Egg Money Quilts designs 2 main styles of T Shirt quilts : traditional and mosaic.
The quilting patterns we use are a classic swirl on the traditional T Shirt quilt and a meandering swirl on the mosaic T Shirt quilt.
We chose those 2 patterns for several reasons.:
- The quilting patterns are dense enough to secure the 3 layers of the T Shirt quilt but are not to dense to cause the shirts to bunch up.
- The quilting patterns add a uniformity to the T Shirt quilts. Most T-shirt quilts have shirts with different colors and designs. The swirl quilting patterns bring all the colors and designs together so your eyes will focus on the shirts and not the quilting patterns.
Look closely at the quilting on T Shirt quilts before you choose a tshirt quilt maker. Some t shirt quilt makers quilt each shirt differently. Different designs are quilted in each block. This looks “messy” and distracts from your t shirts. You are more focused on the quilting instead of your t-shirt! Also the design that is quilted is the personal style of the quilter. It may not be to your liking!
Quilting the T Shirt quilt block by block will also give you lots of starts and stops. The more starts and stops you have the less uniform it looks and it also increases the chance that the quilting will come “undone” during washings.
The t-shirt quilts we make are quilted with a quilting pattern that runs from one edge all the way across the quilt top. No stops and starts. That allows the eyes to flow over the quilt and see your shirts.
We also use thread that matches the sashing fabric and border fabric. Be wary of t- shirt quilt makers who use a nylon or invisible thread on your quilts. This is done to save money on investing in lots of different colored thread. This thread is basically fishing line. Over time it will crack and become discolored.
Not us! We use a cotton thread that has been produced especially for long arm quilting. It is durable and hard to break. We match it as close as possible to the fabric borders and the backing fabric. This adds to the uniform look and is not distracting.