Instructions

  1. Dowload and print quilt pattern  and layout diagram.
  2. Pre-wash fabrics, washing each color separately. If rinse water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press fabrics.

CUTTING:

Note: Extra fabric is needed for lengthwise binding strips and frames without seams.

  1. From white-on-white fabric or fabric for backing, cut two 105-inch-long lengths of fabric for backing. From remaining white-on-white fabric, cut the following: two 2-inch x 83-1/2-inch strips for first side borders, two 2-inch x 59-1/2-inch strips for first top and bottom borders, two 9-1/4-inch x 86-3/4-inch strips for second side borders, one 9-1/4-inch x 77-1/2-inch strip for second bottom border, two 2-inch x 95-3/4-inch strips for third side borders and one 2-inch x 80-1/2-inch strip for bottom border. Also cut twenty-four 12-inch squares for background squares of shirts, thirty-five 2-inch squares for sashing corners, and fifty-eight
    2-inch x 12-1/2-inch strips for pieced sashings.
  2. From black-on-black fabric, cut the following lengthwise strips: four 2-inch-wide strips for binding, two 3/4-inch x 83-inch strips for first side frame, two 3/4-inch x 56-1/2-inch strips for first top and bottom frames, two 3/4-inch x 86-1/2-inch strips for second side frame, one 3/4-inch x 60-inch strip for second bottom frame, two 3/4-inch x 95-1/2-inch strips for third side frame, one 3/4-inch x 78-inch strip for third bottom frame, two 3/4-inch x
    97-1/4-inch strips for fourth side frame, one 3/4-inch x 81-inch strip for fourth bottom frame, forty-eight 3/4-inch x 12-inch strips for sides of frames, and forty-eight 3/4-inch x 12-1/2-inch strips for tops and bottoms of frames.

APPLIQUE:

  1. Trace enlarged shirt pattern onto tracing paper and cut out. Trace around shirt pattern onto template plastic if desired and cut out.
  2. Trace a shirt on each of the twenty-four shirt fabric squares.
  3. Cut out each shirt, cutting 1/4 inch outside outline of pattern.
  4. Center and pin or baste a shirt right side up onto each of the twenty-four 12-inch white-on-white print squares.
  5. Hand-applique shirts to background squares using your favorite method. See needle-turn applique instructions.

PIECING:

Do all piecing with right sides of fabrics facing and an accurate 1/4-inch seam. Press seams toward darker fabric.

  1. Sew a 3/4-inch x 12-inch black framing strip to opposite sides of each appliqued square. Open and press.
  2. In the same way, sew a 3/4-inch x 12-1/2-inch framing strip to top and bottom edges of each appliqued square.
  3. Starting and ending with a sashing strip, lay out the 24 blocks and 30 of the white-on-white sashing strips right side up in six rows with four blocks in each row.
  4. When pleased with the layout, sew the sashing strips and blocks together in each row, making sure the shirts all face the same direction.
  5. Starting and ending with a 2-inch white-on-white square, sew five squares and the short edge of four sashing strips together to make a pieced sashing strip. Repeat to make a total of seven pieced sashing strips.
  6. Sew a pieced sashing strip between each joined shirt row and to the top and bottom of the pieced top.

BORDERS/FRAMES:

First Border/Frame:

  1. Sew a 3/4-inch x 83-inch black strip to opposite sides of the pieced top. Then sew a 3/4-inch x 56-1/2-inch black strip to the top and bottom edges for first frame.
  2. Sew a 2-inch x 83-1/2-inch white-on-white first border strip to opposite sides of pieced top. Then sew the 2-inch x 59-1/2-inch first border to the top and bottom edges to complete the first border.

Second Border/Frame:

  1. Sew a 3/4-inch x 86-1/2-inch black strip to opposite sides of the pieced top. Then sew the 3/4-inch x 60-inch black strip to the bottom edge to make second frame.
  2. Sew a 9-1/4-inch x 86-3/4-inch white-on-white second border strip to opposite sides of second frame. Then sew the 9-1/4-inch x 77-1/2-inch second border strip to the bottom edge to complete the second border.

Third Border/Frames:

  1. Sew a 3/4-inch x 95-1/2-inch black strip to opposite sides of the second border. Then sew the 3/4-inch x 78-inch black strip to the bottom edge to complete the third frame.
  2. Sew a 2-inch x 95-3/4-inch white-on-white third border strip to opposite sides of third frame. Then sew the 2-inch x 81-inch second border strip to the bottom edge to complete the third border.

Fourth Frame:

  1. Sew a 3/4-inch x 97-1/4-inch black strip to opposite sides of the third border. Then sew the 3/4-inch x 81-inch black strip to the bottom edge to complete the fourth frame.

Pieced Border:

  1. Sew the short ends of thirty-three 2-inch x 3-1/2-inch assorted print rectangles together to make a pieced border equal to the length of the quilt top. Repeat to make a second pieced border.
  2. Starting at the bottom, sew the pieced border to opposite sides of the pieced top.
  3. Sew the short ends of twenty-seven 2-inch x 3-1/2-inch assorted print rectangles together. Sew a 2-inch print square to opposite ends of pieced border to make a pieced border equal to the width of the pieced top..
  4. Sew the pieced border to the bottom edge of the pieced top.

MARKING:

  1. Use quilter’s marker and follow template to mark details on each shirt for quilting.

QUILTING:

  1. Sew the long edges of the two backing fabric pieces together.
  2. With seam centered, cut a 91-inch x 105-inch piece for backing.
  3. Place backing fabric wrong side up on a flat surface.
  4. Center batting on top of backing.
  5. Center pieced top on batting and smooth out all wrinkles.
  6. Baste layers together.
  7. With matching thread, hand-quilt shirts as marked. Then hand-quilt along each frame and border and inside the fourth border as desired. (Esther hand-quilted parallel rows of stitching to form 1-1/2-inch-wide channels).
  8. Machine-stitch 1/8 inch from outer edges of pieced top.
  9. Remove basting.

BINDING:

  1. Press each binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing.
  2. Sew a binding strip to opposite sides of quilt top with edges matching and a 1/4-inch seam. Trim excess even with quilt top.
  3. Fold binding to back, encasing seam.
  4. Hand-sew fold to back of quilt.
  5. In the same way, sew a binding strip to top and bottom edges of quilt top.
  6. Trim excess from ends, leaving 1/2 inch. Fold excess fabric in to form corners.
  7. Fold binding to back, encasing seam.
  8. Hand-sew fold to back of quilt.

FINISHED SIZE: Keepsake Quilting craft measures about 84-1/2 inches x 99 inches.

Keepsake Quilting craft originally sent in by Esther Wescott of Pylesville, Maryland.