I had already measured up the t-shirts and had a halfway plan already written up. Only bad thing was I couldn't figure out half of my drawing. So I just cut and got started, knowing I would make a go of whatever I made. I cut the shirts and ironed the french fuse to the t-shirts.
I sat and debated on the fabric I bought months ago for the sashing and filler. I bought this fabric because I liked the Eagle fabric and its patriotic meaning and His college mascot. The flag fabric, though busier then I usually pick just stuck out as a good match. I decided to use the busy flag fabric as the sashing and binding, then the blue eagle fabric as the filler and outer border. I decided to make the sashing two and a quarter inches.
When I do a t-shirt quilt, I do not cut all of my blocks to match. I cut them at different heights and widths dependent on the size of what is on them. I then try to organize the rows with like heights or widths. In the end, I wish I would have done this quilt with the blocks facing the opposite direction, but things like that are sometimes just an afterthought.
Usually I use a lot of filler material. For this quilt, I had 2 vests, a dress shirt and camo shirt to put in somewhere. Instead of using the filler I put the vests and shirt in the bigger spaces. I really did not know what to do of a dress shirt that had prints of New York City on it. In the end the tall row needed a four and a half inch filler, the Statue of Liberty fit in perfect. So I put it in the middle. It may be my favorite part of this quilt!
This quilt ended up being huge at 82 x 91, it kept growing. The young man this quilt will belong to is tall like his parents. So that's a good thing.
I decided to make the outer border 5 inches. That allowed the Eagles on the blue to stand out. And when I found a side that was not squared well, hid my mistake perfectly.
I don't have my Juki back, so I decided due to the size of this quilt, I would straight line quilt it.
I haven't made a T-shirt quilt in a while, sometimes making them is very unpredictable when it comes to the fabrics provided and you never know how the person your making it for will act. So I only will do these for a few people, with the understanding that they won't always be perfect.