Bicyclists have colorful, fun t-shirts! I recently made 4 lap quilts, 48″ x 60″ each, from t-shirts collected over many years by a biking enthusiast. The customer wanted the shirts divided into 4 unique small quilts to fold up at the end of twin beds for the grandchildren. Designing the t-shirt quilt pattern evenly in each quilt was quite a challenge, but the challenge I like most! All 4 quilts were designed simultaneously next to backing fabrics correlating to shirts on the front.
The shipment of biking shirts and ride patches arrived first. Fun shirts in many different colors! I love the pigs riding bikes!
Each quilt has 3-4 bicycle ride patches sewn onto t-shirt fabric. Here you can see the front and back of the quilt with the blue backing.
Check out the intricate quilting around each image on the front! Cathy Franks, Carmel, IN does all the quilting on a longarm machine.
Each quilt has a different color of backing fabric – rust, blue, green, or gold – and a fabric strip of 5 bikes pieced into the backing.
And the matching pillow cases with an extra bicycle patch sewed on. The folded quilt fits neatly into the pillow case to store or can be stuffed with a pillow insert.
Making several small lap size quilts out of a collection of your favorite t-shirts is a great way to enjoy and share whatever your passion is!