How to Make a T-Shirt Quiltcomments (15) August 11th, 2008
Tying Your Quilt
I spent a lot of time jabbering about quilt tying before, so I will try not to rehash too much of what I've said already. I do have some tips based on experience, however, and I certainly learned that my glorious idea to include a design with every tie was a little unreasonable. It turns out you need to tie at intervals between 2-4" which meant that tying was A LOT more time consuming than I anticipated. Double-knots were about all I could handle.
I tied along the edges between my rows and columns of squares and then at about 3.5" intervals throughout the quilt. Because my squares didn't line up perfectly, my tying distances were also a little impercise to keep them lined up with the squares.
1. Thread your embroidery needle and starting at the bottom of the quilt, pull the needle up through the corner between the border and the first square on the left. Make a small stitch, pull the needle down through all three layers and then insert it back up at your 2-4" interval. Repeat, stitching across the bottom edge until you reach opposite corner.
2. On the back of the quilt, cut half-way between each large stitch. Tie a double-knot with the two ends of embroidery thread and trim to about 3 cm in length. (Note: I wanted my ties on the back of the quilt so as not to interrupt the designs on the front. You can easily alter these directions to have the ties on the front).
3. Repeat all the way up your quilt (good luck!) and when you reach the top border you are all done.
I hope this helps anyone interested in making a t-shirt quilt. I'd be happy to answer questions or clarify if need-be. I have had so much fun posting this summer and I know that CraftStylish.com will continue to be one of my favorite distractions this coming year.