10 Most Common Mistakes You See in a T-Shirt Quilt

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Are You Thinking About Turning T-Shirts into Quilts? Knowing What To Consider for an Effective Quilt Maker.

A qualified quilter will use high-quality fabrics for your quilt’s backing – including sashing strips, borders and binding. They will also utilize cotton or 100% polyester batting as needed.

1. The Image is Too Close to the Neck Band

If you have too many special t-shirts that you feel would be wasted otherwise, consider having them turned into an unforgettable t-shirt quilt – it’s like sleeping under an incredible art collection!

However, an unseasoned T-shirt quilt maker could leave you with more of a blanket than intended. To avoid this mishap and ensure the best result for yourself and others involved with your shirt treasures’ project, take time to educate yourself about what distinguishes quilts from blankets before sending your shirt treasures off for stitching.

A quality T-shirt quilter will use sashing and cornerstones to ensure that their quilt remains flat while maintaining an orderly layout of blocks. If a quilt does not include these components, it could easily turn out as blanket instead. Keep an eye out for T-shirt quilts with missing graphics or cropped off graphics that do not belong in its quilt format.

2. The Image is Too Small

Traditional T-shirt quilting utilizes one size blocks that crop any graphics that are too wide or tall, creating an uneven quilt appearance that is far from desirable.

Quilt makers might follow a specific pattern, or simply employ random grid arrangements when designing their quilts; whatever the case may be, this style of quilt can become mind numbingly boring to look at.

As you lay out your T-shirt quilt, take pictures or sketch your design so you can provide feedback to the quilt maker on whether they are producing an excellent quilt! By doing this, you will know whether they are creating you an appropriate quilt!

3. The Image is Too Large

Quilts differ significantly from blankets in their construction; quilts consist of three layers while blankets only require one. If a person calls what appears to be one layer sewn together a quilt without stitching connecting its front and back pieces as being one, this suggests they were misinformed or were taking an inaccurate approach when calling it one.

When considering having a T-shirt quilt made, ask the quilt-maker how many quilts he or she has already created. The number of quilts produced will provide insight into his or her quality of work; an experienced quilt maker should have an excellent eye for layout and design that will result in a quilt you will treasure for years to come.

4. The Image is Too Wide

When creating a T-shirt quilt, it is crucial to select an appropriate backing fabric – which could range from solid colors that complement the quilt design, to pieces of polar fleece yardage. Furthermore, it must also be laid out correctly; either perfectly aligning each side (divided into 4-inch sections), or overlaps should occur according to sections.

By creating collage-style quilts, this will ensure that the largest designs on each shirt are used without cropping off parts that may not fit within traditional block sizes, this should never happen! Many quilters utilize traditional block sizes that limit how big logos can get and can lead to them being cropped off if too much material does not fit into an available space in that block. A great way around this issue would be creating collage-style quilts; doing this removes the need to select an exact block size!

5. The Image is Too Long

When using photos in your quilt, ensure they support and further the story that you wish to tell. This will ensure your quilt tells a coherent and meaningful narrative.

When creating a T-shirt quilt, it is essential to use a lightweight fusible interfacing to remove stretch from your shirts and stabilize them prior to cutting them into blocks for your quilt. This will make them much stronger and simpler to work with.

Once your T-shirt blocks have been cut, it is important to lay them out on a floor or design wall and ensure that they are arranged evenly and don’t clash in terms of color combination. This can also help identify any blocks which require trimming down to size.

6. The Image is Too Wide

Some images on t-shirts are so close to the neck band that there may not be enough room for creating a large block. If this occurs, extra fabric can be added by cutting fabric from underneath your shirt and stabilizing it before sewing onto any section that appears too small in your block – no one will ever know you added extra material later! Doing this will hide it completely so no one knows about any additions made later.

Cropping off logos on T-shirts is another common mistake that should never be done; especially important when creating T-shirt quilts.

7. The Image is Too Long

If you have an abundance of tee shirts from past events, sports or vacations that you want to turn into quilts (read about the difference between quilt and blanket here), many t-shirt quilt makers exist – some better than others.

Quilt makers who understand their craft use fabric to stabilize the front of the quilt and keep its tees from stretching during wash cycles, typically lightweight fusible interfacing like P44f by Pellon.

An accomplished quilter will have an eye for layout, whether traditional piecing or randomly piecing T-shirt blocks. A poorly laid out quilt will not look appealing.

8. The Image is Too Wide

T-shirt quilts are large pieces of fabric that take time and effort to finish, requiring sewing skills as well as some math knowledge. When the blocks don’t match perfectly square or rectangle shapes, this indicates an amateurish quilt maker and may indicate they don’t care enough to fix any irregularities that arise during construction.

Check for cropped off graphics as this is often a problem with traditional T-shirt quilts that utilize one block size – if logos are larger than this size they will likely be cut off!

Finally, quilts lacking any sashing or cornerstones indicate they were created by inexperienced T-shirt quilters. Sashing and cornerstones help maintain flatness and evenness in T-shirt quilts.

9. The Image is Too Long

Quilters often turn to fusible interfacing as an effective way of stiffening up T-shirt fabric, ironing it onto each piece and eliminating some of its stretch.

Once your T-shirts have been stabilized, they can be cut into the size blocks you would like for your quilt. We advise selecting a block size which matches or slightly exceeds that of your backing fabric (typically 100% cotton).

By choosing an appropriate block size, this helps avoid having to “crop off” images from your logos that exceed its dimensions. For images with really large graphics, select a block size which allows them to be completely encircled by quilt blocks; selecting this will also facilitate centering graphics within them resulting in more professional-looking finishes.

10. The Image is Too Wide

T-shirt quilts may look straightforward to create, but their construction requires patience and expertise.

Quilt makers sometimes utilize blank blocks of T-shirt material as filler material (known as sashing) or borders on their quilts to enhance its appearance while concealing any stitching mistakes that occur while creating it. This approach can make their quilt more appealing while hiding any mistakes in stitching that occur during construction.

When hiring someone to make a t-shirt quilt for you, it is vital that you conduct sufficient research on their past experience and discover how many quilts have actually been completed by that individual. Doing this will ensure you receive exactly the quilt that is right for you without disappointment; leaving you to rest easy knowing it will be created perfectly.