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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Written by Karen Lee

Karen lives a simple, frugal, green life and shares her eco tips and news on ecokaren and is a co-founder of Green Sisterhood, a network of community of green women bloggers, making change. When she's not managing Green Sisterhood or blogging on ecokaren, she is a chauffeur to two greenagers, wife to an accidental recycler, master chef to hungry locavores, seamstress, knitter, and dumpster diver, not necessarily in that order.


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  1. 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!

  2. 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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