Friday, November 4, 2011

Sew & Tell Friday: Uncle Aaron's T-shirt Quilt


My little brother left for his mission to Peru almost two years ago.  A few weeks before he left he gave me a bag of his T-shirts and asked if I could make a quilt out of them.  Sure!  Two whole years to make an ol' T-shirt quilt?!  Easy.  Naturally, two years turned into about four weeks for me and I had to hurry up and get this thing figured out.  Truthfully, it kind of sucked the life right out of me.  Who knew it would be so hard to find a way to make the logos on a bunch of T-shirts the right size to make quilt blocks?  And I had to put interfacing on the backs of all the T-shirts or they would roll right up on the edges.  Bah!  All it needs now is a binding.  I still have two weeks.  Plenty of time. 
I found maps of the states Aaron lived in before he went on his mission, traced them onto interfacing, then ironed onto fabric and cut them out and sewed them to a block.  The state blocks are my favorites.  I should make a whole quilt of just the states!  That would be AWESOME.  And really difficult.  Everyone just calm down and think this through, for crying out loud.
I had to supplement the T-shirts with some manly flannels and cotton fabrics.  After ironing interfacing on all those T-shirts, I wasn't about to do the entire quilt with just T-shirts.  Crazy talk.
Bridget helped me cut out some of the logos.  It was mostly to keep her distracted, but the little "Aaron" block was her handy work. :)
The back is "fireside minky" which doesn't shed as much when you cut it, but it's still soft.  Win-win.

So!  There it is.  I can't decide if I like it because I'm done with it, if you know what I mean.  I'll think very hard before I make another T-shirt quilt. :)  Check out some other fancy stuff at Amy's today!

8 comments:

allyn said...

actually, that is one of the coolest t-shirt quilts i think i have ever seen. for all your hard work it turned out awesome. the quilting is beautiful, too. he will be thrilled to see it and use it, i think.

melissa said...

It is definitely the coolest t-shirt quilt I've ever seen! I have a stack of play t-shirts that I saved for years to make into a quilt. Don't know how I thought that was going to happen. Aaron knows what's up.

Heather said...

Well, it looks fantastic, so I'd say it was worth the hard work. (Of course, I didn't have to actually DO the hard work, but you know... lol) The quilting on it looks amazing. He's going to treasure this quilt, for sure. ;o)

notes of sincerity said...

That is a fantastic quilt. :o)
I have saved several of my dad's tshirts to make a tshirt quilt for my step mom.

Mom said...

I'm tuning up just looking at this! Beautiful job! And you only have eleven days to get the binding done, but who's counting.:)

Jen said...

That is seriously the coolest thing ever! I love it! High five :)

Bump and Erin said...

What a great quilt! Good job!

Angie said...

It really looks good - quality work.