Baby Jigsaw and Dive T-shirts

A good friend of ours asked us to make her a quilt from her collection of diving t-shirts.  We have never made a t-shirt quilt . . . but thankfully she is not in a hurry for the quilt.

Dive T-shirts

Dive tshirts

As one might expect, many of the t-shirts have a blueish hue to them.  Several of them have designs on the back side of the t-shirt that I would like to incorporate as well.  One of the shirts is a sleeveless tank top – the white Shark Rodeo in the front row.  I suspect that one will pose a bit of a problem.


Our plan is to cut the shirts apart with plenty of extra fabric surrounding the designs.  Once we can get dimensions for each of the designs, it will be much easier to plan a layout.  Last year at the Nancy’s Notions sale, we picked up a bottle of Terial Magic just for the purpose of making a t-shirt quilt.  The Terial Magic replaces the interfacing that is usually ironed on the back to keep the fabric stable.  We will definitely plan for a sashing around all the different t-shirt squares, perhaps in navy or some other shade of blue.

Baby Jigsaw Quilt

Baby Jigsaw 1

I started working on one of the big items on our UFO list for 2018.  That is the baby quilt size Jigsaw quilt.  We had laid out all the squares and pinned on the little light bulb-shaped jigsaw pieces.  The next step is to appliqué all of the separate pieces on to each square.  I was able to start on that in between working on the Postcard HSTs.


Here’s what they looked like in August when I first shared information about this project.  It hasn’t moved much beyond this other than the squares have been stacked in a cute basket.  I am on a mission to get this finished sooner than later and off the UFO list in the first half of 2018.


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13 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    Both of these look like really fun projects (at least to me!). Can’t wait to see your finishes!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks so much! I have started cutting the t-shirts apart . . . that’s as far as that project is for this weekend. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Roseanne, I’m very intrigued by the tee-shirt quilt. One of my regular customers specializes in that type of quilt. I will have to see what I can learn from watching you. I’m sure she will appreciate the tips. When deciding how you will arrange the shirts might I suggest using your digital camera or phone to view your possibilities in “mono” tones to see how they are looking. The process can help to avoid concentrated areas of dark fabrics. Just a suggestion. 🙂

  3. Kathryn says:

    That tee shirt quilt will be amazing when you get to it. How interesting that the Terial Magic can be used instead of interfacing, would certainly make it a little easier I’d think anyway. All the best when you get to it.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Kathryn,
      I think I will starting cutting apart the t-shirts this weekend, just to see how big, how many, etc. The spray should make the process easy . . . in theory. We’ll see how it goes. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. quiltinggail says:

    I will be watching your t-shirt quilt process … I, too, have a bunch of t-shirts given to me for a specific quilt … and I’m hesitant to start … Thanks for posting about it! And I love the jigsaw quilt – it’ll be sew very cute! 🙂

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Gail,
      I will try to share my whole process – successful or not. It is a learning adventure – may as well make the most of it. Right?! I have a bag of t-shirts from Sue’s brother that died over two years ago. I need to do something with them as well. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Vicki in MN says:

    Love what Shannon said, so right on!! Since it seems you have these labeled you should be able to whip right through those appliques in no time! Chop, chop!!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Vicki,
      They do pop up without warning sometimes, and I am thankful for that! It would be pretty boring if I just had to work on my own stuff . . . And you should talk about new projects, Missy! ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Shannon Fleming says:

    New projects seem to pop up faster than we can get them done. It’s a constant problem!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Shannon,
      Those new projects keep us learning new stuff and our interests high. Otherwise, what would we do without some UFOs?!! ~smile~ Roseanne

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