Travel the Fifty – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt


And the second of three absolutely ginormous quilts! This one lands itself in the top spot, biggest ever. Although I did just check and Big Blue clocked in at 105×115″, so this is the same overall square inches. But biggest t-shirt quilt, for sure. I’d like to say biggest for a long, long time…but there’s still the third one to tackle.

Fifty States Souvenir T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

It is too big – or rather, too heavy – for the fence. I need some stronger clamps to hold it. My little clothespins were snapping! I think this was 69 shirts? All souvenirs from the states as Heather ran her races. Plus a couple of Michigan natives for good measure.

Fifty States Souvenir T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

See? Native!

It was a fun batch of shirts – ranging from ultra-touristy to just plain local. You can tell she had fun picking them out!

Fifty States Souvenir T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing and binding are a light and shimmery pink. And I went fully into the theme and quilted it with light pink loops.

Fifty States Souvenir T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Yeah, nearly impossible to get a full shot of this one. Actually, I have house painters, and I thought about asking to borrow their ladders, but some people were concerned about liability and hospitalizations. Sheesh. You’d think Lori would be more supportive of me trying to take decent pictures, but noooooooooooo. She’s all “who’s going to drive you to the ER?” Spoilsport.

Anyway, final size is…110″ square. Yup, ginormous! Wrestling all three of these into one box is going to be the hardest part of this whole endeavor.

And now one more to go – all Disney! {Though not for a while – she’s sending me the last box of shirts this week. So back to the regularly scheduled ‘normal’ size t-shirts next week.}

See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayScraptastic Tuesday, Oh Scrap!, Finished or Not FridayShow Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

7 thoughts on “Travel the Fifty – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt”


Wow! That is big. What are you using for batting and backing?


This is fantastic!! I love your non-traditional layout, too 🙂 That is going to be one warm quilt!

Mary Marcotte

Umm, the painters wouldn’t hold up the quilt? They’re used to hauling heavy stuff up and down. It’s a great quilt. I like that you found a theme and went with it.

Abigail @cut&alter

Wow what a quilt!!! I can’ believe the size. What a great idea to collect the t-shirts in the first place. Many thanks for linking up to TGIFF 🙂


wow that is so cool, big but cool!!


I merely suggested checking to see if elder child could reach the gas pedal to drive you to the ER should you fall 😛


That is big! You did great with this puzzle layout.

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