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    Shirt quilt advice and tips?

    Ok, it's not a T shirt quilt exactly. I have several of my brother's Hawaiian shirts that I want to make a memorial quilt. They are either 100% cotton or 100% rayon. A couple have a linen like texture that makes them feel light and airy. I cut a few pieces to experiment on and I'm coming up with some questions.

    Do I need to iron on a stabilizer as for T shirt quilts? The linen like fabrics seem to have a lot of movement. Not stretchy, but I can easily get them out of shape just by tugging a corner.

    If I need a stabilizer what (in your opinion) would be best? And should I use it on all the fabrics?

    I'm wondering if I should use an overlock type stitch? Would this help with any fraying or should I stick with stabilizer and straight stitch?

    I've never made a T shirt quilt and I'm searching the internet I'm getting both use and don't use stabilizer. I know T shirt material curls and stretches, but these shirts do not curl (some were expensive!).

    My brother passed unexpectedly three years ago Christmas Eve, and it's taken me this long to finally decide on a design and start cutting those shirts I definitely want it to be a testament to his memory and an heirloom.

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    Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

    We need Jean Sewing Machine to chime in on this one. I know she did a quilt from Hawaiian shirts that turned out so cute. She would be the "expert" to ask.
    K is for Karen 😊​..................
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      #3
      Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

      Sorry for your loss : (

      I have lived in Hawaii for forty years and I know all the fabrics you mention. You don't need to stabilize them, but rather treat them like any other fabric you purchase. I would first de-bone them all to get as much usable pieces as you can use and do something like a D9P or you can just use the backs. Cut them all the same size and patch them together with or without borders. My mother in law made a lot of Hawaiian quilts for all the family. I'll go hunt them down.


      Google search..
      https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...lt&FORM=HDRSC2
      🌺 Lorie

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        I put some of her quilts in my album. As you can see she did the same pattern for everyone. People just gave her squares all the time. lol Anyway, she made 'summer quilts' with no batting and no quilting. She really wasn't a quilter, but a gifter

        https://forum.missouriquiltco.com/al...p?albumid=2303

        One was falling apart, so I took a picture to explain to the family how she made them. My Dh was the baby and we got the most quilts in a huge family. hee hee
        🌺 Lorie

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          Wow love all those quilts!

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            Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

            Here's a close up of one of the "linen like" fabrics. You can barely see the printing on my ironing pad under it.

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              I would say that's barkcloth. It's used a lot over here. It shrinks like crazy, but if they were washed a lot there is a stopping point so to speak. I had a couple of button downs and always sized up. It gets really soft after awhile.
              🌺 Lorie

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                Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

                Originally posted by Hulamoon View Post
                I would say that's barkcloth. It's used a lot over here. It shrinks like crazy, but if they were washed a lot there is a stopping point so to speak. I had a couple of button downs and always sized up. It gets really soft after awhile.
                I does look and feel like bark cloth! I wasn't sure if it was an actual cotton fabric, but apparently it is. It is very soft and flexible.

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                  #9
                  Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

                  Check out the pattern below. Sorry the link is so long. In the even Jean doesn't chime in, I think this is the pattern that Karen was referring to. The quilt is super cute and perfect for Hawaiian shirts.

                  https://www.etsy.com/listing/7024534...cc4e0f691790c9

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                    Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

                    There is another style that a woman from here designed. It was actually hanging in one of my local shops for awhile

                    Postcards From Hawaii


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                    https://lisaboyer.com/pagepc2.htm
                    🌺 Lorie

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                      Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

                      Originally posted by KarenC View Post
                      Check out the pattern below. Sorry the link is so long. In the even Jean doesn't chime in, I think this is the pattern that Karen was referring to. The quilt is super cute and perfect for Hawaiian shirts.

                      https://www.etsy.com/listing/7024534...cc4e0f691790c9
                      I made this one for my cousins. Only the pattern I used the shirts were folded origami style. Great pattern for Hawaiian patterns! I plan on making a wall hanging for myself!

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                        Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

                        I made a quilt f or my aunt from her husband's flannel, soft cotton, and denim button up shirts. I stabilized all the fabric except the heaviest denim, and was glad I did, even if it wasn't strictly necessary. Some of the shirts were pretty well worn, so it helped make them feel like they were going to last longer in a much used quilt.

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                          #13
                          Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

                          Originally posted by KarenC View Post
                          Check out the pattern below. Sorry the link is so long. In the even Jean doesn't chime in, I think this is the pattern that Karen was referring to. The quilt is super cute and perfect for Hawaiian shirts.

                          https://www.etsy.com/listing/7024534...cc4e0f691790c9
                          Here is a link to a free pdf. Same pattern tho.
                          http://www.modafabrics.com/fp_cfac-sunshine.pdf

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                            #14
                            Re: Shirt quilt advice and tips?

                            Originally posted by sydneybean View Post
                            Here is a link to a free pdf. Same pattern tho.
                            http://www.modafabrics.com/fp_cfac-sunshine.pdf
                            Yes that is the pattern my daughter and I used. She made hers with Hawaiian shirts and most were rayon. I think she used SF101 stabilizer on hers. She was only given 7 shirts but she made a lap quilt using the Sunshine pattern, a wall hanging ( using 4 panels from the Fireworks pattern, https://www.connectingthreads.com/fi...mpaign=PPCGNBS) and a shirt front pillow for the widow of her friend who was known for only wearing Hawaiian shirts. It turned out great.

                            The rayon shirts may be fine with no stabilizer, I just think it is a little easier to work with when it is less stretchy and slippery. Your choice!

                            I used tropical print Cotton fat quarters for mine, and made it bed size. It still isn’t quilted yet, my New Years resolution to get it quilted this year!
                            Last edited by Jean Sewing Machine; December 31st, 2019, 01:27 PM.

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