Bicycle T-shirt Quilts

Bicycle T-shirt Quilt - Rust
Bicycle T-shirt quilt – Rust, 48″ x 60″, lap size

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.

Bicycle t-shirts and patches
Bicycle t-shirts and patches

The shipment of biking shirts and ride patches arrived first. Fun shirts in many different colors!  I love the pigs riding bikes!

Bicycle T-shirt Quilt - Blue, 48" x 60"
Bicycle T-shirt Quilt – Blue, 48″ x 60″

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.

Bicycle T-shirt Quilt - Blue, Front and Back
Bicycle T-shirt Quilt – Blue, Front and Back

Check out the intricate quilting around each image on the front! Cathy Franks, Carmel, IN does all the quilting on a longarm machine.

Bicycle T-shirt Quilt, Gold with Bicycle fabric strip
Bicycle T-shirt Quilt, Gold with Bicycle fabric strip

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.

Bicycling T-shirt Quilts - Gold, Green, Rust, Blue
Bicycling T-shirt Quilts – Gold, Green, Rust, Blue

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!

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