Batting is the "stuffing" that is in the middle of a quilt. Typically for a T-shirt quilt, this is a thin or "low loft" batting that is a little over 1/8" thick. T-shirt material is heavy to begin with, so a thicker batting would make the quilt even heavier.
The binding is a piece of material that is sewn around the entire outside edge of a quilt, finishing the raw edges of the quilt. You will see only about ½" of the binding from the front and back of a quilt.
The front of a T-shirt blanket is made up of T-shirt blocks pieced together. But the piecing of the blocks for the blanket does not make it a quilt. A T-shirt blanket is made up of just two layer – the top is the pieced T-shirt blocks and the back is typically a fleece of other heavier fabric. The two layers of a blanket are not typically connected to each other. A quilt differs from a blanket because a quilt has three layers that are all connected with quilting.
A border is a frame that goes around the entire quilt top. The border is actually part of the quilt top and is made up of T-shirt material. A quilt does not have to have a border, but it can add size, color, and style to any quilt.
Long-arm quilting is the process used to bind the three layers of a quilt. A long-arm quilting machine can be operated from the front or back of the machine. The process can be controlled by a person or by a computer.
A panograph quilting pattern uses the same repeating pattern throughout the quilt. The quilter, standing behind the long-arm machine, uses a laser pointer to follow a line pattern that set in the bed of the quilting machine. The quilter works from left to right and makes one pass at the design. The quilt is then forwarded and the quilter will make a second pass with the same design.
Stippling is a meandering quilting pattern. In a true stipple, the stitching never crosses back upon itself. Some quilts are quilted entirely with a stipple design. Other quilters only use stippling in one or two blocks within a quilt.
Tech fabric is also known as microtech fabric. These are fabrics that are great at wicking sweat away from your body. Tech fabric is extremely soft and feels great to the touch. Tech fabric can be used in a T-shirt Quilt.
Tracing is done with a long-arm machine. The long-arm quilting artist will trace a design on a T-shirt on the front side of the quilt. You can see the tracing on the back of the quilt as a mirror image of the design on the front T-shirt. Tracing a number of items on a quilt makes the back of the quilt look as cool as the front!
Every Too Cool T-shirt Quilt® has its very own box. When your T-shirts arrive, they are cut and then put into a plastic box with your name on it. Until your quilt is finished, this box will include everything associated with your quilt.