I did kind of a lot this weekend, so I'm really going to try to fill you in on the process without boring you to death. We'll see how it goes! If you missed the first part of this project you can read about it here.
The to-do list this weekend consisted of adding interfacing to all of the tshirt edges and sewing all of the squares together. Boy it sounds like nothing when I write it out, but I assure you this was a major undertaking. Mostly just the interfacing part. I'm not sure if it's me or my machine, but sewing knits does NOT work out for me. They stretch and end up looking all wonky. Since I wanted to avoid a lopsided, very homemade looking quilt I added a strip of interfacing to each side of every square.
For some reason my iron has started to steam like there's no tomorrow even when I have it on the lowest steam setting. This is probably because my iron and I have a love/hate relationship....oh, who am I kidding. It's pretty much skewed toward the hate side. I'm not big into ironing, so the iron probably feels neglected. Perhaps it's still steamed (ahaha, sorry I couldn't help myself) about roof debris getting all inside the water chamber. (That was totally not my fault though - and a story for another time, sorry) Whatever the reason, my iron hates me and for this project has decided to soak everything.
The rows came together pretty quickly. I tried to time it for you, but of course the one time I made sure to look at the clock, I also ran out of bobbin thread. So including winding new thread onto a bobbin, one row took a little over 15 minutes. You could probably finish one in a little over 10. It seemed much faster, maybe I was just getting a rush from sewing faster than I ever had before. I was seriously enjoying all straight lines! I used a 1/4" seam allowance, no real reason why. That's just what I picked.
Next you're ready to connect the rows! I was getting more and more excited here because it was really coming together! Don't skimp on the pinning at this stage! Pin right sides together. I would suggest pinning near where the shirts should line up and then maybe one in the middle of each shirt. Mainly you just want to make sure all of the lines will match up.