The Free Motion Quilting Project: Learn How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Learn How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

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It's time to kick off our next fun quilt along project with a new T-Shirt Quilt Along! This January I pulled out two big bags of James's baby t-shirts, onesies, and jackets and began slicing and dicing to create a tshirt quilt.

Well, life got in the way (as usual) and I'm now ready to return to this project and I want to share the process with you! If you have a collection of t-shirts or memory fabric pieces like handkerchiefs, napkins, or even just your favorite quilting fabrics, now is the time to pull them all out and make a fantastic quilt!

tshirt quilt | tshirt quilt alongClick here to learn how to piece a t-shirt quilt.

I'm piecing this quilt in big 18 inch t-shirt blocks, but quilting a 16 inch square within using my tried and true Quilt-As-You-Go method.

Click Here to check out the materials list.

Writing a materials list for a pattern like this is a bit tricky. For one thing, we will all be using different garments, which are different sizes and shapes. So if you're worried about having enough fabric for your block fronts, just get 3 yards and you should have plenty.

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Or you can just make a mishmash of multi-colors, scraps, and orphan blocks like mine!

I don't think there's a single way to approach this, so jump in when you want, however you'd like, and let's have fun making a memory quilt together. Share your progress and post questions either here or on the Leah Day Quilting Facebook Group.

Now for the quilt along part - each week I will quilt one of my tshirt blocks using a combination of walking foot and free motion style quilting. Make sure to swing by every Wednesday to find a new video on walking foot quilting posted to this page.

Now I'd love to hear what you think of this new t-shirt quilt along! Share this fun project with your friends so everyone can join in the fun and learn loads about quilting and make an awesome quilt at the same time!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. This could not come at a better time! I have a t shirt quilt to do for my sister in law...have had it over a year in a bag in my sewing room. I need to get this project off my mind and to do list. This is perfect!

  2. This sounds like fun. I took the t-shirt class on Craftsy, and it also had good info. But I like the quilt as you go method you are using, and the way you build the blocks. I'll quilt along with you!


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