How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

Learn how to make a t-shirt quilt with this simple pattern.

| September 2014

Quilting with a Modern Slant (Storey Publishing, 2014) offers a glimpse into dozens of unique visions, with profiles of quilters and artists who have developed their own aesthetic and quilting tips and patterns from author Rachel May. Modern quilting offers the freedom to play with fabrics, patterns, colors, stitching and the way in which they all connect. With photographs of finished quilts, quilting tips and tutorials on natural dyeing, machine quilting, appliqué, finishing, improvisational piecing and even starting a blog, this book is chock-full of ideas to inspire quilters of every level. Sherri-Lynn Wood contributed this project from “Chapter 2: Improv,” which will show you how to make a t-shirt quilt.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Quilting with a Modern Slant.

How to Make a Modern Memory Lane T-Shirt Quilt

T-shirt quilts are all the rage, probably because T-shirts with logos of all sorts have become a staple of the American wardrobe. More often than not, the T-shirts’ logos are centered and cut into large uniform squares and sewn into a grid. This approach effectively concentrates sentiment by gathering all the memories in one place, so let’s take it to the next level by adding more visual interest.

When I’m working with memories, I want to create a quilt that is as beautiful as it is meaningful. So when I make a quilt with lots of T-shirt logos, I like to mix it up. To do this I combine a contrasting mix of fabrics with the T-shirt to create what I call a memory lane. Even though this process fragments the logos, they are still readable, because they are held together in a path of color.

What You’ll Need

• T-shirts
• Contrasting fabric from your stash or other meaningful clothing
• Iron-on interfacing for knits (optional)
• Spray starch (optional)
• Backing fabric
• Batting

T-Shirt Quilt Instructions  


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