Monday, December 30, 2019

The X-Long T-Shirt Quilt

Yeah! Christmas has come and gone, so I can finally post about the commissioned twin extra-long t-shirt quilt made over three weeks ago.

extra long t-shirt quilt

Since this was a gift for her musically inclined son, my client requested no social sharing until after Christmas. I've shown a nondescript pic on a Midweek Makers post, and now I can share the whole quilt - hope you're not tired of seeing t-shirt quilts!

This quilt measures 73" x 98", which is just a smidge bigger than the recommended 71" x 96" for an extra-long twin bed. Sashing and borders bring the quilt to size, as I had 9 shirts with large logos and 6 shirts with narrow logos to work with. 

first round of design layout of t-shirts

To start the design process, I laid out the shirts on a sheet marked off with four measuring tapes of the quilt size. The above is the first layout round. As I worked, fusing sheer weight fusible, trimming to size, and adding sashing for a row construction method, I moved a few shirts around for this final layout.

fused shirts with sashing added

Then I switched to both block and column construction, as the 6 shirts in the lower half can't be put together in a row. 

column and block construction of a t-shirt quilt

And that's part of the fun of t-shirt quilts - figuring out how to put them together. Just a bit of creativity and the need to remember to add a 1/2" seam allowance are all that's needed. For more information, check out the T-Shirt Quilt Hints and Tips post, which goes over more fine details on t-shirt quilt construction.

With the top complete, I messaged the client about thread choices, either a purple or grey, which are both dribbled onto the quilt to see what they look like.

thread choices for quilting

She kept her first choice, which was the purple. Turned out to be a great choice, especially with the musically related pantograph, Bebop.

t-shirt quilt after quilting

Because this quilt is so large, I didn't dare take it outside for a full size photo. Instead, it's back on a sheet on the floor,

t-shirt quilt for an extra long twin bed

looking fabulous, even with sunlight streaming onto it! She was very happy, and looks forward to seeing on her son's bed.

And some fun facts: this quilt used 6.5 yards of sheer weight fusible, 10 yards of fabric, including the back, and 2.5 yards of batting. Yes, quilts take a lot of material. But it is possible to keep that to a minimum, especially if there are a lot of shirts - check out the LinkedIn t-shirt wall hanging.

Have I inspired you to try a t-shirt quilt? Go ahead, jump in!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, December 27, 2019

2019 Quilts In Review

So long 2019! Time to highlight my favorite quilts made this year. 

For first-time visitors - Welcome! You're sure to see lots of great quilts here at QuiltFabrication, along with all the others sharing their 2019 finishes through The Best of 2019 Linky Party hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs.

Faced with some very tough decisions, I've chosen a total of nine quilts, divided into the following categories: large quilts, table decor, and wall hangings. Each group of three also includes a fan favorite, based upon the popularity of the quilt pattern.

To know more about each quilt, click on the quilt's picture to go to the original post - there you'll find the story behind the quilt and more detailed pictures. Clicking on the pink quilt name links directly to the pattern on EtsyNow, let's get on with the show - enjoy!

Large Quilts

My favorites to snuggle under are Seafarer, Watermelon Delight, and Just Batty, all three, very different quilts. And the fan favorite? Hands down - Seafarer.

Table Decor

I do love smaller projects, especially those that decorate my various table surfaces in the house - there's a runner just about everywhere there can be! I have Clover Field for St Patrick's Day, Watermelon Twist for summer fun, and Winter Forest for January. And everyone's favorite? Watermelon Twist.

Wall Hangings

Who doesn't like a pretty quilted piece to decorate a wall? They make great instant seasonal decorations too - Ladybug Dance, which could also be a kid's quilt, ushers in spring, Fall Leaves bring fall color, and decorated Christmas Trees brighten up winter. Fan favorite? Christmas Trees!

Look for some of these quilts to grace the new QuiltFabrication header, and enjoy all the quilts of 2019. 

Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Midweek Makers #207

Merry Christmas and welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party!
Yes, there is a linky party today, though due to the holiday, I expect everyone to be spending the day with family and friends. But if you have something to share, feel free to link up!

Before we get to that, take a look at these quilts and fun things that caught my eye last week:

this colorful Brimfield Awakening from Karen's Quilting,


the beautiful colors in Kat's quilt, at Scrapbox Quilts,


these adorable penguins, who had fun exploring the playground and wetlands over at the Clever Chameleon,

                                    Mario and Luigi themed penguin toys

and these adorable star pin cushions (pattern free to subscribers) at Sew Motion.


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Monday, December 23, 2019

LinkedIn T-Shirt Quilt

Another quilt finish, just before the holidays!

LinkedIn t-shirt quilt

And I'm super happy with how this 41" x 49" wall hanging turned out - I just love that there's no sashing, which really makes the tightly cut logos stand out and very interesting to look at. 

There's a lot of history in this quilt, especially with three logos in this picture - the grey 10 years of 'in', the 'in' surrounded with blue M's, and the rows of multi-color dots.

LinkedIn t-shirt quilt closeup 1

These are from the beginning days of LinkedIn, when membership milestones were reached. Now, they're a company with over 575 million members!

Couple other favorites are Women in Tech; Tux, who appreciates LinkedIn; and the three stacked logos in the corner - they look like one shirt.

LinkedIn t-shirt quilt closeup 2

The quilting is a dark grey thread and a geometric design, which I've lost the name of :(

LinkedIn t-shirt quilt quilting detail

Together, they work great on this quilt! Believe it or not, I almost ran out of top thread, with just a few inches left - that's a bit close, don't you think?

a few inches of quilting thread left

And in keeping with the LinkedIn colors, the back is also blue with a hint of aqua, with one of my labels along the edge.

LinkedIn t-shirt quilt backing and QuiltFabrication label

I believe the owner of this one intends to hang it in a LinkedIn office - I'm looking forward to hearing all the reactions!

Happy Holidays!

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Friday, December 20, 2019

T-Shirt Quilt Hints and Tips

The extent of my creativity right now runs to t-shirt quilts - there's another on the way! This time, it's a small one to hang on the wall. 

LinkedIn t-shirt layout

That's the initial layout, using approximately 21 shirts, including some of the backs. Notice there's no space created for sashing, no additional fabric anywhere. I'm keeping all the cuts tight to the logos for this one. And I like it, especially that stack of three in the lower right.

Here's another in-progress photo, which looks pretty much the same except the shirts along the bottom and left side have a sheerweight fusible on the back, are trimmed to size, and some even sewn together.

LinkedIn t-shirt quilt in progress

I will admit to a slight cutting goof. This little guy was supposed to go all the way to the right edge.

LinkedIn quilt

But I measured incorrectly and cut him too narrow. Thankfully, I still had an unused narrow LinkedIn piece to fill in the space.

LinkedIn quilt detail

That's the only spot where LinkedIn appears vertically, and you probably wouldn't have noticed had I not told you!

So, now that I've had plenty of practice making t-shirt quilts, here's a few hints to pass along:

  • start by cutting out all the logos as large as possible, so there's plenty to play with for adjusting the size
  • never, ever iron on the front of the t-shirt, or there will be a mess of logo paint on the iron, and on the shirt
  • fuse a large piece of sheer weight fusible to the back and avoid butting two pieces together - the joint will show on the front
  • when shopping for a fusible, choose one that is light weight and has ample sized glue dots on the back - this should stick without adding a ton of weight to the shirt
  • set up measuring tapes on the floor of the final size of the quilt and work within those parameters
  • layout the untrimmed shirts within the measuring tape quilt size, refining the design with logo size and sashing
  • an easy way to design is by rows, or block units - whichever way makes sewing construction the easiest
  • once the plan is determined, proceed with trimming the shirts to size
  • remember to add a 1/2" for seam allowances!
Sounds easy enough, right? I won't deny that t-shirt quilts take quite a bit of time and creativity, but if you're willing to cut and fuse the shirts, and play with designing, they can be quite fun to create. I hope you take the plunge!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Midweek Makers #206

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party!

I recently received quilt pattern love from Loretta, who sent me pictures of her version of the Seafarer quilt:

Didn't that turn out fantastic?? Great job Loretta!

I've been working a lot on t-shirt quilts lately, first the commissioned one, and last week, the quilting of this one for Carol.

blackberry pantograph on Carol's t-shirt quilt

She chose the pantograph Blackberry along with a taupe thread, both of which look great on this. Since I'm on a roll with t-shirt quilts, I decided to do one for hubby - more on that on Friday. Until then, let's look at a few more Christmas items that were shared last week.

From Hearts Creations, these pretty towels,


from Chris Knits Sews, a fun ornament block,


someone's getting new stockings from Scrapbox Quilts,


and also from DonnaLeeQ.


Last, but not least, are several Christmas projects over at Canadian Needle Nana.


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