When your job is writing about Kentucky, you wind up with a lot of Kentucky swag! A few weeks ago, I decided to start a project that combines two of my very favorite things: Kentucky and quilts. More specifically, a super-soft, shabby chic t-shirt rag quilt that proclaims my love for Kentucky!
Each shirt tells a story about Kentucky that I love: there's a tribute to the Bourbon Trail, Several references to the Derby, a favorite quote from Abraham Lincoln, and a nod to my beloved Wildcats. Most of the shirts are from my My Kentucky Tee, but a few are from other favorite vendors like Southernly Stated and Kentucky for Kentucky. All are full of Kentucky love and promise to keep us snuggly throughout the upcoming football season!
I followed the same pattern I used for Bob's t-shirt quilt, which I made earlier this summer.
The first step is pretty easy -- select the t-shirts you want to use. Wash them without fabric softener and determine the portion of the shirt that you want to use. (Pro tip: save the unused t-shirt material for dust cloths!) Make a square cut a little bigger than the size you want the finished panel to be. The beauty of the rag quilt is that your cuts don't have to be precise.
You'll want to select batting for the center of the quilt. I used white flannel, which I cut into squares the same size as the t-shirt panel.
The final layer is the backing; I chose a cozy blue and white floral.
Next, put the pieces together for each quilt block. For this throw, it was 16 blocks cut to approximately 16 inch squares. For each quilt block, I stitched the three layers of fabric about an inch from the outside border, then sewed two diagonal lines, forming an X shape in the block.
I sewed the shirts together into four rows, with the exposed seams facing upward. I then attached the four rows together to form the quilt.
The final step was to cut the exposed seams into a fringe pattern, about 1/2" apart. I then washed and machine dried the quilt to remove excess lint and allow the seams to "puff up."
I love the way this project displays my Kentucky pride!
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