This past week I completed the memory quilt that I posted recently. I delivered it yesterday to my friend/customer. She was so happy with it! I was so pleased to be able to do this custom quilt for her.
I have the honor of creating a memory quilt for a special person I know. She wanted me to create a quilt using two photos from her sister’s wedding including a family tree. She also showed me photos of what she was thinking.
So I came up with doing an embroidered border with the photos on either side of the family tree that I’m painting. This project is not complete yet, but I am sharing with you my process.
Every piece is cut out and now I’m painting the family tree on the yellow fabric.
The tree is still not complete. It still looks like a tree in winter right now! Leaves will be put on soon and the names will be painted. Still lots of work to do, but I’m enjoying the process!
T-shirts are a wonderful way to remember special occasions, events, and a myriad of other reasons. If you are one of the many people who can’t seem to give up those special t-shirts, putting them into a quilt is an excellent idea. You may use this tutorial for creating your own t-shirt quilt or see my Etsy shop for details of how I can do a custom quilt for you.
I want to add that you can use sweatshirts, sports shirts that are made of that waffle fabric, golf shirts (polo), etc. Use the same directions for the prep. Message me if you have any questions.
View #1 is the front and back of the t-shirt I am demonstrating today. Some t-shirts have printing on the back as well as the front. You may want to have both sides in your quilt or just one side. The preparation is the same.
It is very important to wash all of the t-shirts with your normal laundry detergent and 1/2 cup of White Vinegar. The vinegar will remove most or all of the odors.
After you have washed and dried your shirts, you can start cutting them apart. Be sure to lay the t-shirt flat on a table to have more accurate cutting. Make sure you leave at least 2″ around the design you want to use.
View #2 is showing to cut sleeves away from the shirt first. I like to cut close to the seams to allow as much extra fabric room as possible around the design.
Next is to cut along the side seams of the t-shirt (view 3). This is where it is important to have the t-shirt laying flat. Most t-shirts do not have a side “seam” (where the manufacturer stitched it together). There should be some sort of a crease on the sides that you can follow and cut along that crease. If there is no crease, that is where laying it flat will show you that where that “crease” would be. Be sure to cut along both sides.
Lastly, we move on to the shoulders. The shoulders need to be cut right next to the seams on both shoulders.
If there is a little emblem on a sleeve that you wish to be part of the quilt, just send the sleeve as is to me.
Now you are done with the scissors!
If I am making this quilt for you, all you have to do is send the part of the shirts that have the emblems you wish to have in your quilt.
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