Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on December 3rd, 2012

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Quilting Designs Used on a T-shirt Quilt

Q & A About T-shirt Quilts

The quilting designs you see on the back of a Too Cool T-shirt quilt are not only fun, they are one of the things that set a Too Cool T-shirt quilt apart from other T-shirt quilts.   

Some of the features of our quilting include:

  • We typically us a contrasting thread on a solid material so the quilting can be seen.
  • Each block is quilted differently from the other blocks.
  • Some blocks receive an over all pattern.
  • On other blocks, a design or word on the T-shirt block is trace.

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Q & A about the quilting designs on the back of our T-shirt quilts. 

Cool quilting designs seen on the back of a T-shirt quilt. Can I get an overall design quilted instead of having the each block receive its own quilting design?

We can do an overall design if you would like. But understand that this is not what we excel at. T-shirt quilt companies who do overall quilting design either use a computer guided long arm quilting machine or follow a printed templates by hand with a laser pointer. Since we do art quilting on our quilts, we have very little experience with over all designs. We can do loops or stippling.

Part of what make a Too Cool T-shirt quilt so cool is the quilting. With an overall pattern, your quilt becomes more pedestrian.    

What types things can be traced from the T-shirts?

We analyze the following characteristics of a design:

  • Size
  • Complexity
  • Line drawing vs. shading
  • Type of fabric
  • Surrounding graphics
paper tracing done with a long-arm quilting machine on the front of a T-shirt quilt.

Can you only trace designs that are on that block of the T-shirt or can I provide a stencil?

Typically we trace designs on the T-shirts.  The design is then seen on the back of the quilt and the back and front match. We can use paper stencils to quilt specific designs on your quilt. They work great but keep the following things in mind:

  • There will be an extra cost because we have to remove excess paper. This involves tweezers and picking of paper.
  • The design will be a mirror image of the paper stencil. So if words are used, they will be backwards unless they are printed out backwards.
  • We can print out your designs or you can send them with your T-shirts.

Pricing for Paper Stenciling

  • Tracings 1 & 2: Free
  • Each Tracings 3 - 6:  $10* each
  • Each Tracings over 7: $20* each

*Prices effective until 12/31/2019

How to make a stencil for us:

Print out your word or line drawing on a piece of paper and send it to us. Or you can e-mail us your image and we can print it out for you.

Could I specify what kind of design I wanted?

 Long-arm quilting on the back of a T-shirt quiltThe front of a T-shirt quilt block. The next photo shows the quilting on this block.If would you like a specific image on your quilt, you can tell us what you would like stenciled on. If you would like a specific image traced from your T-shirt, put a note on the shirt noting that you would like it traced. If we can trace it, we will.  The rest leave to us!  

Do you have a question about a T-shirt quilt? We would be happy to answer them. Please e-mail your questions to:

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To learn more about having a quilt made from your T-shirts, download our free T-shirt Quilt Buyer's Guide.
It's a great place to learn about the different styles and quality of T-shirt quilt. 

T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide

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2 backs

back purple

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Pittman back Hacker Back




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.