Hi! Howdy! Hello!
I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!
I spent mine teaching a few new students sewing lessons from my in-home studio and also hanging out with my kiddos.
Daddy went to play in-line hockey and we got to turn up our music nice ‘n loud and DANCED like maniacs all over the house. My kids are so FUN!!!
Anyway, I’d like to share Part 2 of our T-Shirt Quilt Sew Along so here goes!
Quilt Layout Tips
First, take a look at this printable “Quilt Map” I’ve made for you: Quilt Map Printable PDF
Yeah, I come from a long line of artists….it really shows right?
This Quilt Map is for you to print out and fill in. It will help you keep track of your desired quilt layout so that it doesn’t get too crazy confusing when you get busy sewing all your blocks and sashing together.
After I prepped all my t-shirt blocks (as directed in part one), I had to decide how to display them in my quilt. I auditioned my quilt blocks by spreading them out on the floor in different arrangements. Then I picked the arrangement that looked best to me.
Layout Tip #1: Don’t put all your dark shirts at the top or at the bottom of your quilt. See how unbalanced it would look?
Layout Tip #2: Try to mix up your shirts so that the colors are evenly dispersed throughout your quilt. Here’s another picture of what not to do:
Here’s the layout that I liked best for my quilt:
Once I had a layout that I wanted to keep, I filled in my Quilt Map. In each square of my map, I noted the color of the block and also the graphic or words. This will come in handy when it’s time to sew!
Ok! Now it’s time to work on our Sashing Strips!
Making the Sashing Strips
Sashing Fabric: 2 & 1/4 yards of 45″ wide fabric for quilt frame sashing & interior sashing on front of quilt
We are going to need several 4″ wide strips of fabric that are 2 1/4 yard long. Yikes! Have you ever had to cut such long strips before? Trust me, your quilt frame and the interior sashing will look better if you go ahead and cut these long strips. See instructions below for some helpful tips:
#1 Fold your fabric with right sides together so that the selvage edges are aligned. Selvages are the densely woven part of your fabric that will not unravel.
#2 Now, fold this fabric in half so you have 4 layers of selvages and the cut ends are stacked on top of eachother.
#3 Make sure the folded edge and the selvages are aligned with a straight line on your cutting mat or even a straight line on your tile floor.
#4 Use your rotary cutter or scissors to trim away your selvages. Remember, selvages are the densely woven part of your fabric that will not unravel.
#5 Use your rotary cutter to cut strips that are 4″ wide and parallel with the selvage edge of your fabric. -or- If you’re not comfortable with a rotary cutter, you can mark lines on your fabric that are 4″ apart, then pin through all layers of your fabric, and use scissors to cut your strips.
Now that we have our sashing and quilt frame strips, the next thing to do is begin attaching the sashing to our quilt blocks. To prevent unwanted mistakes and to help your quilt turn out as nice as possible, please follow along with me for this step and do not jump ahead!
Attaching Your Sashing to Blocks in Column 1 and Column 2 Only
For this step, you are going to use a 1/4″ seam allowance or a 1/2″ seam allowance (whatever you prefer).
We will be sewing the sashing strips to the right hand edge of all the blocks listed in column 1 and column 2 of your quilt map.
Here’s a picture of my quilt so far. The detailed instructions are below:
Repeat these steps for all of the blocks in column 1 and 2.
Stay tuned for T-Shirt Quilt Part 3: Piecing Tips and Assembling your Quilt Top
That’s all for now!
Let’s get sewing!
Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny