T-Shirt Quilt Part 3: Piecing Tips & Assembling Your Quilt Top

We're Back! Ok, Here's where we left off..... You should have 3 columns, from left to right and 4 rows from top to bottom, with sashing attached to blocks only in columns 1 & 2.

If you’ve missed parts 1 & 2 of this project, it’s not too late!  Just click the T-Shirt Quilt Sew Along link in the right hand menu of our blog!                                 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 Now, it’s time to join the 3 blocks in row one of your quilt map!

  • Arrange the blocks for your row one, with right sides up, in order from left to right.

Row One: Block 1, Block 2, Block 3

  • Take Block #1 and lay it on top of Block #2 with right sides together.

Block #1 and Block #2

Right sides together

  • Align the top and bottom edges of the t-shirt blocks.  Also align the raw edge of sashing for Block #1 and the raw edge of t-shirt Block #2.

Align top and bottom edges of t-shirt blocks.

Align the sashing of Block #1 with left raw edge of Block #2.

  • Pin the sashing in place.


  • Use the 1/4″ presser foot or same seam allowance you used earlier to stitch the pinned seam.  (Note:  We are always stitching with the sashing on top and the t-shirt on bottom, so that the t-shirt’s fusible interfacing is touching the feed dogs.)
  • Now it’s time to sew Block #2 to Block #3!

Lay Block #2 on top of Block #3 with right sides together.

  • Make sure the top and bottom edges of the t-shirt blocks are aligned and that the sashing of Block #2 is aligned with the left edge of Block #3.

Align t-shirt block bottom edges.

Align Block #2 sashing with left edge of Block #3.

  • Pin sashing in place  and stitch the seam.
  • Press all seams towards sashing.

Row One is assembled!

  • If you have sashing extending past your t-shirt row’s top/bottom edges, just leave it for now.

Don't cut off the extra sashing ends yet...

  • Repeat all of the above steps to assemble the blocks for rows two, three, and four.

From top to bottom, we now have Rows 1, 2, 3, & 4 of our T-Shirt Quilt!

All right!  Now we’re cookin’ with GAS!  Wha’?

Anyway, now it’s time to attach the horizontal sashing strips to Rows 1,2,&3 of your quilt.

How to Sew Horizontal Sashing:

(Note:  We are NOT attaching the outer framing strips at this time so, follow along closely!)

  • Lay a long sashing strip along the bottom edge of Quilt Row #1.

  • Lay this sashing strip with right sides together onto the bottom edge of Quilt Row #1 so that the raw edges are aligned.
  • At this point, you’ll be able to see if your shirts are in an even row.  Sometimes, no matter how carefully you assemble the rows, one shirt may end up a little out of sync.  (Like mine!)
  • To make up for this “shirt shift”, I’m switching to using a 1/2″ seam allowance for ALL of my horizontal sashing.  This is so I can make sure I catch the bottom edge of each t-shirt in my horizontal sashing seams.  – The other option would be to seam rip and try again.  Ummm, NO THANKS!

Sashing aligned with bottom edge of Row #1.

  • Pin the sashing in place and stitch using a 1/4″ or a 1/2″ seam allowance.  (As I mentioned, I switched to a 1/2″ seam, since one of my t-shirt blocks ended up a little un-even.

Stitching horizontal sashing with a 1/2" seam allowance.

  • Repeat the Horizontal Sashing steps for Rows Two & Three, but NOT Row #4!!!

Horizontal Sashing is attached to Quilt Rows 1, 2, and 3. Stop here!

In the next post,  T-Shirt Quilt Part 4, I’ll be showing you how to join Rows 1,2,3, and 4 so that the vertical sashing is nicely aligned.

We’ll also be adding the outer frame/exterior sashing to the sides, top, and bottom edge of your quilt.  BAM~!

That’s all for now!

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

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