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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.

Quilt being quilted on a longarm machine
Elephant quilt being quilted. Parts of a longarm quilting machine

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). Continue reading What is Longarm Machine Quilting?

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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.

Continue reading Using Hats in a T Shirt Quilt
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Oops, The Dog Ate My T-Shirt Quilt!

Parts of a quilt needing repair
Can you – or should you repair a 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. Continue reading Oops, The Dog Ate My T-Shirt Quilt!

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Can a T-Shirt Quilt Made From the Same Color Shirts Look Good?

Same Color TShirts

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.  

White  tees made into a colorful quilt.
White tees made into a colorful quilt.

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.

Quilt made from Wichita State (Kansas) Wheat Shocker tshirts
Quilt made from Wichita State (Kansas) Wheat Shocker tshirts
Quilt made from all White TShirts

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 pleasing quilt.

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.