Tame those tees! How to make a t-shirt memory quilt (+ giveaway)

The T-shirt: it’s a classic American collectible. Most everyone owns a stack of tees they can’t bear to part with. And why would we? So often, the logos and images on t-shirts capture events or times in our lives that are precious to us. T-shirts are filled with memories!

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So we beg you—DON’T say goodbye to the stack of t-shirts that you, your family, or your friends own. Instead, pick up the new book Terrific T-Shirt Quilts, pair it with your sewing skills, and create a cuddly keepsake!
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Too Precious to Pitch t-shirt quilt

In Terrific T-Shirt Quilts, you’ll first learn tricks for taming t-shirt fabrics, from cutting motifs and sewing knits to choosing interfacings and stabilizers.
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How-to examples from
Terrific T-Shirt Quilts

Then, you’ll transform tees celebrating sports, vacation spots, concerts, fundraisers—even children’s onesies, bibs, and jammies—into cute quilted mementos that friends and family will adore. And thank you for!
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Winning Combination t-shirt quilt

Terrific T-Shirt QuiltsSo far, two Martingale staffers have made t-shirt quilts using the instructions in Terrific T-Shirt Quilts. We asked them to share their terrific-tee sewing experience with us. Here’s what customer-service representative Sheila said about her quilt, which turned out so terrific that it was chosen to grace the cover of the book!

“One day a while back, when Terrific T-Shirt Quilts was still a ‘book to be,’ I was asked by our acquisitions editor if I’d ever made a t-shirt quilt. My answer was, “Uh, no, why?”

“Would you like to?” she asked.

I thought about it for a minute and answered, “Sure, why not!”
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Sheila’s Tween Dreams quilt

Today I can tell you that I’m glad I said yes. The tips and techniques in the book are wonderful. I’d never even attempted to design a quilt, much less a quilt mixing stretchy cotton knits and woven quilting cottons. The tips on stabilizing the t-shirt fabrics worked perfectly—no ripples, waves, or tears.

My first challenge was figuring out which t-shirts to use. Who in our house would be willing to allow me to use their t-shirts in a quilt? My daughter was the lucky winner. I only had to negotiate for a few t-shirts that she thought she might want to keep wearing; the others didn’t fit any longer.
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Sheila with her Tween Dreams t-shirt quilt

I ended up going with a ‘t-shirts and jeans’ theme, which allowed for a wide variety of t-shirt motifs. I enjoyed the whole process, from choosing fabrics to use with the t-shirts to figuring out the layout and seeing it all come together. Would I make another? You bet!

If you’ve ever wondered if you could make your own one-of-a-kind t-shirt quilt—you can! Grab a copy of Terrific T-Shirt Quilts for inspiration and guidance, gather your collection of t-shirts, and dive in!”

Here’s what Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer Jennifer Keltner had to say about her experience with Terrific T-Shirt Quilts:

“I’m a quilter, not a knitter. In fact, I tell people my knitting is so bad, I can only serve as a bad example in class. So what’s a non-knitter to do when she wants a hand-knitted item? Trade with a buddy, of course! I made a t-shirt quilt for a knitter while she knit something for me in return.
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Jennifer’s t-shirt quilt for her knitting friend, made with a scrappy assortment of Bonnie & Camille prints from Moda.

Detail-of-Jennifers-t-shirt-quiltCotton prints and knit tees aren’t my usual quilting combo, so I was happy to have a refresher course in keeping things smooth and not-so-stretchy as I joined pieces. Pages 5 to 11 in Terrific T-Shirt Quilts are chock full of tips and tricks for doing just that. Easy to follow, and spot-on in the advice given, it made piecing my version of the Too Precious to Pitch pattern a cinch to sew. In fact, I was surprised by how easily it came together, even with the occasional odd-ball size t-shirt logo in the mix. Though it was only the second time I’ve sewed a quilt with t-shirts, I wouldn’t hesitate to try any of the quilts in the book. Armed with the necessary details from the front of the book, I’m tee-riffic at t-shirt quilts now!”

Well said, Jennifer! Anyone can learn how to make a t-shirt memory quilt—customized to any collection of tees, no less—when prepared with the step-by-step strategies in Terrific T-Shirt Quilts.

A third Martingale staffer, content director Karen Soltys, is getting her first t-shirt quilt underway. Here are some of the tees she’ll be featuring:
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Karen’s been saving tees from 5K events she’s participated in—her quilt is sure to cross the finish line a winner!

Who would you make a terrific t-shirt quilt for—a child, a family member, a friend? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Terrific T-Shirt Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Buy-it-NowWant to start cutting into that t-shirt stash today? You can buy the book ($18.99 with free eBook) or the eBook ($13.99) at ShopMartingale.com right now.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Gail, who says:

“I would love to learn how to make these T-shirt quilts for my grandchildren to highlight their favorite T-shirts.”

Gail, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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