LSU T-Shirt Quilt

Friday, December 26, 2014

Our friend, Matt, is a big LSU fan. He's been collecting t-shirts for quite awhile. When he discovered that I could make a t-shirt quilt with them, he was happy to pick out his favorites!

I had learned quite a bit after making the baby clothes quilt. I knew a better interfacing was needed in order for the finished quilt to be cuddly and not stiff. I decided to try Pellon 911FF.

After a few conversations with Matt, a plan was born! I waited patiently for the best combination of sales and coupons and ordered LSU cotton and fleece fabric from Jo-Ann's.

I cut each shirt apart at the seams and ironed on the interfacing. I measured all the shirt designs and cut all shirts the same size square based on the largest design.

LSU fleece backed t-shirt quilt

I sewed one of the LSU cotton fabrics as a sashing between each t-shirt. I used the second LSU cotton fabric as a larger border around the quilt.

LSU fleece backed t-shirt quilt

My mom had recently had a very large king size quilt machine quilted by Kathy Michel, a longarmer that lives about an hour from me. I decided to let her quilt this one too! I finished the top on October 28th and took it to Kathy a couple days later.

LSU fleece backed t-shirt quilt

I used the LSU fleece as the backing for the quilt. It needed to be slightly wider, but not much. Instead of doubling the width of the fleece, I decided to cut the fleece diagonally. Then I moved one of the halves down until the width was what I needed, then sewed it back together along the cut edge. The method worked perfectly!

LSU fleece backed t-shirt quilt

I decided that the added weight of the interfacing and fleece backing wouldn't require batting, so I didn't add any! Kathy quilted it with an all-over loops design (like this one!). I received the quilt back on December 22nd. The weight and feel of the quilt was exactly as I had hoped! The interfacing type had been a great choice!

LSU fleece backed t-shirt quilt

I immediately started binding it so I could gift it before the end of the year. The quilt was finished December 26th!

Matt absolutely loves the quilt! His family uses it regularly as a throw quilt in their living room.

LSU fleece backed t-shirt quilt

LSU t-shirt quilt made with t-shirts and fleece on the back, but no batting!

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