Harley Davidson T-Shirt Quilt Update
Happy Birthday to my brother Jim! ♥ ♥ Last year, we made a t-shirt quilt for our friend Pat. It was comprised of diving t-shirts from all over the world; places she visited and wanted a remembrance of by buying a shirt. We compiled these together, and when Pat’s friend, Deena, saw it she asked if we would make one for her. This time, the t-shirts were all Harley Davidson-related and the quilt was to be for her husband, Tim.
Deena gave us about 30 of Tim’s beloved Harley Davidson t-shirts. They had all been worn before and we could tell some were really a favorite. All were black, or shades thereof, except for one orange t-shirt. We knew we wanted to capture all possible parts of that shirt and feature it. Deena had the shirts so neatly folded that we hated to mess them up or cut into them. But we had to and we, did!
It was fun for us to see where the shirts were from, like Sturgis, SD that we visited in the summer of 2017.
T-Shirt Step One
Cutting up the shirts is definitely a scary process. Until you dissect the t-shirt you have no idea how big the block can be or even the size of the quilt. It’s not like you decide you want a lap size quilt from 12″ blocks so you make 30 of them. Some shirts may have a 16″ square design while others have a 8″ x 15″ picture with more on the sleeve, back and/or pocket.
We cut apart the t-shirt saving as much and as many of the designs as possible. This time we were striving to have minimal sashing or extraneous fabric on the front other than from the t-shirt material. Sue spent a lot of time taking measurements and doing math. Thankfully, she didn’t consult me as we all know that I can confuse the best math person!
T-Shirt Step Two
Once trimmed, Sue records the probable dimensions and labels them with a number. This system works for us so that we don’t get lost in translation as is want to happen between The Cutting Department and The Sewing Department. Once all the sizes have been determined and a layout finalized, interfacing is the next step.
T-Shirt Step Three
Here are several pieces that have been trimmed to size and interfacing has been applied to the wrong side. These are smaller pieces from pockets and shirt sleeves that we are being combined to match the size of a t-shirt front. We’ll share more details as this project progresses, including adhering the interfacing, etc.
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