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Quilting a t shirt quilt--suggestions for 14 inch squares with 2 inch sashing between

Quilting a t shirt quilt--suggestions for 14 inch squares with 2 inch sashing between

Old 11-12-2013, 07:25 AM
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Question Quilting a t shirt quilt--suggestions for 14 inch squares with 2 inch sashing between

I am trying to decide what I MUST do to finish this t shirt quilt. The batting states you to stitch maximum of 10 inch apart. I have 14 inch shirt squares. I was thinking about just doing stitch in a ditch on the sashing and t shirt seams and not disturb the shirt designs. Will this be enough to hold it together? If this is not enough would it work to do an minimal accent stitching on the shirt suitable to that particular shirt? Any suggestions? I need to keep the design work simple but still look good. Any help is appreciated. This is not a family heirloom shirt but doing it for a friend thing.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:12 AM
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I would not do less than 8" without stitching. You could either do a tied quilt, or what I would do is some small stippling around the negative space in the t-shirt design. I would do way more than every 8", as it helps keep the t-shirts looking straight and not stretching out as it gets washed.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:18 AM
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Maybe outline stich the design or words on the t-shirts. Or Stippling around the designs.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:21 AM
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I did a t-shirt quilt for a friend's son who graduated h.s. and was going to take it with him to his dorm at college. I DITD on all of the sashings. Also did some stippling in he negative space on each shirt, but each t-shirt had different stitching so I had a chance to practice my FMQ. It was a heavy quilt and quite a bear to quilt but worth the trouble in the end. I tied in each of the cornerstones. It was a very masculine quilt in the end.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:34 AM
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I don't want to stitch over those glossy, iron-on numbers and letters on the shirts so I have done SITD around the blocks and meandered around the logos. If your batting says 10 in minimum, you should be fine with most of the shirts doing that.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:31 AM
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I have stitched over the glossy, iron on numbers, letters and everything on tee shirt quilts. If you don't have enough quilting in the tee shirts they will sag. Just go for it. The quilting doesn't take away from the designs on the shirts.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:55 AM
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I just finished a quilt that had 10" squares of tees, jackets, shorts, jammies, robes, etc. I did a different pattern on each block, some with stitching across the designs, some just around the edges. As a previous poster stated, the quilting will not become obvious if you use a thread that blends. There are just so many different patterns of quilting that will work....even a simple diagonal straight-line pattern (even across the shirt designs) will be enough to stabilize the t-shirt knits, but still look good.
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Check out this thread. There's a lot of stitching examples shown here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...t-t224144.html
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Wow Cindi! What a great tip to take a look at this site.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:27 AM
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Looks like my quilt pretty much. SO HELPFUL in guiding me on to what I have to do. Thank you!
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