At the beginning of May, a sewing client for whom I had previously made two t-shirt blankets called me to ask if I could make another. Her oldest daughter is graduating from high school tomorrow, and she had been saving t-shirts from her daughter's teams, trips and favorite places for a while. She wanted them turned into a t-shirt blanket that can be used as a dorm bedspread next fall at Penn State.
|Piles of t-shirts, waiting to be made into a blanket1|
Some t-shirt quilt makers put fabric sashing between each block. I prefer to sew 'shirt to shirt', cutting the blocks 12 1/2" square. The blanket goes together quickly and makes for easier quilting. I use polar fleece, sweatshirt fleece or soft 'minkee' fleece on the back, so I don't add batting between the layers. This allows the quilting to be a bit more spread out than if I used batting. I use Wrights double-fold fleece binding on the edges.
|Pre-packaged binding makes finishing the blanket a breeze!|
|My digital ironing press cost a little less than $100 on-line, but saves me hours of time!|
Ta-da! Here's the finished product!
|A one-of-a-kind graduation gift!|
So, one thing has been scratched off my list...hoping to get two or three more finished by the weekend!