I didn't want to use stabilizer on all of the t-shirt parts, and I didn't run into much trouble with the t-shirt fabric. I made sure that I wasn't ever seaming t-shirt to t-shirt - everything is seamed together with quilting cotton. Making the big squares went so well that I used some of the excess tie-dye material as colored fabric for the square in the bottom right, and that went just fine, too.
A shot of the full thing. It's about 54"x62". The little blotty square is the back of a t-shirt that has a bunch of signatures on it. Blotted out what are probably mostly obsolete maiden names by now.
The big patterned squares are a ribbon star, churn dash, and X marks the spot. These shirts were from 20+ years ago, so I decided to use a very old bit of stash, too, which is the blue heart/leaf batik that I got at Joanns slightly less than 20 years ago. I had a bunch of fat quarters of it, and used up nearly all of it.
The back is a recent purchase from a LQS (the black and white flower), more batik, and some Cyber Monday yardage from Connecting Threads (the green). With the borders, I didn't quite have enough batting without cobbling some together, so the last little bit of January's spending money + a 50%-off coupon got me some Pellon Cotton with scrim off of the big old roll. I felt like I was taking a gamble, because I'd never used that kind before, but I really love the crinkle that it ended up with.
The batting was nice and flat, too, which is more than I can say for the kind that comes in bags. I pin-basted most of the quilt and spray-basted the t-shirt fabric so that it would be less likely to shift around. I quilted this with an all-over loop, and there was only one big expanse of t-shirt (around the signatures) that got a little bunchy. I can live with it.
Style: T-shirt quilt without stabilizer
Batting: Pellon 100% cotton with scrim (off the roll at Joann's)
Thread: Essential Pro (for piecing and quilting)
Binding: Double-fold machine sewn to front and hand-sewn to back
Linking up with crazy mom quilts for Finish it Up Friday. Happy crafting!