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Thread: Directional Border

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    Super Member TexasSunshine's Avatar
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    Directional Border

    I am making a T Shirt quilt (and I hope I never have to make another one) and I am adding borders that are the name of a football team. I am putting the top and bottom borders so the words are right side up when you are looking at them, horizontal across. My question is do I put the side borders with words facing into the center of the quilt or facing out? I just thought I might could make the words go vertically on the sides. Has anyone done this before, need some imput.
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    I make mine look out , but that's just me. And amen on the T shirt quilt!!!
    So much fabric, so little time.

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    Will the quilt be used on a bed? And if so will the side borders be hanging off the sides of the bed? If so then I make borders like this so they look "right side up" when viewed from either side of the bed.

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    Feline has a good point. otherwise i would put them facing in.then i could just tilt my head to read either one.
    sounds like a cute quilt.

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    I'd go with the vertical placement.

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    I kind of figured it out as I was posted the question. I ended up putting the sides to read vertical. I'm glad I had plenty of fabric. Thanks for the replies. I have never had so many problems with a project as I have had with this quilt. Everything that could go wrong did, nothing matched up and I have spent countless hours on it. This is for my sister so it is a non-paying job. I did not realize how difficult it would be. I have got to longarm quilt it when I finish the back. Hope no problems there.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

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    I'm sorry you're having problems, and I'll let it serve as a warning to myself not to attempt a T-shirt quilt! Or at least I'll be prepared for what I'm getting myself into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArlaJo View Post
    I make mine look out , but that's just me. And amen on the T shirt quilt!!!
    I'll amen your amen! NEVER again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitty View Post
    I'm sorry you're having problems, and I'll let it serve as a warning to myself not to attempt a T-shirt quilt! Or at least I'll be prepared for what I'm getting myself into.
    Aww now, don't despair of making T-shirt quilts. The more of them you make the easier it gets! I have made at least 7 all t-shirt quilts, and a good many more that used one or more t-shirt design areas mixed in with regular fabrics.

    Some hints: Stabilize before cutting to your final size, cutting first and trying to add the stabilizer is much harder. Decrease the pressure on your pressure foot, and using a walking foot is very helpful to minimize the foot stretching and distorting the fabric. I quilt the design in the squares before layering, then do some straight line quilting (usually 1/4 in. outline) after layering. I might add some straight line accents to the block after layering also, ie: rays from the design to the corners and sides, crosshatching, etc. Using fleece on the back, instead of batting and a cotton backing, makes both layers more compatible and easier to then quilt.
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