Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on August 31st, 2015

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Pros and Cons of Traditional Style Block T-shirt Quilts

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There are two predominant styles of T-shirt quilts. One style is the traditional style of quilt. This style iscomprised of

uniform sized blocks that are lined up in rows and columns. The other major style of T-shirt quilt is a variable block size style also known as the Too Cool style. In this article, we will explore the pr

os and cons of a traditional style T-shirt quilt.  To read about the pros and cons of a variable block style quilt click here.


Positive Attributes of a Traditional Style T-shirt Quilt:

You know exactly how many blocks you will need.

Traditional style T-shirt QuiltFiguring out how many blocks are needed for a traditional style T-shirt quilt is as easy as simple multiplication. If a quilt is three blocks wide and five blocks tall then you simply multiply 3×5 = 15. You would need just 15 blocks for this quilt. This does not mean you can put 15 T-shirts in the quilt, only that you can put 15 sides or parts of the T-shirt in this quilt.
To figure out the size of the quilt you simply multiply block size by the number of blocks in the width and in the length. So using a 16-inch square block, a quilt that is three blocks wide would measure 48 inches wide. The length of the quilt would be 5×16" = 80" inches long.

It’s easy to locate a particular block.

If you have a favorite block it will be easy to find. You just have to remember that it’s in the second column third block down. You will go to that block every single time you look. Since you know where the block is, you can avoid having to look at other blocks as you look for your favorite.

Traditional style T-shirt quilts are easy to make and won’t cost very much.

Because all the blocks are the same size and are lined up in rows and columns, this style of T-shirt quilt is very easy to make. Somebody with no sewing experience probably could muddle through the project. It’s because of this simplicity that this style of T-shirt quilt is inexpensive. An average sized traditional style T-shirt quilt that is tied or not quilted at all can probably be made in about an hour.

Negative Attributes of a Traditional Style T-shirt Quilt:

Not Interesting.

A pattern of rows and columns is very easy for our brains to discern.  As a result we don’t have to spend very much time looking at the quilt. This style of quilt is great if they are your T-shirts. But nobody else will be very interested in your quilt because there will be little to hold their attention. Again rows and columns are simple and once we’ve detected the pattern, our brains will be onto something else.

Uniform block size.

compare-2One standard block size in a quilt is great if all the T-shirts have the same size designs on them. But 999 out of 1000 stacks of T-shirts will have many different sized designs within the stack. The problem with a one-size-fits-all block size is that some of the designs on your T-shirts will be too large for the block. Those designs will have to be cropped to fit the block size.

Other designs on your T-shirts will be much smaller than the block. The design won’t get cut off; rather it will be left with too much margin around it. But due to the nature where small designs are printed on a T-shirt, this small design will have too much margin and the design will be in the upper right-hand corner of the block. This will look like a mistake.

Before you have a quilt made from your T-shirts, you need to know exactly what style of T-shirt quilt you want. The style of T-shirt quilt you choose will influence the cost and look of your quilt. Consider downloading our T-shirt Quilt Buyer’s Guide. It covers many topics about T-shirt quilts that will help you make an informed decision when you choose your quilt maker.
T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide

About Andrea Funk

Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes. The modern method of making T-shirt quilts. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since.