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Old 06-05-2012, 08:36 AM
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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.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:50 AM
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Howdy!!! I'm not that far from you!!! I always start in the middle of my quilts, but I've never done a t-shirt quilt. What if you tied it instead??? Just an idea I've seen on here.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:13 AM
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Hi. I know where that is. I am originally from Louisiana but my husband was transferred so here I am.
Thanks. The only other thing I made was a small quilt for my grand-baby. It was done different and I had some puckering. It is just for her to play on on the floor so not a big deal. This one is for a friend and she wants to use it. It is 47 x 68. I had a heck of a time getting the sashing on but finally figured that out.
I did think about tying. But she wants to be able to wash it as it will be used as a cover up on her sofa. I was afraid it would not hold up to the washing's if I tie it. Do you have experience with tying? And if so would it hold up with frequent washing?
I am learning as I go. Kind of self taught. The only help I have gotten is talking with 2 ladies at JoAnn's. I have not found a person I could not talk to. LOL So I look on the internet and learn. I just don't want to mess up her shirts. They are from races she has run or walked. Memories.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:28 AM
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No suggestions on the quilting as I have yet to do a T-Shirt quilt, just wanted to say I think you did a wonderful job with it
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:35 AM
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I've seen many quilted all over with a meander with invisible thread. Google images of t-shirt quilts.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:02 AM
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Well Thanks sharon b. It was trying. I had to rip a few times till I got it like that. But it was worth it. And the lesson was wonderful. I will never forget this quilt.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:08 AM
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tesspug. I will look for the invisible thread. I looked for t-shirt quilt pictures and the ones I found did not quilt all over. I will try again. But thanks for the thought and the tip of the invisible thread. Never heard of that.
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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.
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Thanks Iamquilter. I take it as a great compliment. I started earlier just going around the design. I did not think I wanted to go through them. I did go get a clear thread but am having trouble with it breaking. I will try again later. Thanks again.
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I have 4 quilts my grandma made me that were used heavily everyday as bedding, tents for the kids, etc. and washed as needed for 20+ years.The tying is still good but the bindings and blocks show wear. In fact I got into quilting so I could repair them...1 is done and is again in use by my son and his 3 boys!
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