Friday, September 11, 2009

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt: Part 6

The interesting thing about this quilt is that the planning is the most time consuming part. Once that part is complete, the sewing is a breeze!

Now we need to cut several 2 1/2 inch strips from that first fabric, the same fabric we used to frame those few unique blocks in the last step.  I usually cut approximately 5 strips at a time. When those have been used, I cut a few more.

Sew a strip to each side of all the remaining t-shirt blocks, trimming the strip ends and pressing the seams AWAY from the t-shirt as you go.  

A word about pressing:  Be careful!  (Okay, so that was two words!)  As we have all probably learned the hard way, some t-shirt emblems will melt and smear across the shirt when under a hot iron.  So avoid placing the iron on the emblem.  You can always press from the back side when needed.

Repeat the "framing" process, until all the blocks have been "framed."
Now for the final step!  Cut 2 1/2 strips from the second fabric.  Using the graph paper pattern as a guide, sew the framed blocks together using these new strips as a sashing.  Study the pattern as you go to figure out the best order in which to sew blocks together.  Typically, it works best to connect a few blocks together and then set them aside to work on another small section of the quilt.  Occasionally I use partial seams to connect the sections.

Once the quilt top is completely sewn, sew a 2 1/2 inch border of the sashing fabric around the entire quilt.  If desired, add additional borders.




p.s.  I'll post a photo of the finished quilt in the near future.  Thanks for sticking with me through my first tutorial!

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