Thursday, February 5, 2015

My Third T-Shirt Quilt

I have made t-shirt quilts for each of my kids. I don't remember where I first got the idea, but it was so fun to put these together and remember the younger ones that wore those t-shirts. Most of the t-shirts are from the kids' upper elementary, middle school and high school days.
Aren't my babies so adorable?

Last spring my daughter and son-in-law made a big move back to my son-in-law's family farm in Iowa. In the process of moving, my son-in-law came across a box of his t-shirts from his high school days and asked if I would make a quilt for him. I was tickled that he asked me!

I really like to make these quilts with all different size blocks. I see a lot of t-shirt quilts that have every block exactly the same size. I just love the randomness of the different sizes. My wonderful engineered-brained hubby puts the puzzle of all the different sizes together for me. Then I sew them together and fill in the empty spaces with "blank" pieces from the backs of the t-shirts.

I found a perfect red and black flannel fabric for the backing.

I feel like I get a  little better with each quilt.  I like the quilting on this one.  You can't really see in the photo, but I used a red and black variegated thread for the quilting.

I finished in time to give it to my son--in-law for his birthday in September.


  1. Awesome! I wish I would have saved all my Tshirts over the years ... and especially my daughter's. It's not too late, I don't think, to,maybe save some of the Ts', especially their swim meet shirts. Of course, the problem is that they're pretty worn out by the time the older Ts' shirts get handed down.

  2. What a great way to save memories! I hope you put this post on Pinterest!!!