Sydney’s T-shirt Quilt is Finished OMG

Sydney’s t-shirt quilt is our project to work on this month as our June OMG and it is finished.  Woot woot!  Patty at Elm Street Quilts hosts a monthly OMG linky party and we take great inspiration from this.  Thank you, Patty – we sure do appreciate the linkup opportunity each and every month.

Sydney’s Oodles of T-Shirts

My great-niece, Sydney, has had a lot of excitement in her life recently.  She just turned 18-years-old and graduated from high school.  Throughout her schooling, Sydney has excelled in both swimming and gymnastics.  She gave us a bag of t-shirts and sweatshirts saved from a variety of meets and competitions to use in the making of a quilt for her.

Some silky jerseys and sweatshirts had to be set aside and didn’t make the cut but this stack will suffice!

Sydney’s T-shirt Quilt

Since both her birthday and graduation both happened this month, making the quilt our OMG project to quilt this behemoth seems like the perfect choice.  T-shirts were cut apart and interfacing ironed on the back of each t-shirt for stability.

A layout was determined and the rows stitched together – before you know it we had a good-sized quilt top.

Sydney quilt top

Layering and Quilting Sydney’s Quilt

We found a paint-spattered fabric that was the perfect backing for this quilt.  Spatter Wide by Robert Kaufman is the name of the fabric and it is 108″ wide so no need for a seam.  Once we received it from Missouri Star Quilt Company in the mail we got it layered in no time.

Paint Spatter

Straight-line quilting ensued – that’s my go-to choice for stitching t-shirt quilts.

A Finish and Sydney’s Delivery

We had a little bit of sunshine coming through the living room windows for its photo op.  Then we hit the road and delivered the finished quilt to my sister because Sydney was working.  At the time, we didn’t know about a graduation celebration to be held in July but we didn’t want to withhold the present any longer.

Syd sunshine

Sydney’s birthday celebration included a delicious chocolate cake followed by a slightly different graduation ceremony held on TV.

When Syd gets to leave for college later this year she’ll have a quilt to keep herself warm and covered in our {{hugs}} and love.  Here is the graduate with the quilt and another shot of her and her dad, my nephew, Jim.  We’ll call this a success all the way around.


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22 Responses

  1. Fauntie Phillips says:

    Can you tell me what interfacing you used? I have just had a request to do a t-shirt quilt and in 35 years of quilting I’ve never done one.
    Thanks so much,
    Fauntie Phillips
    Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada

  2. What a great finish and judging by Sydney’s smile she is thrilled with the quilty hugs she is feeling.

  3. patty says:

    Great quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  4. I just love this quilt Roseanne. Congrats to Sydney. She looks super-pleased with it!. Being wrapped in such love will sure help during the first year of college. And yep, I will be talking to you later this year when it comes time to make the t-shirt quilt for Brady that I will be doing once I get the t-shirts.

  5. Woohoo! Congrats on the t-shirt quilt finish. Looks like it was a big hit. What a wonderful thing for Sydney to have when she goes away to college. Ginny
    Ginny 🙂

  6. Cathy says:

    Congrats on the finish! What a wonderful quilt so full of memories.

  7. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, That smile says it all! You did a marvelous job in sewing this quilt together with all of the steps and then your great quilting. I am thrilled that you shared all of these fabulous pictures with us and your superb talent and it always inspires me! I hope that you have a special day!

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    What a fantastic finish. Some of those shirts are so lovely. What a great job in putting them all together into a top and then to find the right back and finally to quilt that heavy baby! Congratulations.

  9. Sharon says:

    So nice! She looks happy!

  10. Ahhhh It is a great success!! What a great quilt – with cool memories!!

  11. Denise says:

    I love it. I love that the staggered look. Great job!

  12. Connie says:

    Beautiful! I was waiting to see this one…it looks fantastic…would love to make a quilt of dreams myself! All her hard work and aspirations fulfilled right there…and part of yours… love it!

  13. Sydney’s t -shirt turned out great, Roseanne! I love the quilting and the backing is definitely perfect for it. She looks like a happy girl – I can tell she loves her quilt, too!

  14. Yay for the finish! Her big smile says it all!

  15. I love everything about Sydney’s quilt—the offset blocks, the quilting, and especially the happy photos you included. Awesome! Have a great day, Mary.

  16. karenfae says:

    looks like the quilt was a success – happy birthday to Sydney

  17. Vicki in MN says:

    First off congrats on the finish I know you are excited about that! And someone else is looking pretty excited about the quilt-so fun to see her smiling face with the quilt. It turned out wonderful with your diamond cross hatch. Ahhh now you can move on to the next project.

  18. Laura says:

    What a fabulous gift! Warm and fuzzy memories given with loads of love! 🙂

  19. Cocoa Quilts says:

    Great work on this one! It turned out perfectly and her big smile shows it is a winner.

  20. Kate Swallows says:

    Such a fun finish. Based on Sydney’s smile, it looks like the quilt was a big hit. Congrats on the finish, that’s a big one to get off the list.

  21. Kathryn says:

    Oh gosh I love it. It is such a great way to honour all her achievements in swimming and gym and remind her of those great times. It will certainly keep her warm and more ways than one. Love the backing. Was just reading an email from one of our NZ quilt shops delighting in the interesting backing fabrics that are now appearing.

  22. quiltinggail says:

    YAY!!!! I’m SEW happy that you finished Sydney’s quilt!!!! Whoot whoot!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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