This is not your typical t-shirt quilt.
If you have not had the pleasure with working with t-shirts before – they are much harder to quilt than you would imagine. The material is not conducive to any complex piecing, non bulky seams and free motion quilting. When I was given these t-shirts (from a family whose Grandmother had passed away) I wasn’t sure what I would do with the huge array of colors – the t-shirts also vary in their ‘stretch’, weave/texture, sheen and thickness.
I was asked to make some new bedding for a family’s little girl (5) who was graduating from her crib/toddler bed into brand new bunk beds. Her toddler bed had various bedding – a bed skirt, sheet, pillows & blanket.
We talked about what would be best and we decided that a duvet cover instead of a quilt would be most utilized.The aim was to make two matching duvet covers for each bunk.
I carefully took all the old bedding apart, washed it all, ironed and began to assess how much fabric we had. The family wanted a very classic calm design and we decided on plain squares – keeping them 5″ in size so the duvets would seem classic but still modern.
I am pleased with the result. They look like something out of a Pottery Barn catalog. The flannel duvet covers are so soft and the weight of the quilted top make them feel very expensive – I’m not sure anyone would guess at first glance that these are a recycled project.