T-shirt quilt quilting

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Jholeah posted on Mon, Mar 21 2016 1:21 PM

Hello all.  I have a question for those who have made t-shirt quilts.  How do you quilt them?  Do you quilt over the picture or just around.  I have one I am making into a rag quilt.  The blocks are 16 1/2 x 17 inches.  Big I know.  But that is the smallest I could do.  The actual pictures are quite big in some of them.  I was wondering if I quilt over the pictures if it will look bad?  Picture below.  Thanks in advance all.  

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Thank you.  I agree.

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Thank you.  I agree it is simple does the job it needs to and does not detract from the images.

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Ramona replied on Tue, Jul 25 2017 3:58 PM

Jholeah,

My opinion is that you need to quilt over the designs on the shirts. The quilt will just be big puffy spots if you only quilt around the squares.  I find the meandering is the best quilting for t-shirt quilts.  That way the quilter can keep the quilt smooth, as sometimes the backing that is put on the t-shirts gives way, and the quilter can avoid some of the designs, pictures and logos by just catching the edges, if necessary. Also it gives a good coverage of quilting. This first quilt I made, quilted and bound. The second quilt I just did the quilting.

 

 

 

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Rhonda replied on Tue, Jul 25 2017 6:17 PM

What Inspired Me to Write Our Family Quilt and become a quilting artist

 

My family and friends, trips to the mountains, baking apple crisps, and quilting.  Everyday experiences nurtured and inspired me to write Our Family Quilt.

Whether I am quilting, writing a book, an article or a blog, it never just happens. It takes experiences, adventures, love, encouragement and support from family and friends.

 

Our Family Quilt didn’t begin when I sat at my laptop.  A tiny seed was planted in my writing soul when my mom, started me on my sewing journey. A box of scraps of material inspired my first try at putting bits and pieces together to create something new.  A Christmas sewing basket with little scissors, thread, pins and buttons is still treasured. My grandma, gave me her sewing machine she used since the 1930’s. I remember the moment she gave me the machine and tried to weave it into my book. On my thirteenth birthday, my parents gave me a Sears Kenmore that went forward and reverse (which I took with me when I got married, sewed little-boy blankets, and used until it would sew no more). It was those memories I put into words.

 

Once I was married my husband became my creative sounding board, patiently listening as I created with words, pins and thread. Supporting me with many adventures to fill up pages.

 

While I was raising children, teaching, and writing articles an idea for a book started brewing. My life supplied the inspiration.  I developed the prologue and the epilogue. I also knew from beginning to end the journey I wanted to take the characters on.  I knew how to sew but not quilt -which was critical in the story. 

 

I walked into my friend’s office, who quilted, and asked her to give me enough information so I could write my book.

 

With a happy heart, she took me into my first quilting class and I was off on another adventure.  I went to quilting shows learning everything I could. I joined a quilting guild, listening to all their inspiring speakers and meeting encouraging quilters. I bought quilting magazines and books. As we traveled we stopped at each quilting shop along the way.  As I absorbed new experiences, I became inspired to add a different dimension to both my quilting and my book.

 

I not only finished the book but fell in love with the art of quilting.  The needle became my pen and the thread my ink. As I wrote about Grace, a master quilter, -as she shared her creative gifts with her young granddaughter, Audrey. I was thinking about sewing with my mom.

As I wrote about their lives unfolding around their family quilt.  The love between grandmother and granddaughter was a mirror of my love for my grandmother.

 

Each memory you create today becomes a springboard for future creativity. 

 

As you read about Grace and Audrey, may it inspire a memory for you to use as your own creative springboard.  So you too, may piece together your own family quilt.

 

Rhonda Cratty

 

To read: Our Family Quilt: The Fabric of Life visit Amazon.com.

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Rhonda replied on Tue, Jul 25 2017 6:18 PM

What Inspired Me to Write Our Family Quilt and become a quilting artist

 

My family and friends, trips to the mountains, baking apple crisps, and quilting.  Everyday experiences nurtured and inspired me to write Our Family Quilt.

Whether I am quilting, writing a book, an article or a blog, it never just happens. It takes experiences, adventures, love, encouragement and support from family and friends.

 

Our Family Quilt didn’t begin when I sat at my laptop.  A tiny seed was planted in my writing soul when my mom, started me on my sewing journey. A box of scraps of material inspired my first try at putting bits and pieces together to create something new.  A Christmas sewing basket with little scissors, thread, pins and buttons is still treasured. My grandma, gave me her sewing machine she used since the 1930’s. I remember the moment she gave me the machine and tried to weave it into my book. On my thirteenth birthday, my parents gave me a Sears Kenmore that went forward and reverse (which I took with me when I got married, sewed little-boy blankets, and used until it would sew no more). It was those memories I put into words.

 

Once I was married my husband became my creative sounding board, patiently listening as I created with words, pins and thread. Supporting me with many adventures to fill up pages.

 

While I was raising children, teaching, and writing articles an idea for a book started brewing. My life supplied the inspiration.  I developed the prologue and the epilogue. I also knew from beginning to end the journey I wanted to take the characters on.  I knew how to sew but not quilt -which was critical in the story. 

 

I walked into my friend’s office, who quilted, and asked her to give me enough information so I could write my book.

 

With a happy heart, she took me into my first quilting class and I was off on another adventure.  I went to quilting shows learning everything I could. I joined a quilting guild, listening to all their inspiring speakers and meeting encouraging quilters. I bought quilting magazines and books. As we traveled we stopped at each quilting shop along the way.  As I absorbed new experiences, I became inspired to add a different dimension to both my quilting and my book.

 

I not only finished the book but fell in love with the art of quilting.  The needle became my pen and the thread my ink. As I wrote about Grace, a master quilter, -as she shared her creative gifts with her young granddaughter, Audrey. I was thinking about sewing with my mom.

As I wrote about their lives unfolding around their family quilt.  The love between grandmother and granddaughter was a mirror of my love for my grandmother.

 

Each memory you create today becomes a springboard for future creativity. 

 

As you read about Grace and Audrey, may it inspire a memory for you to use as your own creative springboard.  So you too, may piece together your own family quilt.

 

Rhonda Cratty

 

To read: Our Family Quilt: The Fabric of Life visit Amazon.com.

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