Feeding my quilting obsession

IMG_3819That’s what my cousin, Tanya, did for me – she fed my obsession. She lives in California, I live in Ohio. She wanted to make a t-shirt quilt, so I wrote this tutorial for her and some other family members who live far away. Well, two years later (and 500 Facebook messages, LOL!) she’s made one! I can’t show it yet, as she hasn’t given it to the recipient…I never ruin a surprise. I offered to quilt it for her, so she mailed it off to me.

We also started talking about what supplies she’d need for quilting. I mentioned that the Wonder Clips were great for more than just binding. I also use them for marking seams to sew, holding folded edges together on bag handles while sewing, etc. She Googled them and found these craft clips from Hayley Cherie. When I mentioned I’d be putting them on my wish list as they were cheaper than the Wonder Clips, the next day they showed up on my doorstep, along with this message:

IMG_3826To be honest, this little message alone is a much bigger gift. It not only means that I helped her, it means that I passed on a craft and became a “teacher”. What bigger gift is there than that?

But please…feel free to feed the obsession anytime 😉

Cindi 100

4 thoughts on “Feeding my quilting obsession

  1. HA HA! I had them searched them for the purpose of sending them to you. I was looking for the right ones, and found these.

  2. Hi Cindi –

    I was hunting on the internet for instructions on how to make a T-shirt quilt and came across your great set of instructions. This will be my first T-shirt quilt (for someone else, at their request) and I am a little nervous.

    I had a few questions for you, if you do not mind…. (probably I will have more along this journey!)

    The first is that I planned to press the seams to one side – but then got to thinking that the seams should be pressed open to share the bulk. What has been your experience?

    The second is – the fabrics are from sporting events so there is a mixture of sweatshirts, regular polo-shirt fabric and nylon silky-knitted fabric. Is there any special trick to use to combine these varied fabrics into a quilt?

    Third question – At the bottom of page 7 of your tutorial you had a hint about what happens if the interfacing does not fuse completely. I could not see the rest of the solution that you had typed and would be grateful if you could let me know how to solve this problem. I am planning to press everything VERY well, but one never knows.

    May I please have your permission to print these instructions off and take them with me? I am sewing this on someone else’s machine in a different country, also a scary proposition. I may end up bringing it all home and finishing it here!

    Many thanks,
    Pam Perry

    • Hi Pam! Good questions:
      1. Feel free to do as you please. I press all of my seams to one side because I longarm quilt my quilts. But it’s not a hard and fast rule! Either way works. Although if you’re using a dark/light mixture of fabrics, the dark fabric may show through on the light when pressed.
      2. The only thing you will have to watch is your heat setting on the nylon. You may have to lower the heat and press for a longer time. I advise doing a sample on a scrap of the fabric – maybe use the sleeve. The cotton shirts and sweatshirts should be fine.
      3. I never noticed this was cut off! I was just saying to make sure you take the time to obtain good adhesion of the interfacing to the fabric.
      4. You absolutely have my permission to print it off – that’s why I created the PDF file! Anyone may print off the instructions 🙂
      Happy quilting, and send us a pic of your completed quilt!

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