A quilt’s three layers are held together with quilting. Although there are four major styles of "quilting" a quilt maker can use, we are going to look at machine quilted T-shirt quilts here. Most T-shirt quilts are quilted, are quilted with a long-arm quilting machine. This article is a Q & A about the thread used to long-arm quilt T-shirt quilts.
We regularly use collars and necklines in our quilts. It’s one part of our quilts people positively react. We hear comments like, “Oh, it really is made from T-shirts” or “Wow, that is so much fun.” We like to add collars and necklines into our quilts because they add a special touch to the quilt.
If you are in the process of finding someone to make your T-shirt quilt, you may not have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Our T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide has the information you need to fill in any knowledge gaps.
There are a number of things you need to know about backing materials used for a T-shirt quilt. We have broken this article into four sections. Below, you can jump to any section. Or you can read from top to bottom.
On the Internet, there are thousands of photographs of T-shirt quilts. You’ve probably seen them yourself. Anyone can make a T-shirt quilt, but very few can make an extraordinary T-shirt quilt. Your T-shirts are important! So when you are looking to have a T-shirt quilt made, don’t trust your T-shirt to just anyone who says they can make a T-shirt quilt. Look at lots of pictures and pick out the little details that set an awesome T-shirt quilt apart from an ordinary or awful quilt.
If you are on a tight budget yet still want a T-shirt quilt, you have options. There will be tradeoffs, but if you know what those tradeoffs are going in, you will know where to set your expectations.
Are you in the process of learning about a T-shirt quilt made from your shirts? If so, here are some terms that will be used in your discussion about your quilt. Knowing these will let you understand and follow the conversation. If the term you want to know about is not listed below, here's a link to our glossary.