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habitat-lady
« on: December 29, 2008 01:53:25 AM »

My friend wanted something special for her hubby for Christmas.  So after she gathered up a bunch of t-shirts, I made this quilt.







Thanks for looking.
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008 06:44:57 AM »

Very nice!  I love how well the red stands out between each square, it makes for a stunning effect.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2008 07:28:26 AM »

I just love how carefully you laid out the shirts, making sure to line everything up so neatly. It makes your T-shirt quilt a level above all of the others I've seen. Nice job!
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2008 07:50:53 AM »

Very cool!  SO - how did he like it?
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2008 09:38:01 AM »

I agree this is such a level above most t-shirt quilts.  It looks amazing and I love the layout.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2008 09:43:16 AM »

Thank you for the comments.  This was the first T-shirt quilt I made by trimming the emblems so close.  Next time I'll plan it out better for matching up the different size blocks.  I found out I loved the red for it too.  I think it turned out pretty well.  I used the same red for the back.   

She loved it when I gave it to her, but I haven't talked to her since Christmas to see how hubby responded to seeing his shirts cut into pieces. Apparently with firemen, the number of T-shirts you have is some status symbol.  He noticed some of his were missing in November.

My BIL (a fireman) loved it, though. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2008 05:22:03 PM »

I really like how you laid them all out for the top. The red really makes them stand out too! very nice job!
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2008 02:01:45 PM »

I have friends that are on the volunteer fire department and they would kill to have a quilt like that. It is quite nice.
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2009 06:43:38 PM »


This is great! I'm planning a t-shirt quilt, so i have a question: did you sew the logos directly to the red? did you use a stabilizer (t-shirts can be difficult to work with)?
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2009 07:40:20 AM »

I used iron on interfacing to stabilize the t-shirts.  It was like adding a second layer, so the top gets really heavy.  I planned it out in strips. 

Normal T-shirts have a 14 x 14 logo print area.  The most common sizes are 14 x 14 or 14 x 8.  So plan on 14 inch measurments.  I did make a huge light table for this - I used a flood light under my glass dining table.  It shined through my cutting mat, the fabric and interfacing so I could center each emblem and cut them.  What made this wonky was the 18 x 18 airbrush shirt as the center block, and of course that was his favorite so I couldn't trim it.  I also used lots of the left breast emblems and a few pockets.  The bottom right corner has his name from the airbrush t-shirt. 

Thanks all for the great comments, and Happy New Year!
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