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Memories Light the Corners of My Mind

May 15, 2008

As the Fabric Maverick reminded us, there are new beginnings happening all around us. I made a memory jar to commemorate my daughter's First Mother's Day. I was afraid she might think it was hokey, but she seemed genuinely touched.  I have long thought that gifts revolving around memories will be appreciated longer than a gift of the moment such as money or jewelry. Memory quilts capture moments in time.  A memory quilt can be a signature quilt, a photo quilt, a T-shirt quilt or a combination of all of these. These are all great fun to plan and make. I think a T-shirt quilt is ideal for the young graduate. With their help, you can select the T-shirts they love. Select a novelty fabric for the sashing which might recall a hobby or sport they were involved in. For instance, a football player might like BC-744 or a musical person might like BI-926.

 

At HGTV, you can find the full instructions with pictures to make a T-shirt quilt.

 Instructions:

- Prewash all T-shirts, but don't use softener on them. The T-shirt fabric will not adhere to the fusible interfacing when softener is used.

- You'll need 100 percent cotton fabric for the sashing and backing.

- Fusible interfacing needs to be non-woven, glued only on one side and should not be paper-backed. Paper-backed interfacing usually means that both sides are glue-based. Misty Fuse and Fusiknit are good interfacings to use.

- You'll also need a clear plastic template cut to the desired size your T-shirt panels will be.

Steps:

  1. Place the clear plastic template on the T-shirt over the panel and make a rough cut around the template. Cut a piece of fusible interfacing the same size.
  2. Turn the T-shirt over so the panel is facing the table and place the interfacing on the T-shirt.
  3. Next, place a damp cloth over the interfacing and iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. Place the T-shirt on a rotary mat and trim to desired size of T-shirt block adding 1/2-inch for seam allowances. Ours were cut at 12 1/2 inches.
  5. Repeat the above steps for all T-shirts, then lay out design.
  6. The sashing that goes in between the T-shirt blocks measures 12 1/2" x 2". The cornerstones are two-inch squares. Attach these to the quilt.
  7. It is best to tie a T-shirt quilt, but machine quilting is also acceptable. It's not recommended that you hand-quilt. It's very hard for the needle to get in between the fibers of the T-shirt dyes and motifs.

Here are some examples of T- shirt quilts from About.com :

 t shirt quilt

 t shirt quilt

 

These can be addictive. Graduates will enjoy these for years to come.

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8 Comments

I have been wanting a T-shirt quilt pattern for years. Your pattern confirmed that just what I thought should be done was correct. Thanks!

I have made 2 quilts each using 20 12 1/2" blocks with 2" sashing.
These were made from my pastor's shirts that he has accumulated over the past 15 years of running. The quilts were gifts for his grandsons.

They are lots of fun to do. Now I have another pastor interested in having one made up.

Evelyn in NJ

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The website is absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!Please keep 'em coming... you hve done such a great job at such Concepts... can't tell you how much I appreciate all you do!

This is so creative. I can totally make one with all my old highschool tshirts.

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