Many of you have probably heard of the idea to use old t-shirts to make a quilt. This way you can hold on to your sentimental keepsakes without taking up precious storage space with useless things. My friend, Britni, wanted to get some sewing practice and use up her shirts at the same time. She came over to my place at 11 am and by 7 pm she had finished a quilt from start to finish, and that includes a trip to JoAnn's!!
Here she is cutting her shirts into 12x12 squares with my trusty rotary cutter.
We set all her shirts on my bed so she could get them in the order she wanted. It also enabled us to get an idea for the fabric that we would use as the border.
We went to the store and found a great cotton for the border, fleece for the back, and fusible interfacing.
We ironed the fusible interfacing to the shirt squares. This gave it more strength and stability and made it MUCH easier to sew.
We cut the cotton into strips that were 4"x12". We then sewed those strips to the top of every shirt square using a 1/2" seam allowance. Britni did all the sewing herself. I was so impressed.
After we had them all topped we sewed them into columns. We then sewed strips to the right side of every column. Then we sewed the columns together. Finally, we sewed the front of the quilt to the back, which was a large piece of fleece.
After we finished all the sewing we tied in every corner to keep the two layers together.
The finished project!