What is Longarm Machine Quilting?

Domestic vs. Longarm Machines

Domestic Sewing Machine – This is the sewing machine that you would use at home for regular sewing (& maybe embroidery). The head** is stationary, and you move the fabric when sewing or quilting.

Longarm Machine – An industrial type sewing machine where the ‘head’ moves instead of being stationary. The machine head** is moved from one side to the other while stitching (head moves, fabric stationary).

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Using Hats in a T Shirt Quilt

Wow, you have a favorite hat from your favorite baseball team (Go Astros!!!), favorite hobby or whatever. (Hubby has an obscure image from  the insert adapter of a 45 record that you use to play on a record player on his favorite hat). Whatever your hat represents, you probably want to include it in your t-shirt quilt.  The image represents YOU!

45 RPM Adapter for record player
45 RPM record player adapter

We have had mixed opinions  over the years on whether we can include the logos from a hat in a t-shirt quilt.

Recently, we had an order for six quilts and  they wanted to include 27 hats.

Wow.  27 hats. Keep in mind that each hat requires special attention.   Hats are NOT normally FLAT.

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5 Golden Rules of Quilting

March 28, 2017

Rules Were NOT Made To Be Broken!

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the Rules of Quilting That WERE Made To Be Broken.  I received several emails commenting on those rules, and telling me about their encounters with the “Quilt Police”.  There is a difference between developing good sewing habits, and just not knowing what to do.  Here are some of the ‘basics’ that I have always taught beginning quilters.

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Oops, The Dog Ate My T-Shirt Quilt!

Can You Fix My Quilt?

Things happen.  Puppies are teething, and maybe they used your favorite tshirt quilt to chew on.  What we can do?

The quilt on the right was christened by our own Shiner  (a blue heeler) about 12 years ago.  He teethed in several places, but I already fixed the worst holes..  These that are left, just make me go awwwww.

 So, what happens when you have a quilt that is damaged?  Can we fix it?  Well, yes, pretty much anything can be fixed.  However, it might cost a bit.

The Repairs

Most companies  will say NO!!! we won’t fix that.  What we do is take the quilting stitches out (much easier when the quilting isn’t that ‘scribble’ quilting.…) ; replace the offending block (you might have to provide a new t-shirt) . We then reload the quilt on the quilting machine and quilt the new area.  This all takes time, and is not our most favorite task.  While we do not want to be in the business of repairing quilts, we will repair a t-shirt quilt that we made, and for a reasonable price.

In these two photos, the dog didn’t eat it, but when the quilt was laundered the old blanket they used in two of the blocks disintegrated!  You can see inside the quilt, the stitching and needle holes from where we removed the quilting.  It is an easier job if the repairs are done on one of the side of the quilt, but in this case the blocks were on both sides of the quilt

After replacing the blanket squares, we added the new tees, then quilted it.    You couldn’t that tell we had done any repairs after we were finished.

Note: If the repair needs to be made in one of the borders or sashing, hopefully we will still have the fabrics in stock, buy can’t be guaranteed. Also, the number of times the quilt has been laundered may have caused fading in the fabrics, if not laundered properly. 

Hopefully, the love for your t-shirt quilt will be limited to snuggling and curling up in a chair!

T-Shirt Quilts of Texas is a full service professional business that can help you complete your quilt at most any stage. We also ‘fix’ quilts made by non-professionals. If you get started, and don’t feel you are going to be able to complete your quilt. Take pictures of your quilt in process, email it to us, and we can let you know if we can help you get it finished.

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