A couple of weeks ago, I talked about theRules 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.
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.
You have a collection of tees, maybe from running (mostly white) , Harley Davidson shirts (mostly black) or concert shirts (again, mostly black). Can we make these quilts look great?
We say YES! We do this by adding a sashing border around each tshirt . We add a contrasting color fabric around each shirt so that the monochrom colored shirts don’t ‘mush’ together like in those chaos/random quilts.
Recently, a customer
emailed us with concerns that all of her t-shirts were all the same color (Harley-Davidson
black tees). She was concerned that the quilt would be ‘too dark’, and
what could we do to ‘perk’ them up a bit.
We advised her that adding sashings add a bit of contrast/color around each shirt so that the quilt would not be a big blob of ‘black’ (or white) and un-appealing. Sashings actually add an essential element that ties the colors of the tshirts together, and makes the quilt a complete piece of art. Whether it is a bright color for those all white running shirts, for a gray neutral for the mostly Harley or Concert shirts. The sashings give the eye a place to rest, and not get lost in a mass of one color.
Again, the quilt on the
left consists of all white tees. By adding the green sashings, the
green accent border (and cornerstones) ‘perk’ up the
quilt and adds interest to the final quilt. What do you think?
Whatever collection the
of tees that you have. You can lay them out the way you would like, or
let us take care of that for you. Normally, most collections of
tshirts are not all one color. But, if they are, trust us to add
design elements such as sashings and accent borders to give you a complete and
T-Shirt Quilts of Texas is a professional company making custom
quilts from YOUR t-shirts for over 15 years. Let us know what your collection
consists of and we will be happy to create an heirloom for you.