Kayla’s T-shirt Quilt

Our daughter Kayla came home yesterday to quilt a T-shirt quilt that she had been working on.  I was a bit apprehensive to work with T-shirts as my quilting machine can be a little moody.


I loaded it up and gave it a try….
Here is my opinion on quilting T-shirt quilt with my machine….It wasn’t bad!  I would recommend that when making the quilt, that each T-shirt block have non-stretch cotton fabric all the way around it.  If you look at the photo above you’ll see that the white shirt along the edge doesn’t doesn’t have fabric along the left side….it made it a bit more challenging as the T-shirt doesn’t have the same give as the cotton fabric does.

Kayla was great about the construction of the quilt.  She put an interfacing that is designed for making T-shirt quilts on the back of every T-shirt portion.  That made the quilting job much easier.  It stabilizes the stretchy fabric and allows the machine to float over the portion more easily.

I tried to get Kayla to quilt it but….she said she would rather knit me a dish cloth…that was fine with me.  I love hand knitted dish cloths.


It you look close at the photo above, you’ll see Gracie camped out and sleeping on the bed next to Kayla…..and yes, the guest bedroom bed doesn’t have a quilt on it.  There is a quilt for that bed but our daughter Kalissa uses it as her “music room” and it’s always in some state of disarray.   Kalissa was busy serenading us with the latest song she wrote…I added a link to the song below so you can get serenaded too.

I didn’t get a big good large picture of Kayla’s quilt…but honestly, it’s one of the nicest T-shirt quilts I’ve seen.  The quilt is a wedding present for a couple that attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.  The guy played ball for the baseball team and the girl played for the volleyball team.  They had lots of T-shirts that sported the orange and black theme.  Kayla said her biggest challenge was get all the shirts made into similar sized blocks…I think she did a great job!


Kayla has to trim and bind it….I am guessing in a couple days you can see the whole finished quilt over on her blog, Kayla K’s Thrifty Ways.  You can find some patterns for hand knitted dish cloths there too.

So that was one more thing I checked off my list of things to try….Quilting a T-shirt quilt.  I am connecting up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Go on over and check it out.

10 thoughts on “Kayla’s T-shirt Quilt”

  1. Love it! I have a drawer of t-shirts that I am saving up for quilts down the road…now I have a resource when the time comes to make them into a quilt!

  2. I want to say that I really like the quilt, and you did a great job .. and I absolutely love Kalissa’s song! She has a great voice and that song is very touching and moving! Please let her know she’s very talented!

  3. Beautiful! A friend and I are working on a t-shirt quilt right now for a graduation present. Hope it turns out as nice as yours!

  4. Love Kalissa’s song – she is amazing. Also like Kayla’s T-shirt quilt. I have one that I need to make for my Mom but I just can’t get myself motivated to do it!

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