Then last week I found a new book, T Shirt Quilts Made Easy at Quilt in Joy and since I found it, now I’m seeing it in a lot of places. In fact two of the quilt shops are offering classes. I’m just going with the book if y’all don’t mind. The author Martha Deleonardis, has a very creative eye to make tee shirts look much better than those that I’s seen just sewn together.
I waited till my son was done with law school to approach this project. I took tees from his middle school football, through high school football and wrestling, his undergrad sweatshirt and tees, and one from law school. Some I had to piece together.
The author suggests that you get a 12 ½ “ x 12 ½ “ ruler. Got that, I used my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby. It does make it much easier to cut the blocks. I will say this though, as much as I measure and when I have to piece two different knits together, they’re never the same in length, or on two that I had to piece. Go figure.
For those of you new to quilting the author uses a 9 patch approach. She gives you patterns to follow. Each shows better ways to make the quilt/throw look better than a plain old tee shirt. I had nine blocks – believe me that’s a pretty big block. I may be using only 8, we’ll see.
Anyway it’s just a start. I’m auditioning the blocks and the fabric placement before I stopped. I need to call the quilting lady to see if she quilts tee shirt quilts. Hope so. the author says some do not quilt them. Great.
People always ask if I do this, I don’t. In fact this is my first one. I do know people that do this and the charge is between $500 to $1,00. Yep, it’s expensive.