Friday, April 27, 2012

A Six Dollar Iron...

Last night, I started working on my son Eli's t-shirt quilt.  I decided on cutting the t-shirt squares @ 6.5"x6.5" and cutting a chunky cream border at 4" wide.  I started making really good progress and getting into a groove... and I even started to think -- "I might finish all the blocks tonight!" And then... my awesome 6$ iron started to spew water out of the front plate.  Needless to say, my iron is no longer in working order.

So here is the finished unpressed block (you can kind of get the idea):

I decided to lay out the pieces I finished to try to get an idea of what the top might look like... but without the top and bottom borders on each block it is difficult to imagine: 

I am thinking about using a smaller sashing around each block... maybe this grey:

But... until I get a new iron (immediately after work today) my project will stay at a stand still:



  1. I have a stack waiting to do this with! Are you heavy starching or using a stabilizer? Not sure what to do.

  2. I am not startching or using a stabilizer... Normally I just steam them to death... but I need a new iron to go on... I have never tried startching or a stabilizer.

  3. There was a post on Lilblueboo on April 24 on doing this. She used heavy starch - I'm on my iPhone or I'd copy the link. It may not be necessary, just might help with keeping the stretch of the shirts lie flat. I was thinking of using a light stabilizer but maybe I'll just starch em! There's a recipe for homemade starch I want to try in Amanda jean's book! :)

  4. That makes sense... some of the shirts are so old and soft they slip quite a bit. Maybe I should try starch :)

  5. This is a great T-shirt quilt design...I did one for my daughter years ago but I just used big T shirt blocks and narrow sashing-this looks like a real quilt!

    lol! My son's name is Eli too. He would have like a T shirt quilt but after 5 years and never doing it-I tossed the T-shirt bag. Bad Mom!

  6. I look forward to seeing this one finished.