I preface this instructable by saying I know nothing whatsoever about quilting, and only the basics about sewing, so this was largely made up as I went along. The finished quilt is very big and heavy and warm and has borne up well under moderate use and gentle cleaning for about a decade now. I only have pictures of the finished quilt but will try to indicate in the photos the order of the steps as described.
What you'll need:
- A sewing machine
- A piece of cardboard with a cut 10"x10" window
- A Sharpie
- Fabric Scissors
- 70 t-shirt squares
- approx. 70 square feet of quilt batting (bought a couple rolls at JoAnn's fabrics)
- approx. 70 square feet of fleece (also bought at JoAnn's)
- A couple spools of thread, same color as fleece
- 54 large safety pins
- a box of large straight pins
Step 1: Cut Up the Shirts
I used mostly squares with printing on them, but it might also be nice to have some solid colors by cutting up blank squares from the opposite sides of the shirts. Obviously you can also have larger or smaller squares if you prefer.
Step 2: Sew the Squares Together
Place all the squares out on the floor and arrange them into the pattern that you want. Pin the the squares in the shorter rows together and sew one row at a time. Pin the rows together one at a time and sew.
Step 3: Pin to Batting & Backing
Pin the three layers together at the corner joins of the squares using large safety pins (the three layers will be quite thick.)
Trim the edges of the fleece and batting to be the same size as the sewn squares. Turn under and pin all the edges along the outside.
Step 4: Sew Everything Together
With straight stitch, sew the front side to the back side in the pattern indicated in the second photo by the pink lines. From the back this will look like a concentric rectangle pattern.
Remove all the pins and prepare to snuggle up under your super comfy new quilt.