The Ultimate T-Shirt Quilt

Don't let treasured T-shirts collect dust in a drawer. Show them off in a quilt you'll cherish for a lifetime!
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Overview

Showcase special memories in a personalized quilt! Award-winning quilter Winnie Fleming gets you started, sharing tips to help you turn a stack of T-shirts into fabric ready to be stitched. Explore fun layouts, then construct your quilt using Winnie's secret technique for creating crisp points and perfectly symmetrical rows. Add finishing touches with a range of border and backing options.

About

Winnie Flemming
Winnie Flemming

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Winnie Fleming is an award-winning quilter who has been honing her craft for more than 30 years, as well as quilting and judging for over 25 years. Winnie enjoys running multiple programs every year for guilds and quilting retreats. She is also the author of "Simple Blocks Make Sensational Quilts." A native Texan, Winnie lives in Houston with her husband.

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Getting Started

01: Getting Started

Meet your instructor, quilter Winnie Fleming, as you dive into any T-shirt quilt project of your choosing. Winnie shows you how to select the best fabrics and patterns for your project, helping you cut around focal points with care.

22 min
Preparing Your Blocks

02: Preparing Your Blocks

Prep your blocks as you stabilize the fabric and cut your blocks to size. Pick up Winnie's pro tips for working with stabilizer, learn how to use an iron or a block-friendly steam press to set the glue. Next, try your hand at techniques that you might be new to, such as transferring photos onto fabric.

33 min
Planning Your Layout

03: Planning Your Layout

Arranging the blocks can be a challenging part of T-shirt quilting, but Winnie makes it easy to create the composition that you want. Mix and match different sizes and colors until you're pleased with the configuration of your blocks and the way they draw the viewer's eye.

14 min
Filler Strips

04: Filler Strips

Each of your quilt's blocks will evoke a nostalgic memory, and the fabric that unites them can help set the tone for the overall feeling that you want to convey. Learn how to choose filler strips that will make your quilt playful, sophisticated, soothing, upbeat, or any other mood that you desire!

21 min
Putting It Together

05: Putting It Together

All of the components are in place; now it's time to start putting your quilt together. Start by auditioning the filler strips you started working on in the prior lesson before sewing your blocks and strips together. Winnie shares valuable construction and pressing tips that will result in perfectly symmetrical rows and crisp points.

27 min
Adding the Border

06: Adding the Border

Don't let the quilt blocks and filler strips have all the fun; borders can play into your T-shirt quilt theme, as well! Learn how to calculate the border sizes you want before measuring and cutting your fabric with precision. Winnie shows you multiple border options to help kickstart your creativity!

17 min
Finishing Options

07: Finishing Options

Put the finishing touches on your quilt with a beautiful backing, ranging from plush to pieced, and consider echoing the themes you incorporated throughout the quilt's top. Finish with gorgeous custom quilting, if desired, before your quilt full of meaningful memories is ready to give away.

14 min