T-shirt Demolition Continues

We continue the journey of making our first t-shirt quilt.  A good friend, Pat, asked us if we would take her beloved dive t-shirts and make them into a usable quilt.  Toward that end, we started cutting them up – scary!  The pieces are not to size yet but rather just to get rid of the extra bulk.

T-shirt Demolition Measuring

Next we (Sue) measured and recorded each design.  I took those measurements and cut out small pieces from graph paper.  This was the recommendation of Kate from Katie Mae Quilts.  She suggested using 1/10 graph paper and I gave it a try.  Thank you Kate!

T-shirt 2

Last week in Demise of a T-Shirt – Step 2, we shared Dawn’s technique for determining the layout of her t-shirt quilt.  Dawn also uses a smaller scale to represent the t-shirts and works with those pieces to determine the layout.  We used a combination of Dawn’s and Kate’s method with small pieces of paper to play around with a layout.  The small pieces sure makes it easy to move them around! (Edited and corrected to reflect Dawn’s correct method!)

T-shirt 3

This may still be tweaked a bit.  We need to give some consideration to the colors in all the shirts.  That will be out next step along with determining some sashing color suggestions for Pat to consider.


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7 Responses

  1. Roseanne, nobody can say that you haven’t thought this through. I just know all of this planning will payoff in the end. Keep up the great work. 😊

  2. Dawn Tornes says:

    Thanks for mentioning me in your post. I just wanted to clarify that I don’t cut paper pieces to the actual size but cut pieces from graph paper to represent the size. I think I used 2″ per each 1/4″ square as you can see on my post.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Dawn,
      Thanks for clarifying that!! I totally misunderstood and I apologize. Then I used your idea, too – only at a smaller scale. I think I’ll edit the post to reflect that. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Shannon Fleming says:

    You could write the color on the squares or use some markers to draw a line on them to note the color of each shirt. Then you’d be doing two things at once!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Shannon,
      We did try that – so many of the t-shirts are dark that I think it’s going to be impossible to get a good balance. But we’ll give it a try. ~smile~ Roseanne

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