New Orleans House Project

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

T-Shirt Quiltathon: Three Down, One to Go!

 The T-Shirt Quiltathon is almost complete!

To recap:  on December 31, 2020, I decided to turn four plastic bins full of t-shirts into the quilts I had procrastinated on making for years.  I opted for a simple plan of stabilized t-shirt designs (cut from the front or back of the shirt) with basic sashing, borders and cornerstones.  It didn't take long to assemble four quilts, and I used up some chunks of fabric from my stash in the process.

Dear Hubby had enough t-shirts for two quilts, so I separated them by theme.  

Thanks goodness Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting agreed to long-arm quilt my creations!  Trying to manipulate these guys on a domestic sewing machine would have been a pain.

Once the quilts were quilted, I started making LOTS of bias binding.  Using the machine binding techniques I had recently practiced, I was able to get the bindings completed in relatively short order.  

Dear Son David's quilt was so big I had to fold it over the gate for a picture.

Dear Hubby's second quilt has t-shirts that celebrate life and vacations in Florida. 

I debated labeling these quilts, since I consider them just a step above utility quilts.  Labels won out, in part because of the memories reflected in all the t-shirts.

I found the perfect size scrap of baseball fabric for my hubby's sports-themed quilt.  The gray and blue zig-zag fabric I used for the backing was also a fortuitous find in the stash.

David is a fan of puns, so I thought he would appreciate this musical name for his quilt.

I haven't finished the label for hubby's vacation quilt, but it will include this last bit of t-shirt remnant.  The backing fabric on this quilt is from Fabric Finders, a regional fabric firm that makes lots of fabrics with Louisiana themes.

There's only one t-shirt quilt left to bind and label - of course I saved mine for last.  We're in for a spate of stormy weather over the next couple of days, so I have the perfect Stay Home and Sew project!


  1. Wow, Angie! These are wonderful. I love the labels, you are so creative.

  2. Even though the t-shirt quilts are kind of utility quilts they do commemorate a person's life interests, and for many will be cherished perhaps more than used. Your labels are wonderful reminders of a special person's love of the featured theme, and your love for them as maker of the quilts. Kudos to you and to Diane for her lovely quilting!

  3. I'm so glad you went ahead and added the labels. It's good to document all our work and remind the recipient how and why you made them. Love the pun!

  4. Wow, the t-shirt quilts have turned out so fantastically - well beyond anything I could even imagine! And Diane’s quilting is perfect, as always. Congrats on whipping those old UFOs into shape. Now I can’t wait to see yours. xo

  5. Angie you turn things into the most beautiful quilts - even T-Shirt quilts! Hugs

  6. Those turned out beautifully, Angie!!

  7. These t-shirt quilts are fantastic! They are so well laid out and the quilting is great too! Must be a great feeling to be getting these finished!