roll strips for sashing, and may or may not put a border on. The biggest I will make is one with 30 shirts, which ends up being About queen size ( because of the size of my long arm frame) . So they can be made with 9, 12, 16, 20, 25, or 30 shirts. I've made several with Minky backing. They are heavy, but oh so soft! And the clients love them! I do quilt them on a long arm. The are good money makers and don't really take that long to make.

            Here's my protocol:
            1. Rough cut the shirt, cutting larger than the design
            2. Interface the rough cut shirt, ironing well to adhere. I have been using a non woven Pelion fusible interfacing, gives very good stability to the shirt, some use Pellon SF101, or a fusible knit interfacing, both of those are more expensive.
            3. Using my 12-1/2" square ruler, I Center the design, knowing I will slide my ruler down 1" to make the block 13-1/2" long. Cut with rotary cutter. Combine smaller logos to make the 12-1/2" by 13-1/2" size block. Most screen printed designs will fit within this size area.
            4. Lay out blocks in a pleasing design for the quilt
            5 cut sashing pieces and cornerstones. I make my horizontal sashing for each row first. Add one more than you have rows for the top border
            6. Sew sashing strips to the sides of the blocks and make your rows
            7. Using your horizontal sashing strips, sew rows together.
            8. -add borders if needed.
            9 sandwich quilt and bind
            10. Give to recipient and enjoy their smiles!
            Last edited by Jean Sewing Machine; June 27, 2019, 03:07 AM.

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              #7
              Re: T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

              I've made a number of them, and once I figured out a specific way to do them I have no problem making them. If the client doesn't like the way I do them, then they need to find another quilter to work with. All of my customers so far have loved their quilts! I make my blocks all the same size, (12-1/2" by 13-1/2"). If shirts have small logos, I use more than one to make a block that size. I use jelly roll strips for sashing, and may or may not put a border on. The biggest I will make is one with 30 shirts, which ends up being About queen size ( because of the size of my long arm frame) . So they can be made with 9, 12, 16, 20, 25, or 30 shirts. I've made several with Minky backing. They are heavy, but oh so soft! And the clients love them! I do quilt them on a long arm. The are good money makers and don't really take that long to make.

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                #8
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                I agree with Denise, as long as you use a light weight interfacing, I thought it was relatively easy. Maybe it did take a little more thought in designing the blocks to come out to be the same sizes before assembling but I thought that was part of the design fun :-)
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                  #9
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                  I made one for my DGS for his graduation. I said never again, due to the weight, way too much work with DSM!!! My DGD, now wants one for her graduation, in 4 years, maybe I will have a long arm by then!!!

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                    #10
                    Re: T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

                    I am sitting on 11 shirts (the 12th has supposedly been "on its way" for a couple years now) to make a quilt for a friend.

                    the only reasons I haven't started it are:
                    -I have never worked with fusible interfacing before. terrified I will not get it right.
                    -I hear they are very heavy and am worried it will be too hard on my machine
                    -and the biggest reason is: the memories the person handed to me are precious and I am terrified I will make a hash of it and she will be angry.

                    now I shouldn't be terrified. It is only fabric and frankly when she sent it to me she said it was a HUGE weight off her shoulders to pass it on. But since she isn't a quilter, and very rarely sews she has no idea that a tshirt quilt isn't the same as a cotton fabric quilt she sees me make all the time. Her expectations and mine are on different levels. (and keep adding that dash of "precious memories of her dearly beloved" in there and you'll get my feeling of terror) And I should just think that as a muggle she won't see the bits that are a little wonky to me. She will just see the longed for quilt that she has wanted for the last couple years.

                    Anyway that is what I am telling myself and my goal is to finish it this summer come what may. I will gladly be your "omgosh what did I do now" person if you need someone to check in with. LOL.
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                      #11
                      Re: T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

                      I've never made one before. I'm making it for my good friend & neighbor's sister using the sister's late husband tshirts. I had originally told my neighbor I'd make her sister one thinking I'd get the button shirts. When I got the t's I just silently groaned. What/how to make a quilt out of them? Neighbor said no one was gonna be mad if I decided against the quilt. I've got them prepped & ready to put the interfacing on. THAT interfacing scared the bejeebers more than anything else.

                      It's not gonna stop me.

                      Gina

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                        #12
                        Re: T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

                        Don't be afraid of the fusible interfacing, it's quite easy to use. The main trick is to make sure that you cut it slightly smaller than the piece you are attaching it too. If it's a little too large then you end up ironing it to your ironing board :-)
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                          #13
                          Re: T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

                          I agree the fusible interfacing should not scare you. Put your rough cut t-shirt facedown on the ironing board and iron out any wrinkles, place your fusible interfacing on it with the fusible side to the t-shirt , and follow the directions for the fusible interfacing. Some require steam, some require a dry iron. Your interfacing should have directions with it when you purchase. I personally enjoy the t-shirt quilts, and have made several. I have 2 more on order to make this summer.

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                            #14
                            Re: T-Shirt Quilts - Why don't you like making them?

                            Laura from Sew Very Easy on YouTube has 2 excellent tutorials on T shirt quilts, first one covers the construction of the squares, the second one is about the sashing and quilting.

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNrBz0Jz_nY&t=3s
                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc_16w32E4s
                            Michele

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                              #15
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                              Karen & Chelea, I have the interfacing on. I'll start on the measuring & trimming on Monday. I have the interfacing on all of the back side of the design. I plan to take my time & not stress so I enjoy the process. I have no deadline on completion. I am off to watch the tutorial from Sew Very Easy on the quilting process.

                              I'll keep you posted. If you hear a scream from down South, pay no attention. It's just me doing something wrong cos I wasn't paying attention.

                              Gina

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