How-to: Quilt with the Applique Method

baste the pieces

Baste, Baste, and Baste

Basting the pieces by hand proved to be the most important step. I didn’t want to use the iron on web for eco-friendly reasons and I tried pinning the pieces before sewing them. But see the picture in the middle when I used the pinning method? The corners buckled when I sewed the t-shirt panel. So it’s important to baste the pieces first and you can adjust the stretchiness as you sew.
So, spread out on the floor, crank up some music, and baste by hand. You’ll thank me later.

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9 thoughts on “How-to: Quilt with the Applique Method”

  1. Thanks for this post. Now I have something to do with all those clothes of ours. I think old baby clothes can also make for a great quilt. It’s also a nice gift idea. Maybe for your kid who’s trying to be independent and moving out of your house.

    1. That’s exactly what this quilt was for – a girl who is going off to college. These were her favorite clothes she wore but too small now and her mom sent them all to me for the quilt. The girl was quite surprised to see what she thought were donated were made into a quilt for her to take to school.

      Baby clothes made into a quilt is a great gift! You can never have enough blankies. πŸ™‚

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  5. I have seen a lot of t-shirt quilts but never one that included jeans! Absolutely love it! I can’t wait to make one for my great niece!

  6. I want to make a Tshirt quilt without cutting the shirt up…useing applique, stablizor, batting, & backing, Any suggestions. I plan on using fabric between shirts to make quilt larger… Thanks for any input…June

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