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1.  The logos are cut out from the shirt leaving plenty of space around each one.

At this point I do not know which logos will end up in a wide strip and which will be in a narrow one. For this reason I cut lots of space around each logo. If you are sending logos only, please bear this in mind.

 

2.  Each logo is backed with iron-on cotton stabilizer.

Its very important to use good quality woven cotton for the stabilizer and not jersey backing. Otherwise the quilt will stretch and distort during the quilting process.

Logos are arranged in widths to create balance in the finished quilt.

 

3.  Sashing is cut, usually in 2-1/2Ē strips but, if you donít have a lot of t-shirts the sashing can be wider.

The sashing can be all the same fabric or it can be a variety of fabrics. If you have some photo-transfer pictures in your quilt, its fun to sash them in a different colour to make them stand out.

 

4.  Sashing is sewn onto each logo.

Its very important to make sure that the seam allowance is exact when putting the sashing on or the strips will end up different lengths.

 

5.  Logos with sashing are sewn into strips.

As the logos are different lengths (which adds interest to the quilt) I usually save a few very narrow strips, sometimes from the sleeves or the backs of the t-shirts, to allow for some "wriggle-room".

 

6.  Sashing is pressed.

There is a lot of pressing after each sewing process. This not only sets the seams but helps the quilt to hang properly.

 

7.  Each logo with its sashing is carefully measured and trimmed, if necessary.

Fabric moves and stretches as it is handled, particularly knit fabrics, even when it is stabilized, so it's important to keep checking the measurements and trimming as necessary.

 

8.  Strips are measured and trimmed as necessary.

It's very important to be accurate at this point or the strips will not meet and the edge of the quilt will be uneven.

9.  Strips are hung up and the order arranged and re-arranged to create a pleasing presentation.
10.  The strips are sewn together with bands of sashing between each strip.

 

11.  The quilt top goes to Toni, along with the batting and the backing, for her to quilt on her big quilting machine.

Toni has a wide variety of quilting designs to choose from. I like a simple curved one with lots of space to show off the logos.

 

12.  Excess batting and backing is cut off neatly to give a tidy edge before binding
13.  The quilt is given a final trimming and measuring, loose threads are trimmed and all the seams are checked for smoothness.
  14.  Finally the binding is put on by hand, to create a nice clean neat finish to the quilt.

I use the double binding method as the quilt edges get the most wear. I also use a patterned or darkish fabric for the binding as this is the area which will get soiled first.

 

15.  The last step, a personalized label is sewn onto the corner.

 

 

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