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Showcase Memories with a T-Shirt Quilt

Create a cherished heirloom T-shirt quilt top with four layouts, three sashing options, and ideas for embellishments.
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Created by Abby Clabough
Last updated 1/2014
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This course will teach you design and construction techniques to create a T-shirt quilt top. I will demonstrate techniques on video, provide patterns and drawings for design options, and lists for tools and supplies as well as embellishment options. While you don't need to have quilting experience, it is expected that you know how to operate your sewing machine.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who knows how to use a sewing machine and would like to create a T-shirt quilt.
  • Knowledge of rotary cutting is very helpful.
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What Will I Learn?
Design and construct a T-shirt quilt top
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  • You must know how to use a sewing machine.
  • Quilting experience helpful but not required.
  • See the T-shirt class page on for a comprehensive list of supplies and tools.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 10 Lectures Collapse All 10 Lectures 30:55
Before the First Cut
4 Lectures 07:25

This is a quick introduction to the course. Included is a printable class outline that includes all the lecture descriptions.

Preview 00:32

I go over what you'll need for the course. I'm a little short on the material needed at this point, because you may choose a layout that doesn't require it. I'll go into more detail on that in Lecture 4. There's a printable supply list you can take to the store with you.

Preview 03:26

There are four layouts I teach in this class. There's a printable document that gives you a good picture of the options and can help you choose which will be best for you.

Preview 02:10

We go over suggestions for choosing shirts and making decisions on sashing, if you've chosen a layout that includes sashing. There's a document included that provides notes of everything we go over in the video.

Preview 01:17
Making the First Cut
3 Lectures 11:10

There is a demonstration on how I cut shirts along with some tips for cutting your own shirts. In this video, I suggest leaving a lot of extra room because you don't know how big you'll want the block at this point. However, if you are planning on creating a quilt with uniformly-sized blocks, you can cut them close to your desired size. IMPORTANT: The jersey material shifts a lot and you need to leave room for seams, so be generous and careful when cutting the shirts down.

Preview 03:16

In this demonstration, I am applying the interfacing to the T-shirt blocks. If you are making a quilt with uniformly-sized blocks, trim your blocks to their unfinished size (1/2" larger than the finished size) after they are stabilized. If you are new to rotary cutting, please watch the lecture on trimming the blocks in the next section.

Stabilizing the Shirts

This is where the quilt top starts coming together. Watch as I lay out the blocks and use contrast to create a visually pleasing quilt top. Regardless of the layout you choose, you'll lay out your quilt top in the same manner and rearrange the blocks until you feel it's just right.

Design the Layout
Put the Quilt Top Together
3 Lectures 11:20

This is a lecture on trimming the blocks with a rotary cutter. If you've never used a rotary cutter, it's important that you view this video. If you're comfortable squaring up blocks with a rotary cutter, this might be a review for you.

Trimming the Blocks with a Rotary Cutter

We bring it all together with this lecture. The video explains and shows how the irregular blocks go together smoothly while still looking randomly placed. There are four documents with this lecture that give written instructions on how each layout is assembled.

Assembling the Top

Finishing the Quilt
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About the Instructor
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Quilting Instructor at Bad Girl Quilts

Abby has been quilting since 1999. She made her first T-shirt quilt at a retreat with her future sisters-in-law, and they were amazed at how well she was able to turn her vision into reality. Since then, she's made several T-shirt quilts with various twists and has many happy T-shirt quilt customers.

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