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All About Quilt Batting


A Little Bit About Batting

A quilt is like a sandwich and is made of three layers. The top, batting and backing. The batting is what goes in the middle of the "quilt sandwich.”  This little informational tutorial will discuss many different types and uses of batting (See 60 Uses for Batting ). You can choose from 100% cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blend, bamboo, wool, silk, etc.

To help decide which to use, you may want to ask yourself a few questions first:

    • What will the finished product be used for? Quilt, wall hanging, bed-spread, etc.
    • Who will the end user be? Does it need to be flame retardant for children?
    • Does it need to be especially warm?
    • In a warm climate - does it need to breathe?
    • How do I want the finished quilting project to look - flat or fluffy? Contemporary or traditional?
    • Do I need a light or dark batting?
    • Will it be hand or machine quilted?
    • How much am I willing to spend?
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5 Quilting Rules Made To Be Broken


What is the old adage?  "Rules are made to be broken"   Most of the time, rules are a good thing, like stopping at red lights, do unto others and so on. But, in the quilting world we do it differently.  I promise the "quilt police" won't come after you,  (however, if you are entering a quilt show, you might want to re-think your decisions).

5 Rules You MUST Never Break

Where did you learn about quilting?  Was it a quilt handed down from your grandmother?  OK, maybe your grandma taught you to quilt.  She probably started quilting before there were all the modern tools like rotary cutters (circa 1985), plastic rulers, printed patterns and quilt shops.  What?  They quilted before rotary cutters?  Yes,  my grandmother (Annie Scarlett) inspired me with her creativity.  When I declared that I was going to make a quilt, she laughed and sent me a box full of teensy tiny pieces of feedsacks that were already cut and ready to make a Double Wedding Ring Quilt.  

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How To Tie A Quilt


Tied Quilts

Tied quilts are an old tried and true method of holding the 3-layers together to make a quilt.  While I have quilts from both my grandmother and two of my great-grandmothers - my mom only 'tied' her quilts.  What?  My mom wanted to get quilt finished! The fastest way to get a quilt finished is to 'tie' the quilt.   My first  few quilts were hand-quilted.  My youngest daughter figured out pretty soon that to get her quilt done 'in her lifetime' was to have it tied.     I hate to admit, but as a beginning quilter I did most things 'wrong'.   Well, wrong as in my grandmother wouldn't have done it that way- LOL.

With Lindsey's blue and yellow spool quilt, I did all the cool piecing, added borders, but then to finish it up in a timely manner, I used Yellow Polyester Yarn to do the ties.  Hey, it is now 30+ years later, and while the fabrics have faded abit, the quilt is totally intact and will last another 30 -70 years.  What more could you ask?

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What Is A Quilt Sandwich?


What’s a Quilt Sandwich?

A quilt sandwich is what quilters call the three layers of a quilt.  The 'sandwich' consists of the quilt top, the batting and the backing. 

The quilt “sandwich” consists of backing, batting, and the quilt top. First, you’ll cut the backing 4” to 6” longer and wider than the quilt top.

If you’re planning to quilt the project yourself, you’ll baste the layers together using thread or safety pins. Use LARGE stitches (or safety pins) anywhere from 4 to 6 inches apart. 

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Choosing Backing Fabric For a T-Shirt Quilt or Memory Quilt


Backing Fabric for A T-Shirt Quilt

You have been collecting tshirts for as long as you can remember.  You have them from the hospital where you were born, grade school and high school.  The sports teams or clubs you were in during high school.  You get to college and you have concert and sorority shirts.   What do you do?

The obvious answer is  t-shirt quilt.  There are lots of t-shirt quilt makers out there, but with the hundreds of results how to you select the quilt maker that won't deliver a complete mess of your tshirts.  How do you select a t-shirt quilt maker?  

Backing Material

The backing material is the fabric that is seen on the bottom side of a quilt.  At T-Shirt Quilts of Texas we have over 700 bolts of fabric in stock to select that perfect fabric for your quilt.  We don't use solid color fabrics as they have a horrible tendency to show lint,  pet hair and just everyday use.    We use fabrics commonly referred to as 'tone-on-tone'.   These are fabrics that add a visual  'texture'  and 'depth' to a quilt without adding the more cluttered look of a multi-color print or the FLAT color of a solid fabric.  The professional quilting shows up beautifully on both the front and the back of the quilt.

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Quilts For Camp Hope


  On this Independence Day, I would like to feature two special organizations in the Houston area, "Camp Hope" and "Quilts for Camp Hope".   

 Camp Hope in Houston, is a facility belonging to the PTSD Foundation of America. Opened in May 2012, Camp Hope helps veterans with multiple obstacles like job placement, transportation and peer support groups integration as they work to get more out of their lives.  It currently houses veterans and their families from all over the United States expense free.

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Thinking about having a T-Shirt quilt made? 

Download our Free Buying Guide

Before you have a T-Shirt quilt made, be sure to read our T-Shirt Quilt Buyers Guide so that you have the information you need to make an informed choice about what type of T-Shirt quilt you want to have made.

T-Shirt Buyers Guide