Determining Layout of a Memory Quilt
Once I receive your order
form, and your stack of t-shirts, hankies, ties, pageant sashes, or even baby items, I lay out the quilt to determine colors and shape of blocks. If
the quilt is for a person going off to college, it is fun to use the
college's colors in the t-quilt.
the t-shirt quilt is a Memorial quilt it is nice to use the person's favorite colors. Or, I can use colors that compliment the quilt blocks. Once I have an idea of what I want the quilt
to look like. I cut every t-shirt.
Molly in Action Making T-Shirt Quilts
Cutting and Interfacing the blocks
I cut the sides of the shirt to separate the
front and the back, and I cut the sleeves and collar off. Then, I cut every t-shirt into the appropriate size block using a quilt template. These cuts must be exact.
Interfacing is then applied to the back of each t-shirt block to stabilize the knit fabric. All of your t-shirts and blocks are kept safely in a bin labeled with your name.
Sewing the Modern t-shirt quilt
The blocks are positioned out again. For the Modern quilt, I make 7 rows of blocks-3 rows with large blocks, 4 rows with smaller blocks. I continue to arrange the blocks. I make additional blocks where necessary from the t-shirts that remain. I sew each row together until the quilt is complete. 100% cotton batting and backing is added to the quilt. Finally, the quilt is bound.
Sewing the Traditional t-shirt quiltAll sashing shapes are cut from 100% cotton fabric. There are 120 different shapes that I cut and sew together. I make 4 rows of t-shirt blocks, and 5 rows of sashing. The sashing rows are sewed to the t-shirt rows until the quilt is all sewn together.
100% cotton batting and the backing that you selected are then cut and basted to the quilt. Hand quilting is done, and then the entire quilt is bound.
This picture shows the actual hand quilting that is done. This phase takes the longest. The stitches are made using white quilting thread. This also shows the piecing together of the sashing.
A beautiful meandering stitch is used for the larger sized quilts. The stitching is done through out the entire quilt. This stitching is needed due to the weight of the large quilts. It really gives the quilt a finished look. You can see more pictures of this in my Photo albums link above.
Or, a wonderful swirling stitch can be used. The stitching is done through
out the entire quilt. This stitching is needed due to the weight of the
large quilts. You get to choose which style of stitching. You can see
more pictures of this in my Photo albums link above.
Binding the t-shirt Quilt
This is the final stage. The quilt is bound using the same fabric that is used for the backing.
To the right is 320 inches of binding ready to be sewn on a quilt! I make all of the binding that I use.
The binding "frames" the quilt.
It takes about 10-12 weeks to make a quilt.