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it’s done!

I finally, finally, finished up my t-shirt quilt over the weekend.  Talk about a project!  This was the most difficulty I had completing a sewing project ever.  I knew I wanted to finish it though, only five years or so after I started it.  You can read my other posts about it here and here.

I chose to do random line quilting, nothing very dense, just to keep things together.
So glad it’s all done now, my favorite blanket by far.  After I got it from the dryer I immediately scooped it up and cuddled under it. 
oh and I love the back, I picked two black and white ginghams (one 1/8″ the other is a 1″)!

51 Responses to it’s done!

  1. Kristen 09.07.2011 at 9:49 am #

    I love it!!! I definitely need to do something similar with all my old college t-shirts that I never wear anymore.

    Thanks for sharing – have fun cuddling up under it this fall and winter!

    Kristen@Turning a House into a Home

  2. Heather 09.07.2011 at 9:57 am #

    OMGosh… i don’t know what i’m more jealous of! the quilt or that you saved all that goodness to make that quilt knowing i DIDN’T! LOL

    luv it!
    X, H

  3. Jeni 09.07.2011 at 10:02 am #

    Woo hoo! It’s so awesome! I really like the quilting!

    I need to make one of these too! I’ve been saving Cleveland Cavs tshirts for years in preparation! :)

  4. Jen@thecraftingfiend 09.07.2011 at 10:05 am #

    is it much more difficult sewing tshirts vs. regular quilting cotton? I am thinking about making my girl one of these with her baby clothing for when she moves out (as in 17 years at the earliest lol)

  5. Sandy 09.07.2011 at 10:14 am #

    I gotta make me one of these.. I have so many T-shirts that I don’t wear but don’t want to throw/give away either… this is the perfect project!

  6. The Fire Wife 09.07.2011 at 10:28 am #

    I L-O-V-E LOVE my T-shirt quilts! They’re perfect for anything, picnics, cuddling, napping, whatever! Super cute!

  7. nikki 09.07.2011 at 10:34 am #

    i made a blanket for my sister with all of her kids’ baby clothes so i know what a difficult project this is!
    congrats on finishing it!

  8. CÖ SER 09.07.2011 at 10:50 am #

    muy original y lindo.

  9. CÖ SER 09.07.2011 at 10:50 am #

    muy original y lindo.

  10. Grandma G 09.07.2011 at 11:02 am #

    How cool is that!! All those memories quilted up together! A treasure for sure!

  11. Krista 09.07.2011 at 11:19 am #

    So very fun! Congrats on finally getting it finished and off of your to do list. I love, love, love the gingham on the back! Especially how you used two different sizes!

  12. Sheila 09.07.2011 at 11:20 am #

    Well worth finishing! My second ever quilt was a t shirt quilt for my son, not brilliantly made but a favourite still.

  13. 09.07.2011 at 11:43 am #

    I love it! Looks so snuggly and I adore the black/white check. My fave print ever! Bet that feels good to be crossed off the sewing list!!

  14. Jacey 09.07.2011 at 12:04 pm #

    I bet it is so cozy. It is lovely. The gingham you chose for the back is great!

  15. skirtastop 09.07.2011 at 12:08 pm #

    congratulations! it looks awesome, so snuggly, and it must feel fantastic to be done with such a long WIP.

  16. liZ evans 09.07.2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Love this idea and quilt. What a great way to save those memories.

  17. Amy 09.07.2011 at 12:48 pm #

    This turned out wonderful! Both my husband and I have tons of special t’s we have held on to for years. I want to do this with them, but I have never quilted. Maybe one of these days I will get around to it.

  18. Caitlin 09.07.2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I love the way you stitched yours! I was crazy enough to have a t-shirt quilt be my first quilt and let’s just say it took awhile for me to have the desire to try another. Mine can be found here:

    I think next time I’ll be avoiding the denim and sticking with your cotton method!

  19. Amy 09.07.2011 at 1:04 pm #

    I really don’t want my husband to see this post because I am sure that he has never heard of a tshirt quilt but he has a bag marked “sentimental tshirts” up in the attic and I don’t want him to get any ideas! I know that it would be a tricky project working with all those knits. Congratulations on finishing it up!

  20. Emily 09.07.2011 at 1:32 pm #

    It turned out great!!!

  21. chris 09.07.2011 at 1:35 pm #

    What a perfect quilt for a teen boy. Will have to pin this for the future.

  22. ginger freckle 09.07.2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Neato! I’m actually headed to La Crosse/La Crescent this weekend to see my Grandfather – funny to see those towns listed on your quilt. This gives me a great idea for my husband’s old shirts. Nice job!

  23. jamie @ backless shirt 09.07.2011 at 2:11 pm #

    It turned out great! I can tell how cuddly it is just through the pictures. Is that an extra pair of legs in the second pic? Made me giggle…my kids are always hopping into photos like this, too.

  24. Delia 09.07.2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I love it too. It looks incredibly comfy. :)

  25. Poppyprint 09.07.2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Way to go! It’s so great to finish up a long-lasting project. Looks like a lot of great memories in that quilt.

  26. evamarie 09.07.2011 at 2:31 pm #

    It’s cute and i love it has all these memories for you! Eva-marie

  27. quirky granola girl 09.07.2011 at 2:53 pm #

    i love how soft old tshirts are. i bet that quilt is super cozy.

  28. Jessica 09.07.2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Gorgeous! I have put off t shirt quilts too. I love your random line quilting- may have to try that on my next one :)

  29. QuiltyGirl 09.07.2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Yay! It looks great, I love the straight line quilting!

  30. Maureen Cracknell Handmade 09.07.2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Wow, it turned out great!!!

  31. Dahlia 09.07.2011 at 3:56 pm #

    It looks so comfy! I should probably start one with Jeremy’s old shirts…he still wears them even with all the rips and holes :) ha ha ha.

  32. The Hunter's Prize 09.07.2011 at 4:58 pm #

    I love the quilting! I am about to quilt a tee shirt quilt for a friend and I think I will do something similarly simple! But hers is much bigger and is going to take a long time!

  33. Jacqui 09.07.2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I love the idea of these quilts, though I don’t wear tshirts with logos and hence have none to use! I don’t know if you read Sweet Juniper Woodcraft at all, but she did one like this a couple years ago for her mother using her step-father’s shirts after he had recently died. I thought it was lovely to say the least.

  34. Carolyn 09.07.2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Five year, smive years….it was worth it!

  35. Katy Cameron 09.07.2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Love how it came out, especially the mixed gingham back

  36. Stitchin' time 09.07.2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Oh, it looks great! Love the mixed gingham back.

  37. My name is Ali... 09.08.2011 at 1:04 am #

    Congrats!! That is so cool!!


  38. nic hildebrandt 09.08.2011 at 2:02 am #

    totally awesome!!!!

  39. Anonymous 09.08.2011 at 7:49 am #

    Anna, this is awesome!! I would love to make one for my daughter. I hate to ask but how did you do it? I’m not asking for a tutorial but I would think working with t-shirts would be pretty tricky. Nice time to finish it with fall around the corner. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!:)
    Google is acting up!

  40. emily b 09.08.2011 at 11:04 am #

    Awesome work! And as I’m reading all the shirts, I realized you’re from Wisconsin – I completely forgot that fact! Great, great work.
    From a fellow Wisconsinite,

  41. amy 09.08.2011 at 1:03 pm #

    I was just looking through a bag of Olivia’s baby clothes… knowing that someday I’ll be making a quilt with those cloths, but I’m too chicken to start cutting into that stuff today. Congratulations on finishing your quilt, it looks sooo comfy indeed! xo amy

  42. Sew Much Ado 09.09.2011 at 12:30 am #

    That looks SO cozy! Must be so nice to wrap up in all your old shirts!

  43. traci 09.09.2011 at 8:03 am #

    It turned out great and looks so comfy. It is inspiring to think that you really can get a tshirt quilt done that has been on the to do list for awhile. I have the tshirts all ready to go and have had them ready to go for a few years. Maybe this is the year for mine!

  44. Brandy Wentzler 09.09.2011 at 9:33 am #

    Ok, so I just joined your blog and I can’t tell you what excites me more… your totally cool ideas or the fact that you have a shirt quilt with shirts from UW LaCrosse. LaCrosse, WI is still one of my favorite haunts along with Winona, Red Wing, Alma, Stockholm and plenty of other river towns.

  45. Emily 09.09.2011 at 10:13 am #

    Thank you so much! What a fun quilt! I have a similar idea for the future! I have featured you on our blog fav this week at

    Thanks again!

  46. Janelle 09.09.2011 at 11:41 am #

    It turned out so beautifully

  47. luvinthemommyhood 09.10.2011 at 12:50 am #

    Yay! It turned out so fabulous hun! I love it!!!

  48. lucy x 09.10.2011 at 9:48 am #

    Love it ! I have been collecting my boys t-shirts for a while now, and this has been on my to-do for ages. Its great to see how good the finished project can turn out. Thanks for all the tips too, nice to have them before I start. x

  49. Katy 09.12.2011 at 4:47 pm #

    it looks great. my boys have a ton of sport shirts and would love to one day do this!

  50. Bec 09.13.2011 at 7:50 am #

    I Absolutely ADORE this Anna… xx Its gorgeous! My dad has been begging me to make one.. ALthough i had never actually seen one done before. Def on my to do list now! xx

  51. Lauren P 09.14.2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Awesome! I love your random straight line quilting. Tshirt quilts are so cozy!

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