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Amy’s Tshirt Quilt for a Friend

Today Amy from Tennessee shares her most recent quilt creation using old t-shirts. Thanks, Amy! You’ve inspired me to get out the kids outgrown t-shirts that I’ve been collecting for several years and get started on something for them!

I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. As a stay at home mom, sewing is not only my hobby but also a side job. Last year, I made this t-shirt quilt for a friend’s daughter. She had collected t-shirts from playing ball all during her school years, in hopes of using them one day for something special. She is now in college and last year for Christmas she decided on a t-shirt quilt. Instead of just sewing all the t-shirts together, they wanted it to look feminine and elegant.

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They opted for an idea they found on Pinterest and we took it from there. After a bit of planning, calculating, etc… her daughter purchased eight coordinating prints that matched her school colors, along with one solid, and I put them together in the chosen pattern. The blogger called it a Garden Fence block, but I am not sure if that was the actual name or not. I added an eight-inch border made with 2” strips of all the fabrics to all four sides of the quilt and mitered the corners. She was so excited with the way it turned out.

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We are actually not quite finished with this quilt. I am currently finishing up the back side of the quilt which is also t-shirts but in a more random pattern with a little different look for the border. When put together and quilted, there will be a memory of t-shirts on both sides of the quilt. She will be taking it to a shop to have it quilted with a long arm machine to finish it off soon!

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