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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.