Re-direction

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I got a little sidetracked from the shirt pattern. The first muslin is all cut out and ready to sew, but before I can do that, I need to finish up a T-shirt quilt for a friend. She got a start, but needs some help finishing up. 

The shirts came all bundled up in a large trash bag, with some general instructions for how the quilt is supposed to be constructed. I’m using a 12 X 12 inch square as a guide, and have cut all the good parts of the shirts using it and a roller cutter. There won’t be any fancy quilt blocks, or elaborate designs, as I’m really not a quilter.

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There are a just over thirty T-shirts, and so the quilt will be a throw size of 5 X 6 foot, with a border. All the T-shirts will be blocked together on one side, with a purple fleece backing on the other. I’ve made another t-shirt quilt in the past, with shirts on both sides, and it felt a little scratchy.

With all the cutting done, the shirts need to be interfaced to eliminate stretch. Being a knit, jersey distorts pretty easily, and will make a mess of a quilt without some stabilization. For this project I am using some regular Pellon, iron-on, in a feather weight.  I also cut the interfacing to the 12 X 12 size, and used it as a double-check to ensure that the quilt blocks remain square. It’s pretty surprising how much some of the lighter jerseys can distort through cutting.

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After the interfacing is ironed on, we will arrange the blocks into a nice pattern, and then start putting them together. Next, I’ll detail the block construction, and batting, then finish up with the back and edging.

See part two: Finishing

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