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« on: April 12, 2013 03:47:31 PM »

I've made a few tops before and they are all still waiting for backs, but I got in a fight with my husband Saturday night about my "hobbies" vs what I really do all day with the kids while he's at work so Sunday I decided not to do anything except make this quilt. I had all the shirts already pulled out (from my Spring cleaning, which must be one of my "hobbies") and since I woke up at 4:15 to the Roomba I went to town cutting them all up. They were all pretty important to me at one time or another but for various reasons I couldn't wear any of them anymore.

I know usually quilt backs are not pieced like this but some of the important parts of some of the shirts we on the back. So the backs of the shirts correlate with the fronts. Does that make sense?

The only real designing I did was that the dark shirts were lined up in the middle (since I happened to have 5 of them) and what I said earlier about the backs matching up with the fronts. Other than that it was all just grab and go!
The ties are strips of one of the shirts. All I used for the quilt were those 15 shirts and most of 2 more I would never wear again. And thread, duh. But nothing else! Yay! How's that for a hobby/destash project?
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013 04:52:08 PM »

Cute quilt.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013 05:13:01 PM »

What a great idea Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013 07:40:29 PM »

Looks great! Modern quilts actually usually have some kind of piecing on the backs! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013 08:36:09 PM »

Thanks ladies! MareMare, I know modern quilts do a lot now, but they don't usually directs mirror the front. That's all I was saying.

It bums me out looking at this post now that you can't really see the top 3 shirts! Those are my favorite 3 on there! The first one says "Beefy Jo" which is what my roomies in Idaho used to call me. The second one says "So Far Gone" which is the band my husband used to play with. I designed that shirt for them after he left and they gave it to me. The third one is a Social Distortion shirt that my sister bought me and I ended up wearing to her memorial service with some red gingham high heels. The rest all have some memories (like Mt Valley was the school my Grandma taught at) but the top 3 are the best to me, and it is total coincidence that they are all on the same row. HA!
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2013 11:45:05 PM »

What a great idea to use the backs of the t-shirts for the quilt back and to mirror match them to their fronts!  I have so-o-o-o-o many t-shirts which I know will eventually be made into at least a few quilts and planned on backing them with old jeans (y'know, jeans and t-shirts...?), but may try one this way, too.  I also like the sashing and corner blocks setting.

Did you do anything to stabilize the shirts before cutting them up?  Any batting between the front and back?
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2013 05:40:55 AM »

Thanks waterbaby. Oooh, jeans on the back is a great idea! Why didn't I think of that? I have soooo many pairs of old jeans in my closet, too. Maybe I'll do that when I do my husband's quilt, some day.
I did put batting between but I didn't stabilize them. I'm making a tie skirt right now and I'm so wishing I had some stabilizer! Ah well. But no, not on this one. I think when you're using t-shirts and other stuff you should stabilize it because the one will stretch and not the other  but just tees in my experience do fine with just each other. Another reason I ONLY used tees in this!
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013 02:31:21 PM »

love it!  .i started saving tshirts for all three of my kids, sentimental things, school tees, etc.  i dig that you used the backs of the shirts too, i was just wondering the other day if i should do that too.  of course, who knows how long it will be before i actually get to sew them together!  but thanks for the tips!
i too have these issues with "hobbies", and stupid spring cleaning has been keeping me from them!!!    Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2013 07:47:53 AM »

Love the idea of using nothing but the tshirts!  So smart! My honey has some tees he can't wear anymore but that are very important to him... I've been planning one of these kinds of quilts too.  Thanks for reminding me! LOL
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