Mosaic T-Shirt Quilt Revealed!
I can post a picture of the full-size mosaic t-shirt quilt I made as a Christmas present for my friend’s daughter, who is a Georgia Tech cheerleader.
The Too Cool T-Shirt Quilt by Andrea Funk was my inspiration for this quilt. You can buy a copy of her book here if you want to DIY. Be forewarned that this style of quilt is a LOT more labor intensive than a traditional grid-style t-shirt quilt. That’s why they cost more (in case you are looking to hire someone to make it for your special someone).
How mine differs from the book:
~ Every bit of t-shirt fabric is backed with fusible interfacing.
~ Batting is Pellon’s Nature’s Touch, which has a soft hand.
~ Each block is individually quilted in a meander style (per customer’s request) with top thread color changed to mach the t-shirt.
A friend who makes t-shirt quilts like this on a full-time basis (she is a franchisee) warned me that the quilt would be extremely heavy to quilt because of the fusible interfacing. It was. I quilted it over a weekend and by Sunday afternoon, my hands were so sore from gripping the fabric that I could hardly write my name. (Note to self: remember this is why you prefer stadium/throw size and smaller quilts!)
I’m not going to give away any secrets in the book; but one tip I will share is that if you think you’ll make more than one quilt in this style, it’s a great idea to invest in your own set of acrylic templates. If you are like most quilters, you probably already have the square rulers in your stash (4-1/2″, 8-1/2″ and 12-1/2″ – perhaps the 16-1/2″ too). I found a local supplier, Professional Plastics, who was willing to cut the remaining templates to size for me (about $50 including tax). The templates were ready for pick-up the next day.
My end-of-year purchases included completing my set of templates for the mosaic style t-shirt quilt (so I can keep my other rulers separate) and a bolt of woven fusible interfacing (Pellon SF-101). Another friend has promised to bring me a batch of sorority shirts for me to make into a throw size mosaic t-shirt quilt when I return to work in January.