Tuesday, November 11, 2008

T-Shirt Quilt

My t-shirt quilt is finished! This is my 4th completed quilt, and probably my favorite so far. It doesn't have the intricacy of some of my others, but it is definitely the coziest. It is extremely warm, perfect for curling up under on the couch. Warmth has increasingly become necessary because I see turning on the heat as a sign of weakness. (Thanks, Mom, for forcing that into me over the freezing years. When it gets below 60 degrees inside I'll start considering it.)

As far as quilts go, this one was super easy. I used a quilting square (a 12-inch piece of plexiglass) to cut out each square, then I ironed some interfacing onto the back of each so that they wouldn't stretch, as t-shirts have a tendency to do. Then I cut out some 2-inch strips and sewed it all together. (Hardly any math involved!) I didn't buy enough fabric for the backing, so I ended up grabbing whatever green fabric I had on my shelf and sewing that in. I machine quilted the whole thing, which probably took the longest, and finally hand-sewed the binding on.

Jason has already given me a hint that he wants one too, judging by the large pile of t-shirts that recently appeared on my quilting table. I usually need a quilting cooling-off period though, after the trauma of trying to shove an 8-lb, 20-square foot quilt through my sewing machine. (I even had to set up a fan because I was sweating so much with the effort.) Quilting: just as good as running a marathon. (Ok, not really.)

8 comments:

Kristin J said...

I really like it. What a great idea to use t-shirts.

knittinandnoodlin said...

Your quilt turned out great! I can only imagine how soft and toasty it must be!

muchadored said...

This is so sweet! I love the idea. I've got all of these old t-shirts of my dad's that are getting really grubby, and this would make such a lovely keepsake. Would you recommend something like this for a first quilt?

joanne said...

Nice quilt. Perhaps you have inspired me to pick mine up again. Perhaps...

Dove Knits said...

I love it! I've always liked the idea of t-shirt quilts, but have never actually SEEN one up close. This one's fantastic.

petunialu said...

very nice!! i always peter out on the quilting part, so good for you for pushing through and completing it despite the heaviness and the heat!

Susan said...

The quilt turned out great. I'm working on a t-shirt quilt for my husband that contains many of his old race t-shirts. It's taken me a long time to do. I just finished quilting it, now I need to bind it off.

Adam said...

You have a quilting table?

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