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    'floating' squares t-shirt

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    I had a request for more info on this process. I did not purchase a pattern for this. I saw it on a blog and asked if I could use the idea. (a long time ago!) You could use this method with t-shirts or regular fabric. Contrast is very important to maintain the 'shadow'. The shadow should be dark and the background/sashing should be much lighter. The recipent of this quilt requested no white as there were pets in the house.

    You can use all the same size blocks or set them like a puzzle as I did. I did all the blocks first and then laid them out on my design wall till I had a setting I was happy with.

    Here is the block make up


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    each center has two borders. A square of background (the small one) and a strip of the 'shadow'. Your strip can be as long or as wide as the block_ the WIDTH of the shadow needs to be uniform. You can see from the picture that all the blocks in this quilt are different. I cut the small background squares the same and sewed them on strip of the shadow. I sewd one side of shadow, trimmed it and then sewed on the other side of the shadow.

    Let me know if you need a step by step mock up of this block.

    Beth in AZ
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    Thanks I'll keep this for future use. Your shadowing is very effective. I really like your quilt.

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    Thanks for the info--very useful.

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    Wow! This looks great. Thanks for the drawing to show the shadow piecing. What width did you use for the shadow strips as compared to the width of the strips around the blocks (in light grey)? I have a t-shirt quilt on my bucket list. Thank you!

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    I love this, thanks for sharing. I am going to do this on the next Tshirt quilt I make.

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    One of the best t-shirt quilts I have seen. Love it!

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    You did a really nice job with making this T-shirt quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi View Post
    I had a request for more info on this process. I did not purchase a pattern for this. I saw it on a blog and asked if I could use the idea. (a long time ago!) You could use this method with t-shirts or regular fabric. Contrast is very important to maintain the 'shadow'. The shadow should be dark and the background/sashing should be much lighter.

    You can use all the same size blocks or set them like a puzzle as I did. I did all the blocks first and then laid them out on my design wall till I had a setting I was happy with.

    Let me know if you need a step by step mock up of this block. And please PM me if you have any further question..

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    best t-shirt quilt I ever saw....good job

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    Very nice job. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

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    Really nice T-shirt quilt and the shadowing adds so much.
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    Love your quilt-thanks for the tutorial.
    I don't know how to do that.....YET!
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    YAY! I finally got in my own thread! If I can get back in tomorrow or Thursday, I will do a step by step of this block with suggestions on sashing. If I cannot, I will start a new thread.


    THANKS ManiacQuilter2 for your assistance!
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    I made a shadow quilt for my daughter and absolutely loved the look. But, I never thought to do it with a T-shirt quilt - BRILLIANT!!!! OMG, another thing for my bucket list................

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    I love this design for a t-shirt quilt.....it allows each t-shirt to be highlighted. Nice job.
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    My FAVORITE pattern for a T-Shirt quilt !! Just beautiful!!!
    Thanks so much for the info, very helpful!!

    Elle

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    Thanks for sharing this...

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    Great looking quilt!!

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    Thanks for sharing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi View Post
    YAY! I finally got in my own thread! If I can get back in tomorrow or Thursday, I will do a step by step of this block with suggestions on sashing. If I cannot, I will start a new thread.


    THANKS ManiacQuilter2 for your assistance!


    Beth, was this done in PDF form or anything? I have a tshirt quilt planning to make for grandson and I love yours, would love to have the step by step and block sizes you used if possible. Thanks so much for putting this tutorial together for us.
    Happy Quilting!
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    This is the very best t-shirt quilt I have ever see. Very well put together and a good idea,even for a panel type quilt with different types of pictures involved. Thank you for the tutorial.
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    After seeing a lot of shirt quilts your's is the best one - one that inspires me to make one. I will look forward to your step by step instructions! Thank-you for sharing.
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    I'm curious how you quilted this? I've got my own shadow-box (floating block?) top done but can't seem to figure out how to quilt it. I've searched the Board and the web for something other than SID but nothing is speaking to me. It's been done for over a month, laid out so I can see it every time I walk by, and still can't seem to make a plan. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Cathy, I did not do a PDF as I don't know how! I can do a more step by step if that is what you are looking for. This is more a method than a true pattern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter 53 View Post
    I'm curious how you quilted this? I've got my own shadow-box (floating block?) top done but can't seem to figure out how to quilt it. I've searched the Board and the web for something other than SID but nothing is speaking to me. It's been done for over a month, laid out so I can see it every time I walk by, and still can't seem to make a plan. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
    As I recall (and can enlarge my picture!), I think I just meandered. I did have to avoid the plastic type logos making sure that they didn['t 'puff' out with too much outlining. I would think if you wanted to do each 'shadow' the same way with a similar design in each block. This might depend on the size/uniformity of your blocks. Since this one was all over the map with sizes, I decided to meader. This leaves the blocks to shine on their own w/o overpowering them with quilting. Hope this helps!
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