I am enjoying making T-shirt quilts. Here’s one using some souvenir T-shirts from a trip to New York. The background fabric is called “Times Square” and is available at City Quilter in New York City (or online).
Personally, I love how the background fabric recedes, but also picks up the colors and energy of New York City.
As I mentioned with my last T-shirt quilt, my daughter and I have an ongoing argument over how T-shirt quilts should look. She favors a plain background. After discussing the matter with a quilting friend (thanks Vicki!), we concluded that it’s all about balance. Plain T-shirts most likely do better with a novelty print, whereas T-shirts with lots of color or complex patterns need more simple fabric for their sashing and borders.
In my opinion, the sashing and borders for T-shirt quilts need to be auditioned in a quilt store. You need access to many bolts of material and to be able to lay your T-shirt squares directly on the fabric. I tried buying fabric online for two quilts and, both times, it did not work in the quilt.
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