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Whatever Wednesday

I have been busy this week with prepping a T-shirt quilt for quilting. This is my 1st and LAST T-shirt quilt. LOL I am doing this for a friend to give myself some practice at quilting on Gigi, and because she is a good friend. Otherwise, forget it. Not even if someone paid me! The first issue was, the size. Finding a place to lay it out for sandwiching took some planning. I had to move this to get a big enough space to lay out the layers.

That’s a 54″ square dog bed ottoman. It normally fits in the space where I laid the quilt, right in the opening of our sectional.

I used painter’s tape to keep the backing secure while I laid out the other layers. Trying to get the batting to smooth out was not working, and then the light bulb went off. I needed something to roll over the batting to push the wrinkles out. But what? Swiller to the rescue. I just grabbed my Swiller and used the bare pad to gently smooth it out. It took a lot of short strokes, but it worked a charm!

It didn’t work as well on the T-shirt material, so I had to tug and smooth with my hands.

It was an afternoon effort, between laying out, smoothing, crawling around to pin and the long breaks in between all of that. LOL! Hey, a girl can only take so much floor time when it’s a hard wood floor! That batting ain’t exactly cushy ya know!

Now comes the quilting. Eek!

Linking with:
Wednesday Wait Loss
Midweek Makers

20 thoughts on “Whatever Wednesday

  1. T shirt quilts always seemed to me like they would be kind of a pain. The fabric is so stretchy and different from regular quilting cotton. Now, I don’t sew at all, so that may not be the issue. But I will say you are a good friend!

    1. Yes, they have issues, but the T-shirts are normally backed with an interfacing, so they are stable, but there is still a big difference in the hand of the fabrics. My threads keep breaking, so not sure if it’s the difference in fabric or what. I will get it done, and then never do this kind of project again. LOL > >

  2. Hi Chris! We’ve made three t-shirt quilts and I always say three too many. They are a LOT of work! Plus, the only way I could quilt them on my DSM was a crosshatch. They layers were just too thick to push around for FMQ. I can’t wait to see how you quilt this! You are a very good friend and I am certain that your friends recognizes that and appreciates you. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. I hear that! The project won’t be my favorite for sure, but I am looking to learn from it, and try to not worry about the crappy job I am doing! My FMQ sucks! I should just stick to ruler work or Stippling. Now that, I can do! LOL > >

  3. I also have disliked T-shirt quilts. They always make me think of pre-teen girls, somehow. Although I know that my mom made some with all the 5K Tshirts given to my father for participating in the runs. So pre-teen girls and old men.

    1. LOL! I just never saw one I thought that was well made. Too many graphics that don’t compliment each other. But then, I am not a saver of things, so I never kept anything long enough to use in such a way. Now, I do appreciate the quilts made from shirts of a loved one, but they look more like quilts. > >

  4. The quilt looks terrific! In the 30+ years I’ve been quilting I still have never made a T-shirt quilt. And I hope to keep it that way. LOL

    1. I was surprised at how many shirts I got quilted yesterday, even started the sashing and borders that were within the frame. Today I couldn’t even think about it! LOL. So maybe every other day I can get a portion quilted and before the end of February it will be done? > >

  5. I’ve never made a t-shirt quilt. It’s not something I’m interested in doing. My daughter has made a couple and she enjoys making them. She has a tub full of her kids’ t-shirts and plans to make a few more. Not me!

  6. I’ve never made a tshirt quilt and I don’t think I ever will. Way too much trouble, as you say! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

    1. I didn’t piece this one, my friend and her mom did. She just asked if I would quilt it. If she had asked for the entire thing I would have referred her to those who like this kind of thing! > >

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