Finished T-Shirt Quilt for Pat

We stretched out a bit from our usual baby quilt box this year.  Technically, last year as well because we made five queen size quilts for our peeps.  Of course, not much tops my Postcard quilt in my book.  Even when I say I love a quilt and can’t part with it like Bubbles, it’s not as great as the afore mentioned Postcard.  In March, Pat asked us if we would make her a t-shirt quilt using her collection from diving.  Of course I said yes.  I really can’t ever say no – just ask Sue.

Devising a T-shirt Layout

We set about looking at the shirts and coming up with a layout for the potential quilt.  Pat gave us free reign thankfully and we just ran with it, choosing what we thought looked best.  Here is our first layout, cut from Excel boxes to match the t-shirt sizes.  That didn’t last long because I didn’t mark which was the width/length so that was a little frustrating for Sue.  Oops!  I am sorry even though I was laughing about it for quite a while.  She forgave me.

Cutting those t-shirts apart was SCARY.  There’s no turning back now . . .

Tee Demise

We Got Past the Wrong Measurements

After much debate and plenty of remeasuring, we came up with a ‘final’ layout.  We decided that we weren’t going to add a border to each t-shirt, but rather to just those that needed it to even out the sizing.  We got all the rows together, and had to rip off the fifth row because the two Dive, Dive, Dive Nassau shirts were too close together.  Here is the t-shirt flimsy prior to quilting.

T-shirt flimsy

It was time to pick out the perfect backing, one that would represent the pretty blue waters of the Caribbean.  We thought this fit the ticket very well.

Cosmos Teal

T-shirt Quilting

Once the perfect backing was in-house, it was time to layer it up, pin and get started on quilting.  We elected to use a 80/20 batting between the interfaced t-shirts and backing.  The quilting pins came out (picture one), the walking foot went on along with some blue Gutermann thread and quilting commenced (picture two).  Following the masking tape set on the diagonal for the first row and then spacing out the next about every two inches, quilting went quickly.



T-shirt Ta-Da

Our friend, Pat received her t-shirt quilt recently and love it.  I think her face pretty much sums it up for her and us.  Her smile makes me ~smile~.


Here’s another shot of Pat with the quilt, and a peek of that backing after quilting and washing.

Lastly, here it is in Pat’s home!

T-shirt Pat Bed

I suspect we will make another t-shirt quilt again soon.


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13 Responses

  1. I hadn’t read this post until today. I absolutely LOVE how this t-shirt quilt turned out, and the backing is perfect (was it knit like the t-shirts or quilting cotton?) Great job! Take care, Mary.

  2. dezertsuz says:

    A beautiful job! I applaud your no-sashing decision. There is enough color in the quilt that it wasn’t needed, and the finish is gorgeous. Love the backing!

  3. You did a wonderful job preserving the tee shirts. Way to go! 😊😁

  4. chrisknits says:

    What cool designs! Great job on the layout!

  5. Awesome T-shirt quilt Ladies! Her smile does say it all 😊

  6. quiltinggail says:

    Very nice!
    The darker mottled blue that you used for borders when needed is perfect!
    I have a bag of t-shirts from a Bible camp and was asked to make a t-shirt quilt … procrastination has been sitting on that bag … you’ve inspired me to perhaps, maybe, get that bag out and take a look at the shirts! We’ll see … maybe next week! 🙂

  7. Kathryn says:

    Amazing and congrats on the finish. You were very brave to do it, and Pat is going to have many happy hours now enjoying it.

  8. I need to do this. I kept all my late husbands T-shirts and want to do it for my daughter.

  9. Dawn says:

    Great job with your t-shirt quilt!

  10. Shannon Fleming says:

    It’s not so scary now that it’s done! From her happy face, looks like you did a wonderful job!

  11. Vicki in MN says:

    You ladies did a fantastic job on the T shirt quilt. Yep Pat’s face says it all;)

  12. I have a pile of my daughter’s t-shirts sitting on my quilt chair as I type this. We were planning to work on it while she was home, but her agenda is mighty busy, so we may only get the shirts cut up. You did a great job on the quilt! The backing was perfect!

  13. Pat Meyer says:

    It is absolutely beautiful!!!! And I couldn’t be happier! Thanks Roseanne and Sue….you truly nailed it!!!

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