Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Where Not to Quilt a T-shirt

Sometimes colors are printed into the fabric and these can be quilted without problems. Other times the design is stamped on with a rubbery substance. Do NOT quilt over this. The needle hole may cause the design to peel off the shirt. Just quilt as close to the design as possible. The top left block, the rose love, and the "theta to the rescue" blocks are examples of shirts handled in this manner. 

T-shirt quilt for Baylor University Theta sorority
Baylor University Theta

There may be other areas too heavy to quilt through. This young woman had a football jersey shirt  and a sweatshirt with her sorority letters in heavy fabric (bottom left and top right.) Notice they are added to the quilt but only quilted up to the lettering.

Because of large, irregular unquilted areas, I prefer an 80-20 (cotton/polyester ratio) batt for t-shirt quilts. I use regular sewing cotton thread (40-50 weight) or nylon monofilament. I think a size 80/12 or 90/14 universal needle works best on this combination of knit and woven materials.

I linked up with the Free Motion Quilting project.

Fret not; enjoy the day.


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