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Subject: T-Shirt quilt
Date Posted: 1/28/2012 9:25 PM ET
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Has anyone made one? I am considering starting one from my grandson's personalized T-shirts. Any helpful hints?

Shelly -
Date Posted: 4/21/2012 10:57 PM ET
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Make sure to use stabilizer. Are you going to quilt it or tie it? If quilting it, be sure to watch your seams so they aren't to thick. 

Date Posted: 4/24/2012 6:58 PM ET
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Ditto to the stabilizer.  These are very hard to work with because the t-shirts are usually knit fabrics and stretch every which way.  Very few professional quilters will quilt them because they are so stretchy that the quilt puckers too easily.  Tied is an easier way to go.  That said, cut the motifs in uniform sizes using a rotary cutter, then frame each one in a cotton fabric sashing.This will help reduce the stretching.  Measure the sashing strips accurately and make the knit fabric fit to reduce distortion.   Tie the quilt at the intersections with perle cotton thread or yarn.  Use a batting that can stand up to very little quilting and is a bit puffy to take up the fullness.  This is the one time I would choose a polyester instead of a cotton batting.

Here are a couple of links to how-to articles - T-Shirt Quilts  - Tshirt Quilt Instructions 

Good luck!!

Date Posted: 4/24/2012 11:26 PM ET
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Thank you!!!!

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 4/25/2012 6:39 PM ET
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I made one with my mom out of my favorite old tshirts. We also used the iron on stabilizer and that helped alot as a few of the tshirts were old and thin.  It helped keep all the stretchy shirts from twisting or rolling. They came out great, and I call it my magic blanket, when I'm cold or sick or homesick, it always makes me feel better :)  My mom has made several more for my sister, husband and friend.

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 1:11 PM ET
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I appreciate the tips.  I've been saving my DDs sports tshirts for many years so I could make a quilt from them.

Date Posted: 8/8/2012 9:02 PM ET
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I agree with the stabilizer... but be sure to get the right kind.  I have felt quilts that are stiff and not cozy because they used the all purpose iron on stuff.  There is a slightly stretchy kind that leaves the shirts soft but I don't know the name of it.  I just asked at my quilt shop and they had it.  Also, if you google t-shirt quilts there are tons of great ideas on layout, sashing and allthat.  good luck!!

Date Posted: 9/15/2013 6:17 PM ET
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I just happened upon this thread, and I'm glad I did! A dear friend was killed earlier this year, and I'm using his T-shirts to make memory quilts for his sisters. I wondered if I should use a stabilizer or not- glad to see that it was addressed, and glad my instinct that I should was right on!