Quilting stitches on your t-shirt quilt are crucial to the look and life of your t-shirt quilt. You have your shirts collected and are comparing different t-shirt quilt makers. Pay close attention to the stitching from the different makers.
We use an all over stitching pattern to finish t-shirt quilts. We choose a couple different patterns for several reasons.:
- The quilting patterns are dense enough to secure the 3 layers of the T shirt quilt.
- The quilting patterns are not too dense. A very dense pattern will make the t-shirt quilt stiff.
- The quilting patterns add a uniformity to the T shirt quilts. Most T-shirt quilts have shirts with different colors and designs. The quilting patterns we use are pleasing to the eyes and do not detract from the designs on the shirts..
Some t-shirt quilt shops quilt each shirt differently. Different quilting designs are stitched in each block.
The problem with quilting each block instead of using an all over pattern:
- Quilting each block with a different design looks “messy” and distracts from your t shirts. You are more focused on the quilting instead of your t-shirt!
- The design that is quilted is the personal style of the quilter and it may not be to your liking! Too late-once the quilting stitches are added it is impossible to remove without damaging the shirts!
- Most importantly- the seams are not reinforced with thread. An all over pattern crosses over the seams and reinforces them. If the quilt is quilted by blocks the seams are not reinforced. The seams between the shirts are the most vulnerable part of the quilt. If they are not reinforced they can pull apart with use and washing
- 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 stitched with a quilting pattern that runs from one edge all the way across the quilt. This allows the eyes to flow over the quilt and see your shirts.There are no starts and stops -just a uniform pattern.
The t-shirt quilt maker TooCoolTshirtQuilts stitches the blocks individually. The t-shirt quilts have lots of stops and starts. The quilting does not go across and reinforce the seams,
Here is an example to show the difference in our all over quilting designs and a t-shirt quilt from TooCoolTshirtQuilts.
Which t-shirt quilt will you choose?
Another important (but often overlooked ) element is the thread used on your t-shirt quilt. Read about thread here.
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