Let’s finish these t-shirt quilt blocks today!
What you’ll need:
1 1/3 yds. edging fabric (or 3 ½ yds. for binding, edging and backing)
2 yds. background fabric (or 6 yds. for backing and background)
At this point you should have t-shirts blocks that have a border sewn around each one. The next step is to put the border edging (which sets off the border even more) and the background fabric on to these blocks.
- Choose 1 1/3 yds. of fabric to be your border edging and cut it into 1 ¾” wide strips. If you plan on mimicking my quilt precisely, I bought 3 ½ yds. of the gray edging material for the whole quilt; this includes binding, backing and the quilt top. I made the edging thinner than the border to enhance how the blocks pop. Again, you can make the strips however thick or thin you would like, just remember that doing so will alter how much yardage you need of the fabric. Also, I wouldn’t suggest making the strips the same width of the border. It’s just not as visually appealing if everything is the same size.
- Now cut 3 strips of your background fabric 1 ¾” wide. The rest of your 2 yds. of background fabric can be cut into 2” wide strips. If you are making my backing for the quilt you will need 4 more yds. of the background fabric.
- Cut two 1 ¾” x 2 ½” from your ” wide background strips for each block you have. I had 24 blocks so I made 48 small white squares.
- TRICKY: You need to cut the 1 ¾” gray strips into the length edging for each individual block’s dimensions. Remember that with the border on the blocks the dimensions will be bigger. Here’s how I did it. I measured the new length of one block with its border. Then I subtracted 2 ¼” from it. (I subtracted 2 ¼” rather than the length of the background block to adjust for seam allowances.) Voila!
- With right sides facing, use a ¼” seam allowance and sew each background square to an edging piece on the 1 ¾” side. Press the seam to one side. Usually you want to press the seam to whichever fabric is darker (especially if you are using white or other light colors). You will have half of the squares left over for the width edging pieces you still have to cut.
- Sew each pressed (or ironed) length edging piece to the right side of the corresponding t-shirt block with a ¼” seam allowance. Once again, make sure right sides are facing each other. Press the seam to one side.
- TRICKY: You need to cut the 1 ¾” gray strips into the width edging for each individual block’s dimensions. Remember that with the border on the blocks and the length edging piece the dimensions will be bigger. Here’s how I did it. I measured the new length of one block with its attached length edging. Then I subtracted 2 ¼” from it.
- With right sides facing, use a ¼” seam allowance and sew remaining background squares to edging pieces on the 1 ¾” side. Press the seam to one side.
- With right sides facing inside, sew each pressed width edging piece to the bottom of the corresponding t-shirt block with a ¼” seam allowance. Press the seam to one side. Hooray! You now have finished t-shirt quilt blocks!
Now to sew everything together! Check out Part 3!