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!







7 comments:

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

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  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!

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  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!

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  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

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

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  6. Those turned out beautifully, Angie!!

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  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!

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