Finished T-Shirt Quilt

T_shirt quiltComing in just under the 5-year mark, I’ve finished my T-shirt quilt! The quilt is titled “A Few of My Favorite Things” because I’ve used my favorite old T-shirts that I could part with and some of my favorite fabrics (from about 5 years ago). It’s been a long time in the making, and I can’t want to snuggle up under it.

Previously, I had blogged about making the quilt top (with some embroidery added to fill in some of the white space on the T-shirts) and finding the right border fabric (you can read that post here). The latest hold-up for this quilt was the quilting. When I finally worked up the gumption to dive in to the quilting, I did a few blocks and then realized I didn’t like it. So then it sat for a while (months) longer while I worked up the gumption to take out that quilting and start again.

The quilting I ended up with is just straight lines in the printed fabrics and tack-down stitches on the T-shirts. Nothing too fancy or dense, but it all takes time.

T_shirt quilt detailWith the quilting finally done, I was ready to get this project off my list. But I still had the binding to do. I auditioned a few solid and solid-reading fabrics, but Greg and I both thought they would be a visual let-down given the rest of the quilt. So I went with this orange dot fabric. It turned out brighter than I thought it would, and it’s possibly a bit distracting. But the fabric is definitely one of my favorite ones, so I think it works.

The back is one fabric, just a pretty print I got on sale at the Herrschner’s warehouse sale last year.

T-shirt quilt back

I love this quilt for so many reasons. First, I’m proud that I made the whole thing myself. I learned a lot while making it, especially about working with knits. And the shirts and the fabrics bring back so many memories. A few of the shirts I received as gifts from my friend, Lynn. Several I associate with my sister, Carrie. One I received from my sister, Brenda. Two I bought on work trips for my first job. And then there’s the fabric, many of which I bought on shopping trips with my mom. So, so many wonderful memories. All wrapped up in a quilt that I can’t wait to wrap up in.

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  1. Carrie

     /  March 22, 2013

    Very nice, Chris. I love the colors and fabrics, and of course, the T-shirts. Can’t wait to see it in person!

  2. I like the dotty binding, no place to be boring.

  3. Nancy

     /  March 23, 2013

    I love the beautiful fabrics you used with your tees. I usually see solids like red, white, gray, or black, but your fabrics make your quilt so much more fun. Nice work, Christine!

    • Thanks, Nancy. I’m not a sports girl, so all of my shirts were ones I bought (or received) for fun. That means a lot more color to work with!

  4. This is the best t-shirt quilt I’ve ever seen. For real. Good stuff, CD.

  5. Siobhan Millen

     /  April 5, 2014

    Hey, Christine! I stumbled on your quilt during a Google search for scrappy t shirt quilts. Great job! I am
    getting inspired to make one for my daughter. I also find many t shirt quilts to have too much t shirt, not enough quilt. So I appreciate your differing sizes of blocks, and fun, girly colors. Thx!

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