Sunday, January 20, 2013

Horse T-shirt Quilt

Here is a quilt I made for a friend who was really involved with horses.  I guess its like if you are a runner and every race you run gets you a t-shirt- she went to lots of horse events.

This is the first and only quilt I have ever made using t-shirts.  I just kinda made it up as I went along- its about a twin size.  I took the shirts to the fabric store and tried to coordinate some of the colors.  

After I added the iron on stabilizer, I squared up the pictures.  Every one was a different size, so I just added fabrics until they were the same size as the next square.  If you've ever pieced a quilt back from extra yardage and left over quilt blocks, this is about the same method.   

The letter blocks were stitched on an embroidery machine. (Her horse's name was Shoshoney)

I added some easy quilt blocks to make it interesting and to take up space. 

This horse block was found online under "horse coloring pages."  I figure coloring book pages are usually pretty simple and easy to copy and embroider. I just traced the pieces, ironed on the fabric, cut the pieces out, peeled off the paper, ironed them on to the backing fabric and used a blanket stitch around the edges.

  I was concerned that it would feel stiff, but if feels just like any other quilt without all the stabilizer.  Overall, I think it turned out really good and would do it again.


  1. Nice quilt, good job co-ordinating the colors. Love the Arabian, upper left.

  2. Very nice work! I've got t-shirts spread out in my living room now trying to figure out how I'm going to make a t-shirt quilt. You have given me great inspiration. Can you tell me the type of stabilizer you used? The name brand and the thickness or weight?

    1. It has been a little while, but I just used a very light weight fusible interfacing from Joann fabrics. I remember that I purchased it by the yard, not packaged. I was really pleased with mine because all the squares were different sizes which was a pain at first, but in the end, made it more interesting. Hope this helps - send a pict when you're done!


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