T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy

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Expanding beyond the simplistic blocks-in-a-row approach, this class features three design options: Disappearing Nine Patch, 6″ Grid, and 2″ Grid. Learn to cut and stabilize not only T-shirts, but sweatshirts, towels, and jerseys. Enjoy step-by-step instruction on design, layout, and construction that makes quilts come together with ease and design interest. There is a special section dedicated to designing digitally and options for designing by hand. Martha DeLeonardis gives tips throughout, knowing that many people begin quilting for the first time by making a T-shirt quilt. Downloadable grids and additional information will get you started making your own T-shirt keepsake.

Course Curriculum

T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy by Martha DeLeonardis - 2hr 46m
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 4 Minutes00:04
Lesson 2 . Cutting & Stabilizing T-Shirts 0 Hours 39 Minutes00:39
Lesson 3. Disappearing Nine Patch Part 1 0 Hours 31 Minutes00:31
Lesson 4. Disappearing Nine Patch Part 2 0 Hours 23 Minutes00:23
Lesson 5. Designing the 6-inch Grid 0 Hours 20 Minutes00:20
Lesson 6. Constructing the 6-inch Grid 0 Hours 21 Minutes00:21
Lesson 7. Designing the 2-inch Grid 0 Hours 23 Minutes00:23
Lesson 8. Border Construction & Finishing 0 Hours 5 Minutes00:05

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Book: Optional

Other Supplies:

  • Display board surface
  • Fusible iron-on interfacing, ½ yd. per T-shirt block, (Pellon® 911FF or Pellon® SF101)
  • General sewing supplies
  • Pilot® FriXion® erasable highlighter
  • Blank printer labels
  • Klutz Glove

Sewing Machine Supplies:

  • ¼" sewing machine foot

Thread

  • Thread (Martha pieces her quilts together with 50 wt. gray thread and a fresh needle

Additional for 6" or 2" Grid Quilt:

  • Repositionable glue stick

Optional:

  1. Will this class show me how to place my T-shirts into an arrangement that looks more appealing than just sewing them together row by row?
    Yes! Martha carefully demonstrates three different designs in this class. You will learn about placement and how to sew the pieces together so there are no complicated seams. Using these designs make T-shirt quilts have more visual interest, adding to the keepsake quality of the quilt.
  2. What is different about making a T-shirt quilt?
    The T-shirt portions of the quilt need to be stabilized in order to piece the quilt top successfully. Martha goes into detail about how to best stabilize the shirts, which makes the quilt hold together well and also helps it hold its shape. Martha also shares lots of information about how to iron without causing damage to the fabrics.
  3. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with any downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Martha will get back with you.
  4. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

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Student Gallery

  1. Jude

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    I really enjoyed this course on T-shirt quilt construction. I've seen many ways to put them together and Martha had some new ideas that I liked. Even though I didn't think all of her designs would work for me, she includes good information in every lesson that is helpful with the entire process. She's very clear in her instructions and doesn't leave things to be assumed, left unsaid. I'm starting

    a new t-shirt quilt & just revisited this course for a refresher to help me with my design. I also liked her use of computer software in the design process as another option. Her designs give you the flexibility to combine different features to meet your needs of the quilt you're trying to put together. Definitely worth the time and money.
  2. Maggie Hengst

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    This course was extremely helpful. I own her book also, however, I am a very visual learner so being able to see exactly what she was doing really helped. Martha gave many helpful tips and hints that helped my granddaughter and I to design a beautiful quilt with many Tshirts of many different sizes.
  3. Margaret Ann Forshag

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    I appreciate the clear, articulate instructions. She shares many hints and observations that will surely help a novice quilter feel much more comfortable with quilt construction. She has taken a traditional quilt and shows how to incorporate new design ideas!
  4. sbpurvis

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    This course takes the mystery out of designing and constructing a t-shirt quilt. Martha provides excellent tips on how to design a quilt using t-shirts of the same or different sizes, as well as how traditional quilt blocks may be incorporated into the design. She also gives helpful guidelines for choosing fabrics to complement the t-shirts and for creating a balanced placement of t-shirts. I h

    ighly recommend this course!
  5. Brenda Oenbring

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    Excellent design tips, great construction directions, and suggestions for setting fabric selections. EQ7 design friendly. Motivating!

Course Reviews

  1. Profile photo of Jude Jude says:

    I really enjoyed this course on T-shirt quilt construction. I’ve seen many ways to put them together and Martha had some new ideas that I liked. Even though I didn’t think all of her designs would work for me, she includes good information in every lesson that is helpful with the entire process. She’s very clear in her instructions and doesn’t leave things to be assumed, left unsaid. I’m starting a new t-shirt quilt & just revisited this course for a refresher to help me with my design. I also liked her use of computer software in the design process as another option. Her designs give you the flexibility to combine different features to meet your needs of the quilt you’re trying to put together. Definitely worth the time and money.

  2. This course was extremely helpful. I own her book also, however, I am a very visual learner so being able to see exactly what she was doing really helped. Martha gave many helpful tips and hints that helped my granddaughter and I to design a beautiful quilt with many Tshirts of many different sizes.

  3. I appreciate the clear, articulate instructions. She shares many hints and observations that will surely help a novice quilter feel much more comfortable with quilt construction. She has taken a traditional quilt and shows how to incorporate new design ideas!

  4. Profile photo of sbpurvis sbpurvis says:

    This course takes the mystery out of designing and constructing a t-shirt quilt. Martha provides excellent tips on how to design a quilt using t-shirts of the same or different sizes, as well as how traditional quilt blocks may be incorporated into the design. She also gives helpful guidelines for choosing fabrics to complement the t-shirts and for creating a balanced placement of t-shirts. I highly recommend this course!

  5. Excellent design tips, great construction directions, and suggestions for setting fabric selections. EQ7 design friendly. Motivating!

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