As the conversation went on I remind her that, seeing's how I'm a quilter, and seeing's how we're friends, I would be happy to do it for her - for nothing. She was surprised and happy all at the same time. She happily agreed and still insists that she wants to pay me but I insist on doing it for the fun of it. ;-)
So began the T-shirt quilt adventure. Stephen's T-shirts have been sitting in a basket in my sewing room since just after we had that conversation.
Notice I said that this was "over a year ago" that we had talked about it? Yeah, well, fortunately she wasn't in a hurry cuz I'm a slow poke!
|Here's the basket of 17 "whole" shirts about to be clipped.|
The process goes like this:
Dig up all those old T-shirts you just couldn't part with and get the washed. Find a design you like. Well, some people would start with a design in mind but I'm going to see where all these colors and numbers take me. I love a surprise don't you!
Next cut the design out leaving as much fabric as you can so you'll be able to cut them to size later. These were some of the smaller shapes I cut. For most of these shirts there were designs on the front and numbers on the back. I'm certain the numbers are going to be fun to work with.
|The team names are mostly long and narrow like the St. Matthews above.|
|Necks, plackets, sleeves and hems, Oh My!|
This gives me enough space to iron on the stabilizer without getting the glue on my iron or ironing board. It's still only a rough cut and they will be trimmed again later before sewing.
I cut the stabilizer into 12 inch squares and iron it onto the back of each shirt square. One other tip for the stabilizer, I used a non-stick and heat resistant pressing sheet to keep the T-shirt designs from sticking to my ironing board.
For stabilizer I'm using Pellon JAS Fusible Interfacing (# P44F) that I bought by the yard at Joann's for $0.99 a yard with a coupon! It was so cheap I bought 7 yards which means I'll have plenty left over for when I start that concert T-shirt quilt. Don't use "feather weight" stabilizer, it's too flimsy.
|That notch is where the placket was and has definitely|
been a factor in cutting out the designs.
Debby: Do you have any more T-shirts for Stephen's quilt? Some from high school?
Diane: I will look. Hang on before cutting them up if haven't already.
Debby: OH NO! Too late! I starting cutting them up on Sunday! I wanted to surprise you :-(
Next was the sound of my phone ringing. It was Diane. I was near tears and she was laughing. Turns out she thought I didn't have enough shirts and was fine that they were all cut up. PHEW! Crisis averted.
Anyway, I have been wanting to make a T-shirt quilt for a long time. I've had my eye on several boxes (!) of concert T-shirts dating from the early 1970's (Rod Stewart) through my most recent outing in 2012 (Madonna).
Alas, I can't get the professed "co-owner" of the concert shirts to let me have my way with them. They're mine but many were purchased by him, for me, and he (unlike Diane) is adamant about NOT cutting them up. He's softening a bit as the years go by but . . . I'm leaving that battle for another day and moving on to make a T-shirt quilt for Diane/Steve.