Around here, school is still in session and graduation parties have begun. Back in my old stomping ground…the Midwest…graduations have happened and all ages are out of school. Why do I bring up graduations? I am a very proud aunt and got to attend my brother’s oldest HS graduation party! Katie, we are so proud of you! (and she has requested a t-shirt quilt!!). So I’m using some of my “old” t-shirts to play with random size and placement technique. I’ve made the simple block type. The dance quilt below is one I helped a friend with a couple years ago.
And here is my random pieced quilt!
I love how it turned out. There are several places where I had partial seams. I’ll give some tips on that next week. For this week, I’d like to recommend a great T-shirt quilt book. “How to Make a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt” by Andrea T. Funk. This has great steps. One of the additions that I did, that she does not, is to apply a stabilizer. I used the cheapest fusible Pellon.
#1- Use a fusible interfacing/stabilizer to help control the stretch of T-shirts.
Andrea recommends you cut every shirt to a size divisible by 4. Great tip and one I highly recommend! I cut my own templates from plexiglass I purchased at Lowe’s. (Actually, I had someone at Lowes make a couple of the larger cuts and did the rest myself…I got better cuts!)
#2- Keep cut T-shirt sizes consistent. Whether you use 4″ increments or another number, it makes random piecing a breeze. Everything fits!
More T-shirt tips next week!