Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hi Everyone!

This is my first blog post and I am very excited. I have learned how to sew and quilt mostly through bloggers tutorials (and some amazing quilting stores who have rescued me in moments of utter panic!). I have recently finished my T-shirt quilt. This was only my second quilt and I had read a lot of blogs that said it was an easy project. Well not true! So I thought I would share some of the tips that I learned while making this quilt.

First a look at the finished product.

OK so I admit, I really hated this quilt once i started. But now i really, really love it!

My first pieced back. The center stripe is the same fabric as the border on the front.

My embroidered label! Thanks to Needle and Thread  for the amazing how to videos for embroidery!

The Things I Learned!
1) This quilt is hard because you have to make a lot of decisions. I was not experienced enough to know what size blanket I'd like to make. Let alone, do the math to choose what size square i should use for my T-shirts.

2) There are not many sizes of large square cutting templates. And using cardboard as a template does not work with a rotary cutter!! So I went to the hardware store and they cut me a plexi glass square in the size i wanted!! So i got a 13 x 13" square for $5!! yes, i kid you not! And they cut me a 5" x 5" for the bottom border. That cost me a whopping 75 cents!!! 

3) You MUST interface your t-shirts. 

4) It is really hard to match a border fabric when you have so many colors in the T-shirts. This is why i chose not to do sashing. It would have been way to challenging to pick a fabric. 

5) I would not suggest doing a T-shirt quilt until you know what you are doing quilting. Or if you have some knowledgeable quilter friends.

6) DO NOT GIVE UP! I am so happy with the finished product! It seems so hard to believe how hard it was when it seems so easy at the end!

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