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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

Regular Style vs. Stained-glass Style T-Shirt Quilts

Updated: July 15th, 2024 | Published: May 31st, 2024

3 min. read

By Andrea Funk

Regular Style vs. Stained-glass Style T-Shirt Quilts

At Too Cool T-shirt Quilts, we pride ourselves on creating quilts that are as unique and personal as the memories they capture. Both our regular style and stained-glass style T-shirt quilts share common features that make them stand out, yet each has distinctive characteristics that cater to different tastes and styles. Let’s explore these similarities and differences in detail.

Shared Qualities

Captivating Design

Whether you choose our regular style or stained-glass style, both types of T-shirt quilts feature captivating designs. By using different sizes and shapes of blocks, we create dynamic and visually interesting layouts that are far from ordinary. Each quilt tells its own story, capturing the essence of the T-shirts used.

The first quilt here is not a stained-glass quilt. It is a regular style quilt with a 4" pieced border. The second quilt is a stained-glass style. It too has a 4" pieced border. 

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Distinctive Quilting

Purple back 4Every block in a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt is individually quilted. This meticulous attention to detail ensures that no two quilts are exactly alike, giving each quilt a unique character. The individualized quilting enhances the texture and visual appeal, making your quilt not just a keepsake, but a piece of art.

Heirloom Quality

Our commitment to quality means that every Too Cool T-shirt Quilt is designed to last. We use high-quality materials and craftsmanship to ensure that your quilt stands the test of time, becoming an heirloom that can be cherished by future generations.

Unique Features of Stained-Glass Style T-Shirt Quilts

While both styles share the same high standards of design, quilting, and quality, the stained-glass style T-shirt quilt offers a unique twist.

Lead Came Effect

stained-glass close upThe most distinctive feature of the stained-glass style quilt is the thin fabric between blocks, which mimics the "lead came" seen in actual stained-glass windows.

This fabric, which we will refer to as “leading,” provides a striking contrast that sets off the colorful blocks. It's much like the lead in traditional stained-glass art that highlights the vibrancy of the glass pieces.

Visual Impact

Andreas travel 2023The leading in stained-glass style quilts adds a bold, graphic element to the design. It creates clear, defined boundaries around each T-shirt block, enhancing the visual impact and making each block stand out.

This design choice amplifies the colors and patterns of the T-shirts, resulting in a quilt that is both eye-catching and unique.

Note, the leading can be any color you would like. It doesn't have to be black.

Artistic Flair

Choosing a stained-glass style T-shirt quilt is like bringing a piece of contemporary art into your home. The interplay of the leading with the colorful T-shirt blocks creates a sophisticated, artistic look that can complement a wide range of interior styles.

Best of T-shirt quilt of 2020  Roots Stained Glass copy


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Pricing of a Stained-Glass Quilt

Very, very expensive. Why? They are difficult to make. But, if your budget allows it, and your T-shirts are right for the style, you will have a T-shirt quilt that will knock your socks off! Here's a link to the stained-glass quilt pricing page.

What Is And Is Not a Stained-glass T-shirt Quilt


This is a stained-glass style quilt because of the thin black leading between the blocks.

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This is one of our regular style T-shirt quilt. There is no thin strip of fabric between blocks. This quilt has a 2" solid + 4" pieced border. The pieced border is in rainbow or ombre color style. 

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Both our regular style and stained-glass style T-shirt quilts offer captivating designs, distinctive quilting, and heirloom quality. The choice between them comes down to personal preference. If you love the dynamic, freeform layout of different sized blocks, either style will delight you.

However, if you are drawn to the striking contrast and bold visual statements reminiscent of stained-glass windows, our stained-glass style T-shirt quilt is the perfect choice. No matter which style you choose, a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt is a beautiful and lasting way to preserve your memories.


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We have over 200 articles about all aspects of T-shirt quilts.

Here is more information on our stained-glass style T-shirt quilts.

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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.