T-SHIRT QUILT PROCESS
Replay Quilts are created one at a time by Julie Moss
When your tees and clothing arrive in my Nevada, smoke-free home, an email is sent letting you know your items have arrived safely. I move your items to a plastic tub labeled with your name, to ensure that your clothing stays safe until I'm ready to work on each quilt project one at a time.
Prepping your Quilt
I cut T-shirt pieces to fit the size of the graphic on the tee shirt. I fuse the pieces with a light weight knit interfacing on the back of the tees to stabilize the soft t-shirt fabric. The interfacing makes it easier to assemble and reinforces t-shirts if they are well worn. I then lay all the different sizes of cut pieces on a large table, arrange, and move around until I'm happy with the design. I then add blank solid t-shirt pieces of t-shirts (or printed filler pieces if you provide them) to fill in open spaces. This process of designing the quilt top is like solving a giant puzzle. The goal is to have every t-shirt piece be in balance both in color and in size and fit back together to form the quilt top.
Stitching the Memories Together
The t-shirt pieces are stitched together. A solid color of fleece or sweatshirt fleece is used on the back of the quilt. The pieced t-shirt top is sewn to the fleece back and turned leaving about a 2" edge of fleece on the quilt front. I stitch together the two layers of the with a straight line of machine stitching around the edges of all the T-shirt pieces. These stitches hold the two layers together so your finished quilt is durable, user friendly and washable. There is no quilt batting between the two layers, producing a very soft and touchable quilt. The final step is adding the Replay Quilts Quilt Label and care tag to the back. If there are any uncut t-shirts they are returned with your finished quilt.