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ImageSharon
Feb 29, 2016 11:35 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
This is siliolegma/Karen's Quilt Gallery where she can share photos of all her quilts.

She'll be happy to have your comments or questions but just as it is in an art gallery, the pictures shared here will be only those that Karen posts.

Karen does so many interesting things with quilting and aside from their beauty, they always have a unique purpose. I'm anxious to see all the pictures she posts, I know you are too.

I'm attaching a temporary picture until she has one she'd like to post here. This is a photo of one of the quilts I saw at a Quilt Show here in Paducah a few years ago. I thought you might enjoy seeing it. Sorry I didn't get the name of the one who made it.

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ImageSiliolegma
Mar 1, 2016 8:44 AM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
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Imagequilter5
Mar 1, 2016 8:45 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
So beautiful Karen!!! Your kids, grandkids and greats must be thrilled!!!!!!
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 1, 2016 8:55 AM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
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Some of the T-shirt quilts I made for D.I. to raffle off for the scholarship fund.
Oops I goofed, the second was a graduation gift for my God-Grand daughter. Or is that Grand-God Daughter? Anyhow she's my daughters God-daughter and I'v'e loved her since she was born.

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Imagemagga
Mar 1, 2016 1:35 PM CST
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland
Ægir´s Mom and Charley´s girl
How very beautiful your tree skirts are Karen, I love them all. I also like your T-shirt quilts, I'm sure the young people adore them. Question: what do you use to stabilize the T-shirts? Thumbs up
Magga
ImageSharon
Mar 1, 2016 1:55 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Incredible, Karen! Just beautiful, all of them. I've saved T shirts for years, those of my children, just waiting for a chance to make a T-shirt quilt. I'm so glad to see yours.
ImageJumper2
Mar 3, 2016 9:04 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Huron, OH
nice work Karen Thumbs up
psychw2
Mar 3, 2016 9:05 AM CST
Name: Pat Hull
Othello, WA
I had no idea you had made so many Tshirt quilts! And I KNOW you have more tree skirts somewhere! I never see a treeskirt that I don't think of YOU! LOL beautiful!
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 3, 2016 7:02 PM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
I think I've made about a dozen T-shirt quilts. I'll need to get my cousin to send a pic of the one I made her son it's quite different. I've made over 20 tree skirts.
psychw2
Mar 3, 2016 9:13 PM CST
Name: Pat Hull
Othello, WA
Yea, I knew you were holding out on us! Rolling on the floor laughing Not near enough pictures! Thumbs up
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 5, 2016 6:12 PM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
My cousin sent a pic of this one I made for her son's graduation. She had been saving things since he started school. Included is his baptism towel, basketball jerseys, a baseball jacket, and of course a ton of Ts.
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ImageSharon
Mar 5, 2016 7:02 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
That's really nice, Karen. Can you tell me what kind of backing you used? And was the backing applied to the blocks before stitching them all together? Not sure I understand this one but I've been saving T shirts for years and years. It would be fun to make one like this for my two children.
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 5, 2016 7:18 PM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
I use Pellon P44F Iron on interfacing. If you can't find that exact one, the very thinnest you can find will do. It's just to give the Ts a bit of body.

I had my local glass repair make me templates out of 1/8" plexiglass. It was not expensive because they could use scrap pieces. I make my blocks based on 4" plus 1/2" for seam, just like regular quilting. So 4 1/2 x 4 1/2, 4 1/2 x 8 1/2, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 etc. all the way to 16 1/2 x 16 1/2.
The first time I cut the design. I cut it 1 inch bigger all the way around. When I cut the interfacing, I cut it an extra 1/2 inch all the way around. After I iron on the interfacing, I cut to the finished size.
On my templates I used a sharpie and drew an X corner to corner. This helped me center the designs.

As a side benefit, I cut the neck & sleeves off the shirts and then cut the rest into cleaning rags or shop rags. Just can't bear to waste.
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 5, 2016 7:25 PM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
I also have a large presser so ironing on the Pellon is a snap. If you want to mail me your shirts, I would be happy to cut the designs and iron on the pellon for you since I have all the handy dandy tools.
ImageSharon
Mar 5, 2016 7:33 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You are such a sweetheart but you are already so busy I can't keep up with you. Your words help me to understand exactly what to do so when I get to the Ts, I'll let you know and we'll see where we both stand at that point. Thank you bunches.

I've kept the old T fronts cut out and stored in a cedar chest, so it's just a matter of getting out of this painting rut and into the cedar chest.

You've given me the inspiration.
Imagequilter5
Mar 6, 2016 6:50 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
That's what we are all about Sharon. Inspiration!!! I get it every day from all these wonderful friends....
ImageSharon
Mar 6, 2016 11:12 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Me too, Barb, for sure, me too!
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 13, 2016 8:31 AM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
All finished and ready to be raffled April 16th. Proceeds go towards the Destination Imagination Michigan scholarship fund.



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ImageSharon
Mar 13, 2016 10:48 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Karen, that's a true treasure. It will make somebody truly happy.

Someday when you have time, I'd like to know more about putting something like that together. I can see some straight block lines but not in every row. And i know there's something behind the T shirts so that they don't stretch. Every tutorial I've looked at is different and the instructions are different as well. It's all a puzzle to me.
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 13, 2016 1:20 PM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
I love making T-shirt quilts, I think they're my favorites. I use the lightest weight iron on interfacing I can find. I went to a local glass repair shop and had them make me 1/8" acrylic templates. They were very reasonable as they could use scraps.
Al, my blocks are based on 4" plus 1/2" for seam allowance. Templates are...4 1/2 x 4 1/2, 4 1/2 x 8 1/2, 4 1/2 x 12 1/2 etc, up to 16 1/2 x 16 1/2.
The first time I cut the designs, I cut 1" bigger on each side. Then I cut the interfacing 1/2" bigger.
I'm very fortunate as I have a large press (my aunt found it at a yard sale for $5. many years ago.)
After I iron on the interfacing, I then use the templates to center the design and make the final cuts.
Putting them together is like working a puzzle. I keep re-arranging until I'm happy with how it looks.
Sew together. I have a long armer quilt it, it's too big for my machine and knit is too hard to sew by hand. I usually use a flannel backing as it makes them cozy. I watch for sales on flannel sheet sets, usually in the spring. then I can give a matching top sheet and pillow case.


Now many people just use 12" blocks with sashing between them. That is just fine and looks nice. The first ones I made were like that. Took me a while to get braver about it.

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