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    Beautiful Quilt.

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    This quilt is adorable! And your first? Wow......Welcome from Houston (Galleria area)...
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    Your t-shirt quilt looks great. This is on my to do list. Let us know how you finish it.

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    tshirt quilt

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisD View Post
    Well I made a t-shirt quilt top. I have my sandwich made. Now my question is where do I start quilting so I don't have puckering? Do I start in the middle and go out or do I start on one side and go to the other? Also is it ok not to quilt over the actual pictures? I don't want to mess them up. I am concerned that if I only stitch in the ditch they will puff out. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I do have a picture attached.

    I have made several tshrt quilts for people. I have tied a reallly huge.one and it.washed fine. I have also juststitched a diagonal about 4" apart and thrum the shirts. It didn't destroy the look of theshirts at all. Then you could stitch differently in the border. Either way you quilt looks wonderful. It turned out really well.

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    Can't really make any suggestions that would help the situation but had to say that this is one of the nicest T-shirt quilts I've seen. Really great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamquilter View Post
    I have quilted t-shirt quilts for other people and I would not quilt on the design, just do around the edge of the block and around the design, but not through it. Nice job of putting the quilt together.
    Yes. I agree with this. Have not done it myself, but a friend quilted over the design and got puckers. BTW you did a marvelous job.
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    very pretty!!

    My sister runs, I will suggest this to her! ;0)

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    I did several t shirt quilts, I always start in the middle and I quilt the straight lines first with a walking foot and then I lightly quilt the inside design (around the logo or across) I never had any puckering problems

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    Dear ChrisD:

    I have made at least 25 T-shirt quilts so far & I use my long arm & quilt over the entire shirt. Did you use any type of fusible interfacing on the T-shirts before your sewed them together? Using fusible interfacing prevents the puckering of the T-shirts. I use Pellon cotton fusible interfacing myself & it works out fine. I have seen some T-shirt quilts that people have made not using a interfacing (not on this site) that are lumpy & stretched out which is not what you want to see on a quilt. Good luck & congratulations on your first quilt. Now you are officially hooked on quilting. Mary C - Naperville, IL
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    I have made a few of these quilts. Stitch in the ditch first. Then quilt around each design but not on top of design. It really depends on the type of screen print they used. Some of the shirts have a heavy/rubber feel and others are nice and soft. The soft ones you can quilt on top of and leave no needle holes. The heavy one will leave holes. I quilt around each letter and the main design some times, where there is no pattern I do small patterns that match the shirt design. On the boarders I usually do a wavy or straight design. On your's I would use foot prints.

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    Awesome! It says ALL male! Love it!!
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    I have done two t-shirt quilts for my son. I tied both of them and tried to use embroidery floss on the shirt parts that sort of matched the picture. I have had to re-tie one after many, many washings and much use. Good luck!
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    Very nice quilt. Love it.
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    I have no answer as I have not made a T-shirt quilt. I just wanted to say that as your first quilt I think you did a great job!

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    I like your placement of the blocks. I've tied many quilts using knitting yarn and they've held up for years. If using the invisible thread I found out you need to use .05 or stronger for quilting to keep it from breaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisD View Post
    Well I made a t-shirt quilt top. I have my sandwich made. Now my question is where do I start quilting so I don't have puckering? Do I start in the middle and go out or do I start on one side and go to the other? Also is it ok not to quilt over the actual pictures? I don't want to mess them up. I am concerned that if I only stitch in the ditch they will puff out. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I do have a picture attached.
    Hi, I have a large t-shirt quilt that I'm getting ready to quilt and I had the same questions but I don't plan on quilting thru the designs.I think I will do SID and then quilt around the outside of the design like someone else mentioned. Will post a picture when I get it done, but that won't be very soon.

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    Well thanks everyone. I decided to just go around the design and around each block. The lady I made it for loves it. It made me so happy to see her face when I unfolded it. It was worth it.
    Dina, Thanks. You should make yourself a memory quilt. It was not hard at all. Of course I did not do too much detail. And the invisible thread is a pain. I guess I need to practice with it.
    Debbiecharlie, Spring is by Houston. A few hours away from Dallas. When you do decide to do a t-shirt quilt I do have to say it is not hard. Just make sure to stabilize the t-shirts. Now I did cut them then put the stabilizer so I did not wast too much. (I am from Bayou Blue. It is by Houma)
    Lakekids, You quilt is beautiful. I am just learning stippling so I did not want to mess up her quilt. I will be doing another for her and will try it on that one. I was just so unsure.
    Allisonquilts, Thanks. I decided not to go over the logos. I just went around. I will try something different one the next one. I so enjoyed making that quilt.
    Cindy30545, I did try to stipple around the designs and it just looked too busy. So I ripped it and just went around the blocks and then around the designs. It seemed to work.
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    Thanks all again.
    MaryC, Yes. I did use the interfacing on them. And yes I am hooked. I don't have a long arm I just used my regular machine. I have been wanting to try and thought I needed someone to show me. I guess you can do what ever you put your mind to. And with a lil help here and from the internet. lol
    rosimone, I never tied so I don't know how. I will try it on one quilt one day.
    Taughtby Grandma, Thanks, I had a horrible time with the invisible thread. I will have to check to see what size it is. I vowed to never use it again. I will practice with it. I used it in the top thread and the bottom. I don't know if that was a issue.

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