Different Styles of T-shirt Quilts

Pamela rented a longarm quilting machine to quilt this Rafting themed Tshirt Quilt

There are lots of different styles of T-shirt quilts and they are all the rage today. You can get a t-shirt at any event, sometimes included with the price of admission. Keeping all those shirts can really take a lot of room in your storage spaces and for what? You might never wear them again. The following […]

Meandering Around with our Longarm Renters

Kim's Split Rain Fence Quilt after renting a longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

One of the quilting world’s staple designs is the meander. Sometimes we don’t even think of the meander as a design. It is just a single line wiggling all over the quilt. The word meander actually comes from the name of a river in south western Turkey that has a lot of twists and turns. Now it just […]

T-shirts Galore Can Become Heirlooms

Purdue University Tshirt Quilt after Longarm Quilting Machine Rental

T-shirts as we know them came out sometime after World War II. Since that time they have grown to become a major part of our culture today. Do you know anyone who hasn’t at one time or another worn a t-shirt? Now a days, you can buy a t-shirt emblazoned with just about any company […]

Memory Quilts are the Best for Keeping Those Keepsake Fabric Items

Harley Davidson T-shirt Quilt

There are a lot of reasons to make a quilt. You need a bedspread of a certain color or fabric, you like the look of the vintage pieced quilt, or you are an artist using fabric as your medium. But one of the reasons people love quilts, is that they allow you to use fabric […]

Three Memorial Quilts from our Longarm Renters

Hand embroidered blocks on a memorial quilt for a school

Some of us are hoarders. We like to keep things that have long past their usefulness. But how do you throw away something that reminds you of happy times? How do you throw away something you’ve held onto for decades? Some of us just can’t do it. But then the question is what do we […]

Joanne’s Harley Davidson T-shirt Quilt

What do you collect when you travel? Joanne's friend collects Harley Davidson shirts and asked her to make him a T-shirt quilt. Here's how I quilted it!

Can you imagine having the opportunity of traveling the world? What souvenir would you buy to commemorate each of those destinations? Some buy snow globes, or magnets, or postcards. One gentleman bought Harley Davidson t-shirts. In total, he collected over fifty of these shirts but lacked any way of displaying them. That is where Joanne […]

Our Renters Make Fabulous Quilts with Simple Blocks!

T-shirt quilt for a teenage girl.

Intricate complicated piecing designs are amazing to look at. These are the show stoppers that demand attention at competitions or hanging on your living room wall. But not every quilt needs to be ornate. A lot of times, we just want a warm quilt to curl up in on a cold winter’s evening. The following […]

A Quilt Fit for a Soccer Star

Sue asked me to quilt this awesome soccer jersey quilt! I was so impressed with the way she played with the sashing and cornerstones, and how she cut some of the jerseys in really surprising ways.

What’s the perfect gift for a soccer star who has it all? A T-shirt quilt made with their jerseys of course! What do you think of Sue’s Soccer Jersey quilt? I love the black and white sashing and cornerstones. The nine-patch blocks remind me of the pattern on a traditional soccer ball. Isn’t that clever? At […]

Three Ways to Go

How fun is Judy's Pins and Paws quilt? She quilted it with a bubbles design board at Quilted Joy

There is never just one way to do something right, especially with artistic endeavors. Multiple choices should be seen as multiple opportunities to try something new. With longarm quilting there are so many choices to be made like thread, color, density, and design. In fact, our renters have three different ways to quilt their quilts. […]

Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

Have you ever had a friend suggest that you use Minky to back a quilt, only to have another friend say, “It’s SO hard to sew with Minky!” Should you try it or not? Is it O.K. to use fabrics other than quilting cotton in your quilt? The answer is YES! Some fabrics need to […]

T-Shirt Quilt Camp – Wrap-Up!

Barb shows off the finished T-shirt quilt she made during the T-shirt Quilt Camp at Quilted Joy

On Saturday, our fearless adventurers finished up their T-shirt quilts on the third day of T-Shirt Quilt Camp.  In their first session, they learned how to use the heat press to stabilize their T-shirts, then selected a layout for their tops.  In the second session, they cut out sashings and borders and assembled much of […]

Introducing My New Toy, a Heat Press!

Pam uses a heat press to interface her T-shirts before making a T-Shirt Quilt

I got a new toy to use while making t-shirt quilts. I always put a non woven fusible interfacing on all the shirts I use in a t-shirt quilt to help stabilize it. This used to be a real chore, because I could only fuse a small amount at a time since I was limited […]

Yet Another T-Shirt Quilt From Jennifer!

Kitty is at it again! Who knew that when she took that T-shirt quilt class from me, she’d be whipping out so many great t-shirt quilts? She made another one for Jennifer. This one has great personality. Take a look at the “Trix are for Kids” shirt. Oh, and the Hawaiian Punch & Spongebob shirts. […]

Patty’s Tshirt Memory Quilt for Graduation

Patty’s daughter is going to get a fun, funky t-shirt quilt for her graduation! Patty picked out her own fabrics for the sashing, cornerstones, outside border, binding and backing. Here’s the stack of T-shirts waiting to be interfaced and blocked. Take a look at this custom air brushed shirt of Patty’s daughter. Isn’t that awesome? […]

Theresa’s T-shirt Memory Quilt

I’ve been so snowed under lately that I haven’t had a chance to breathe, much less post! Here’s a beautiful T-shirt quilt I just finished. This young woman is a recent grad from the University of Kentucky. She used bright, cheery, fun, wonderful colors to frame out her shirts. Pretty, isn’t it?       […]

Laura’s T-Shirt Quilt with Minkee Back

This is a graduation gift for Laura’s daughter.  The shirts are all mementos from the things she holds dear. Laura told me her daughter was just a wonderful young woman who has been a joy to watch grow up. The back of this quilt is black dotted minkee fabric and feels like chinchilla fur! The […]

Sentimental T-Shirt Quilt for a Graduation Present!

This is Jennifer’s T-shirt quilt made for her daughter by her good friend, Kitty. Can you tell her daughter likes horses? You can’t see it but the backing is a plush microfleece fabric.  If you haven’t used it before be aware that it stretches and sheds like crazy when you are putting a seam in. […]

T-Shirt Quilt for Kitty’s Daughter

This is a gift for Kitty’s daughter who is graduating this year. Don’t you love how you can get a glimpse into what interests someone through the t-shirts that mean a bunch to them? Kitty made this top herself and asked me to quilt it for her.  I don’t have a photo of it but […]

Meandering T-Shirt Quilting & A Log Cabin Variation

Here’s Kris’ T-shirt quilt: bound and ready to be delivered to her tomorrow!     I did an overall meander that added some great texture to her t-shirt quilt.  This type of quilting would be easy to do on your domestic sewing machine as well.  Just think of it as puzzles pieces or a wandering path […]

Queen Sized T-Shirt Quilt for a Sporty Guy

This is the t-shirt quilt made for Kris’ son. He is an athlete with talent in a variety of sports. She’s got t-shirts of his in there from basketball, soccer, and baseball. But there are also t-shirts showing how smart this young man is as well. The most impressive one is a t-shirt from a […]

Lisa’s T-Shirt Quilt

Lisa's T-Shirt Quilt, quilted by Angela Huffman

Lisa’s t-shirt quilt is done! This quilt is made up of her son’s many sports shirts.  The focus block, however, is a special kiddo shirt that must have made Lisa’s heart sing every time she saw him in it. As I finished this quilt I started thinking about how nice it would be to have […]

Linda’s T-Shirt Quilt

Linda asked me to quilt this super cute and very unique T-shirt quilt! She actually appliqued each shirt onto the background!

I find it funny that the past three quilts I’ve done are all for different Lindas! This one is Linda S’s t-shirt quilt. I’ve never seen a t-shirt quilt like this before- it is so original. She put the background fabric together then appliquéd the t-shirt panels on the top. The edges are trimmed out […]

T-shirt Quilt For My Pop!

T Shirt Quilt

It’s done! I pieced the top at RIM and now it is officially quilted and bound! The shirts came from my dad’s closet. He’s got a bit of everything in there, including his army patches/insignias. I even put a functioning pocket from his Walgreens smock at the perfect height for a remote. He was speechless […]

Here’s the Latest Finished T-Shirt Quilt!

T-shirt Quilt

Here’s the latest T-shirt quilt I pulled off the frame and delivered. My client loved it and said it was going to be incredibly difficult to keep it a secret until the big presentation moment. The shirts are from all the teams her daughter was a member of over the course of her school years. […]