Thursday, May 24, 2018

T-Shirt Quilt ParadešŸŽ½

  Graduation season is also t-shirt quilt season! Here are 5 t-shirt quilts that have recently come out of the Grace & Peace Quilting studio.
  This first quilt was made by Hannah, close friend of DD2, Susanna. Hannah and Susanna have been working together on this quilt for more than a year, so it's fun to see it come to a finish and get used!

For the backing, Hannah had a favorite piece of fabric she wanted to use, the horse fabric, and she pieced some extra, coordinating fabrics to bring it up to size:


While Hannah was making her quilt, Susanna was making one for herself:

Susanna longarm quilted her t-shirt quilt herself. Here are some of the fun blocks she quilted:

She was excited to find this world map panel (or two) to put on the back of her quilt. She lengthened it with extra-wide Grunge leftover from my recent Ruby Tsunami quilt:

Susanna discovered the following strip of flags after she finished her quilt and appliqued it on. She was especially delighted that it includes the Japanese flag, the country where she grew up:

Number 3:  Sally puzzle-pieced this quilt together from her grandson, Jacob's t-shirts for his high school graduation. Quite an amazing job. 

The backing is an extra-wide black flannel. This is going to be one soft, cuddly quilt! This is Sally's second quilt ever! You can find her first quilt, a t-shirt quilt for her granddaughter, as the last photo on this blog post from two years ago. 
Quilt number 4 was also made by Hannah, maker of the first quilt above. After great success with her own quilt, her mom asked her to make one for her sister, Selah, who is graduating from high school this week. Here's what Hannah made for her sister:

And here's one of her favorite blocks. It had a small hole in it so she covered it with a snowflake applique:

Quilt number 5 is one I made for my nephew, who will graduate from high school in June. His sister graduated last spring. You can see Gretchen's t-shirt quilt here
Jonathan's quilt is based off the pattern "Road Trip" from the book Terrific T-Shirt Quilts. Since he is a growing young man and super tall, I cut the t-shirts larger and added extra rows to bring the finished size up to 70" X 100":

The backing is two Star Trek fabrics, as Jonathan is a Star Trek fan. Captain Kirk is saying, "We have only one chance to get out of this alive." And Spock says, "Fascinating!" Classic! I even chose the quilting, Matrix, for it's triangular sci-fi feeling:

Congratulations to Selah, Jacob and Jonathan!!!
Grace & peace!!! ~Nancy
   
Linking up with Midweek MakersNeedle & Thread Thursday, TGIFF, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Busy Hands Quilts, Friday Foto FunCrazy Mom Quilts, Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework.

21 comments:

  1. All the quilts are wonderful. Jonathan is going to be so surprised and excited to get his! It turned out awesome! He is going to love it and love the Star Trek fabric on the back of the quilt! I love the pattern you used and the quilting too. I can't wait to see Jon's reaction when you give him this quilt!
    Quilter Bonnie

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    1. Thanks, Quilter Bonnie! I do hope Jonathan loves his grad quilt and it brings him a big smile every time he sees it!

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  2. Congrats to you and Susanna for all the work on the quilts! They are fantastic. I enjoy reading the t-shirts, so many fun ones! You have been busy!

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  3. Great quilts! Always fun to see the variety in shirts, the special finds, and the variety of layouts.

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  4. Wonderful tshirt quilt parade! I especially like the Star Trek one!

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  5. That was a fun post! I know I have a t-shirt quilt in my future. My daughter has saved all of her favorite t-shirts and I'm pretty sure wants to make a quilt out of them! Do you have a favorite method for making them?

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    1. There are 100 different layouts for t-shirt quilts. Check out Pinterest. My best tip is to buy lightweight fusible interfacing from Joann's and use a 40-50% coupon--whatever is available. It's generally said you need 1/2 yard of interfacing per t-shirt, so it can add up to quite a bit of interfacing. The t-shirts are already heavier than quilting cotton, so using a lightweight interfacing helps to keep it lighter. When I apply the interfacing I use a dishcloth that I get totally wet and then wring it out, as a pressing cloth. Good luck!

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  6. Those are such awesome Tshirt quilts. I didn't realize they were a gradualtion thing. I love that triangle quilting. it is the perfect touch.

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  7. Wow, it has been a busy time with all those quilts! Love the map panels used as backing.

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  8. I love how the "Road Trip" pattern sashing highlights the t-shirt blocks. Great gifts!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. WOW so many t-shirt quilts! They are definitely such a good memory to have for graduates! They look fantastic!

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  10. What fun quilts and such great memories!

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  11. Wow! These are such great milestone quilts! Susanna seems to have inherited your talent, and I love how she quilted flowers on the Sakura block!

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  12. These are so fun! Great job on the quilts! I need to make one of these. No more shirts exist from when the kids were at home but I have mine.

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  13. Oh wow how fun to see all these in one post-you've been a busy gal along with the others!

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  14. Those all turned out great, but I really love the look of that last one!!

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  15. Oh my gosh, the T-shirt quilts are amazing! I was tickled to see a t-shirt that said, Shetek Lutheran ministries. My mother’s family has a huge reunion at a church camp at Lake Shetek many years ago. It just made me smile. Thanks for the memory.

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  16. What a wonderful collection of t-shirt quilts and the makers' stories. Now I feel bad that I never made my boys a t-shirt quilt, what fun they are! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Lots of great t-shirt quilts. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

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  18. That is a lot of t-shirts! Great job to all who made them into quilts. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  19. What great eye candy. I love the variety of quilts you've shown.

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