Once I found the smallest piece, I folded it in half twice like I did for the making the first cuts. Then, using my square ruler, I measured 6″ on both edges, and marked with the sharpie marker where to cut. I cut on the marked lines, and unfolded a 12″ square of t-shirt fabric. This was my first 12″ square. I used it as a pattern to cut out the rest of the pieces:
In the photo above you see that I have pinned the blue piece to the white piece to use as a guide for cutting the white piece. Doing this will insure that all of your pieces are the same size. When you make yours, you don’t have to make 12″ squares if your smallest piece is not large enough to do so. Just make sure all the pieces you cut are the same size in the end.
Next, I sorted the pieces again. This time, I put all of the pieces that had a smaller piece pinned to it. Judy had some shirts that had logos or images on the sleeve, or a small logo on the front and a larger image on the back. She wanted to incorporate those smaller images into the finished quilt somehow. I chose to do machine applique to achieve this.
To do the machine applique, I set my sewing machine on the automatic button hole stitch. This makes the machine do a very close together zigzag stitch, that is called a satin stitch sometimes.
On my sewing machine, the setting is indicated by the red dot. You’ll have to look at the instruction book on your machine to figure out which setting to use.
To get started on the appliques, you need to make sure that the smaller pieces all have the stabilizer ironed onto the back of them, too. This prevents the t-shirt fabric from puckering up while you stitch the applique onto the larger piece. Cut the smaller piece into the shape you want.
Then, pin them into place on the larger piece.
Stitch all the way around the applique near the edge, turning the whole piece as you go.
And this is what the finished applique looks like:
And finished my work session for the day. It was a lot accomplished in the afternoon. Next, we are ready to stitch the sashing to the squares.