Saturday, September 8, 2012

T-shirt quilt finish! (finally...)

At long last, I have finished Teen Wonder's T-shirt quilt!
A few weeks ago I was ready to have a nervous breakdown over this thing - It's long so it can cover her dorm bed...and I had a heck of a time basting it. bleh.

But here it is in all it's glory! I'm happy with how it turned out, and Teen Wonder loves it.
The shirts in this quilt were collected over many years.  

The backing is the Polka Dot extra wide backing fabric from Moda - I like it, and it looks great; however, it was less substantial feeling than regular quilting cotton. Maybe partially because I pre-washed it which is a step I do or don't do for the backing depending on whether the front fabrics were pre-washed.  I did a very simple organic (i.e. not marked or straight) "straight" line quilting at 2-4" apart running up the length of the quilt. I mainly want it to hold together and I didn't leave any negative space for fancy quilting (not that I know how to do fancy quilting!). Plus I like that the minimalist approach doesn't distract from the random T-shirt themes and motifs.

Teen Wonder takes off tomorrow with her dad to drive up to Portland. I'll fly up Thursday and move her into her dorm in Olympia next Saturday.

I'm excited for her, but it's starting to dawn on me all the little ways we will miss her here.

I'm linking up to some of the Friday finish parties - it's been quite awhile since I've posted. Busy times for me lately! Please follow these links to find more awesome projects posted by talented people:

Whoop it up with Sarah!

TGIFF is hosted at Quokka Quilts this week!


  1. I love this quilt! What a great idea! I am half tempted to try this -- the problem is, I don't sew. I am sure I can get help : ) Wonder Teen with cherish this for years! Karen

  2. Whoop whoop, Janet!!! That is an awesome quilt!!! We're getting ready to start a class in our group on making one of these - lots of ladies want to learn!! Any tips?

  3. I can't imagine quilting tshirts!!! well done!!! :) thanks for linking up with TGIFF

  4. The first quilt I did for my son was a tshirt quilt! Yours is great and she looks so happy. In a few years your bright quilt will look like Nate's--well worn and super soft. I love that lime backing and Whoop Whoop for organic straight line quilting--my new fav!!!

  5. Fantastic t-shirt quilt! It is so nice to have all those memories in one spot!

    I have that same color dottie backing sitting waiting to be basted with a quilt. :)I thought it felt a bit like a blend with polyester after prewashing. It was smoother than most fabrics. Did it sew well?

  6. Congrats on the tshirt finish! can you share...did you interface the tshirts and sew a 0.5 inch seam? also did you press the seams open? I was wondering too~did the front shift as you were quilting it? thanks for taking the time to answer. :)


  7. Oh, it looks fabulous, Janet! What a labor of love. Congratulations!!