Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
How do you fmq a t-shirt/memory quilt? >

How do you fmq a t-shirt/memory quilt?

How do you fmq a t-shirt/memory quilt?

Old 08-21-2013, 08:59 AM
Super Member
Thread Starter
Buckeye Rose's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Monroe, IN
Posts: 2,283
Default How do you fmq a t-shirt/memory quilt?

I have the blocks all done and ready to assemble into the top. Some of them are 3-D using collars, pockets, snaps, etc. and I love the way they have turned out. But I am unsure how to quilt it. I know I don't want a busy pattern that will distract the eyes away from the fabrics/logos. My batting has quilting requirements of 4-6". I was thinking just a simple diagonal grid with lines 4" apart, but very unsure. How do I choose what thread color to use? I've tried looking for quilts here, but can't see the quilting. Is is ok to stitch through the designs on the shirts? So many questions and so much confusion in my poor brain. HELP ME, Please!
Buckeye Rose is offline  
Old 08-21-2013, 09:17 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 10,568

What about tying it? I tied many T-shirt quilts before I got my LA. T-shirt quilts are very heavy, I think it would be an effort in frustration to try and quilt on a DSM but if you do decide to tackle it a grid would work but in that case I would not FMQ it but use the feed dogs.
feline fanatic is offline  
Old 08-21-2013, 10:57 AM
Senior Member
cindi's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Grove City, OH
Posts: 889

You might want to check out this post: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...t-t224144.html

It has a lot of good tips and ideas.
cindi is offline  
Old 08-21-2013, 11:12 AM
Super Member
GailG's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 6,764

On the first three t-shirt quilts that I made, I didn't use fusible interfacing behind the shirts. I did some hand quilting around the logos and then tied the rest. The last one that I did was fused. I had it quilted by a LAer. I have a UFO tshirt top that's been done for many years. I think I'll just SITD around the sashings and then tie the blocks. The first one that I did was done in 1998 and is washed often. It is used daily on my daybed.
GailG is offline  
Old 08-21-2013, 12:19 PM
Power Poster
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 12,440

the t-shirt quilt I just finished quilting for a customer turned out really well- we chose to just do a large wavy stipple over it- I did not quilt through the decals- I kind of went in & out & around them- I used invisible thread on the top and a cotton thread that matched the backing in the bobbin- turned out great
ckcowl is offline  
Old 08-21-2013, 12:34 PM
Senior Member
Dotha's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 384

T shirt quilts are tricky, I think. I have to make one also.
Dotha is offline  
Old 08-21-2013, 04:07 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 416

I usually use invisible thread on the top. I do similarly as cindi on the link mentioned above. I do not quilt through the logo. I use a different design in each block that touches each other. I may occasionally quilt through part of a design. If you do that quilt slowly because the design may catch on the thread.
lakekids is offline  
Old 08-21-2013, 06:28 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: 1000 miles from nowwhere
Posts: 671

i tend to use a tan thread for t-shirt quilts and let the design of the shirt dictate how to quilt it ......don't go around all the letters individually but in groups /around pictures /maybe if there is lots of room around the edges i do a rope like loop-de-loop it just makes the shirts pop ..and the tan or off white thread blends in with rather than taking away from the shirts ....good luck ...can't wait to see it
yel is offline  
Old 08-23-2013, 12:25 PM
Senior Member
Zebra2's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Jackson County, Kansas
Posts: 339

I love to longarm T-shirt quilts, especially if the customer gives me a little "artistic freedom" with the design. I always use invisible tread. I tend to let each individual t-shirt designs help me decide what it needs. Outlining designs, words, doing different background fills, etc. And some customers just want simple meander and that works too. But I would definitely recommend monofilament thread...my favorite one is Essence by Fil-tec. (And also insist that t-shirts are stabilized!)
Zebra2 is offline  
Old 09-05-2013, 03:43 AM
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Sagamore Hills, OH
Posts: 2

Hi, Buckeye. I'm curious to know what you decided. I just finished piecing my blocks as well and also not sure how best to quilt it. I'm surprised at how thick it is. One question for you - did you add sashing, and if so did you stabilize that too? The cotton is so much thinner than the T-shirt blocks.
Eunique is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
07-04-2018 02:43 AM
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
05-30-2010 09:21 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.