Monday, June 13, 2011

T-Shirt Quilt Makeover

Last year, I was asked to "makeover" a t-shirt quilt.  Now, I have to admit that I forgot to take before pictures, and that really bums me out.  Not because it was that bad, but because it was that bad!  (Sorry, Kelly!)

Kelly was in band and graduated in the early 90's.  And after she graduated, she took her band t-shirts, and kind-of cut them square, and haphazardly sewed them together with some other random fabric.  It was in rough shape...

So, I took it, and pondered what to do with it, since the shirts were neither square, nor all the same size.

Her school colors are black and orange.  I looked and looked for some kind of complimentary fabric, and finally found a black background fabric at JoAnn's with musical notes in multiple colors on it.  It was perfect!

But I still had the issue of random sized shirts...

I stabilized them (a definite must for t-shirt quilts!) and then took some of the black music fabric and sewed 1-2 inch strips on all sides of the offending shirts, and then trimmed them all to the same size.  Odd solution, but it ended up blending well...

OK, OK, OK.....  Here are the pics of the finished quilt, since I didn't take before shots:



Happy Recipient

With both of us

And this one she posted to Facebook laying over her sofa. 
She said that she has napped under it many times.  And that makes me happy...  And I learned that I actually REALLY enjoyed making this T-Shirt quilt.  I'd be happy to make MORE of these...  I've got to add one of these to my growing project list!

Have you made a T-shirt quilt?  Would you have one made for you?  It sure is a fun way to save memories and have something to snuggle under....



thea said...

Super cute! How did you stabilize the t-shirts?

Lynne said...

Kelly looks really happy with the finished quilt and I would be too - it's terrific!

Please excuse my ignorance (I'm a newbie to quilting) - I didn't even know what a tee-shirt quilt was but now I do! Thank you.

AMW said...

@thea - There are different ways to stabilize the T-shirts, I use an iron-on lightweight interfacing to the back. Seems to work well enough for me!

Thanks Lynne for the comment! Welcome!