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Topic: T-Shirt Quilt--But not what you're expecting!  (Read 10921 times)
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bleachrainbow
« on: May 17, 2011 05:14:09 PM »


I started this quilt almost three years ago. I was using leftover t-shirt fabric from some clothing projects I was working on to make some tiny little 3" 4-patch blocks--the center chunk of the quilt is all of those blocks. After a while, I was busy with school, and put it aside, and basically ignored it until this summer, when I dug it out and decided to finish it at any cost.

I really did not want to make any more tiny little blocks so I bought some old black and gray shirts from the thrift store and made some border with them, and the left-over scraps of colored t-shirts I had saved.

I then sandwiched them with a black jersey knit sheet and an old comforter, and tied it together with many colors of embroidery floss.

It's very thick, and soft, and I'm quite happy, after three whole years, to have it finished!
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2011 05:21:40 PM »

Sooo pretty!!  Bet it was worth all that work!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2011 05:43:11 PM »

I love the colors you used. I can't imagine how much work you put into that.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011 06:06:31 PM »

That is totally awesome!  I love how it came out - I bet it is majorly snuggly and warm!  Great job. Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011 07:29:57 PM »

That's a fantastic quilt.  It looks really cozy and warm.  The colors look really great together.  I couldn't tell it was tshirts.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2011 08:16:29 PM »

I have been slightly stalking this on your blog.  LOVE it...a fun twist on a traditional piecing!
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2011 09:24:53 PM »

OMG I bet this is suuuuper comfy.

I love that you didn't do the stupid block t-shirt thing.  I get that people like that, but my mom has one  that has no meaning to her  just arbitrary t-shirts of random crap around the area  as an art piece. Not cool.

This is lovely and a LOT of painstaking work went into this. I can't imagine working with knit fabric that small.

Great work!
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2011 09:47:20 PM »

Must feel great to finally finish! Great work. Wanna make me one? LOL
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2011 10:31:01 PM »

My dream quilt!  Great job!
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011 12:36:56 AM »

Yay! You're finished! I've been watching in-progress shots of this quilt for so long. Now that it's done I don't know what I will vicariously live through next!

Congrats on your very awesome quilt (and I know from your blog that you've got an equally awesome one in the works)!
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2011 01:04:47 AM »

This is amazing!  I love all the tiny little details and the black borders really make the colours pop!  I would never have guessed it was made from t-shirts!
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2011 11:16:38 AM »

What a wonderful job. I figured that T-Shirt material could be used to make a decent quilt with actual quilt pattern blocks. I have tons of T-shirt scraps. Now I have something I can do with them that isn't pillow stuffing. Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2011 12:03:20 PM »

just ... wow ... the pieces look so teeny tiny ... I never would've thought a t-shirt quilt could look so beautiful!
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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2011 04:18:30 PM »

Wow this is an incredible quilt.
Congratulations on finishing it.
I love the colours and the border is really striking.
I cannot imagine how long it took you to sew all those tiny t-shirt shapes.
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« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2011 06:30:11 PM »

I love the way you quilted it. I've never quilted anything being stumped on HOW to actually quilt it....very rad!
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« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2011 12:24:05 AM »

Amazing! I absolutely love your blog, too. Your so-called "Ugly" quilt? FABULOUS!!

edit: and as I was going through your blog I kept thinking "this work looks familiar, I know I've seen some on another site" and I was right. Once I saw your quilted horn suit on there I knew exactly who you are. Nice to see that you're still doing cool stuff!
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2011 01:17:57 AM »

Wow that is so beautiful! How impressive! Well done!
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« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2011 07:44:32 AM »

I really like it.  It seems like an insane amount of work -- good job!
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« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2011 11:33:21 AM »

Your labor of love totally paid off.  Recycling at it's best!  Grin  I love the pop of color from your ties, they even look great on the back.  This rocks!
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« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2011 01:48:55 PM »

Daaaaang, that is IMPRESSIVE! It ain't your mama's t-shirt quilt, that's for sure! And WOW is it beautiful, what an amazing payoff for all your time and effort!
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« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2011 08:36:30 AM »

Wow this is an incredible quilt.
Congratulations on finishing it.
I love the colours and the border is really striking.
I cannot imagine how long it took you to sew all those tiny t-shirt shapes.

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« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2011 04:30:05 PM »

Wow, And I thought I was crazy making a Kind sized I spy quilt out of 2.5" blocks! That is amazing. It must have been tricky to keep that stretchy t-shirt material square too given it can have quite a bit of stretch. Wow, just amazing. This really does Rock!
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« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2011 05:52:21 PM »

This is awesome! It looks super soft. I love how you did the ties--it looks tidier with the x's.
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« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2011 09:14:00 PM »

its gorgeous. so intricate! you can some awesome quilting skills!
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« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2011 09:28:58 AM »

THose little blocks look very good. 
Great job, I am awed by your patience.
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« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2011 12:51:24 AM »

This rocks so hard, Im in love with the color/black contrast, reminds me of a beautiful art nouveau stained glass window Grin! Im relatively new to quilting but planning a tshirt quilt too, sooooo inspiring Grin!
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2011 03:28:36 AM »

Love the colours you used. Well done on a lovely quilt.
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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2011 08:01:57 PM »

:O this is so cool!! I love the boldness of it and the design is so perfect!! I love how you have the really detailed part center with a subtle, yet just as fantastic border.  It would sit perfectly on a bed...looks so soft and cuddly too! You did a fantastic job!
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« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2011 07:55:31 PM »

Totally gorgeous and so well made!  Wow, just beautiful Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2011 12:17:08 PM »

I would LOVE a pattern for this if you don't mind! and more up  close and personal pictures of it!
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« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2011 10:26:01 PM »

That's so cool!  It's gorgeous.  I bet it's super comfy.  I'd love to snuggle with something like that.  It'd be perfect for keeping warm in my apartment (the thermostat is out of my control, and set way lower than I would like!). I can't imagine all the work, though.  I think it looks awesome with the bold borders.  I love the feeling of finishing a project, especially when you get to enjoy the finished product!
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« Reply #31 on: October 12, 2011 10:24:54 PM »

I love this project! It's so pretty and fun! How was it to quilt over an old comforter? I have a hand me down king comforter that is plenty warm but also plenty ugly and I want to do something like this. Did you do the sandwich and binding or "birth" it? I just can't bear to part with something so functional but on the other hand is so not me.
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« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2011 06:20:41 AM »

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« Reply #33 on: October 15, 2011 08:55:37 AM »

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« Reply #35 on: March 19, 2012 05:44:08 AM »

I would LOVE a pattern for this if you don't mind! and more up  close and personal pictures of it!
There really is no pattern for it, the center squares are just different variations of a 4 patch made with half-square triangles, then I just started whacking on borders--a piano key, plain ones, sawtooth ones.
I love this project! It's so pretty and fun! How was it to quilt over an old comforter? I have a hand me down king comforter that is plenty warm but also plenty ugly and I want to do something like this. Did you do the sandwich and binding or "birth" it? I just can't bear to part with something so functional but on the other hand is so not me.
I didn't find it too difficult--but I did tie it, rather than quilt it, because of the bulk of the old comforter. Invest in some curved upholstery needles, they made the job much easier. It is sandwiched, but self-bound (the back lining I left extra, then just folded it forward to the front)
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« Reply #36 on: March 20, 2012 09:56:21 AM »

Lovely!!
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« Reply #37 on: March 29, 2012 05:51:37 PM »

exactly what I have been thinking of doing with all the remnants from my pj projects.
 this just moved up on my list of projects for this year.  thanxs for the inspiration  Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: April 07, 2012 03:09:53 AM »

Wow! That is sooo intricate! How on earth people find the patience to work so small is beyond me (instant gratification, that's me!).

I hope you're really happy, that is one beautiful, unique, cosy quilt you've created.
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« Reply #39 on: April 27, 2012 10:55:34 AM »

Fantastic job! Congratulations on finishing.  It looks really cosy.
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« Reply #40 on: April 27, 2012 10:58:28 AM »

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