Join Date: May 2006
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I know how to sew, I have a basic White sewing machine, and I know how quilts are made *in theory*, but I have never made a quilt. So, I decided to get rid of all my old sentimental T-shirts (you know, the ones with logos from math camp and that sort of thing) by turning them into a quilt.
My idea is:
Cut 12" squares from a bunch of T-shirts and sew them into a simple checkerboard of light and dark squares.
Cut whole back pieces off white shirts and sew them together for the back of the quilt.
Use the leftover pieces in place of batting, by cutting them into flat pieces and basting them into a piece of cloth about the size of the whole quilt, probably doing two layers of this.
This should give me a quilt made entirely of four thicknesses of T-shirt material.
I know this sounds kind of weird. But I think it would be cool to make a quilt entirely from materials I have on hand. I also like heavy cotton quilts. And I hate it when batting bunches up over time or starts coming out through small tears in the fabric, when quilts get old, so I thought using cloth as a filler instead would eliminate the problem.
Before I actually do this project, what do you guys think? Do you foresee any problems?
Btw, although I plan to piece everything together on my home machine, I have a friend whose mom has one of those $1000+ quilting machines, which I could probably borrow for the actual quilting.