I love EQ for T-shirt quilts. I seem to be making a lot of them lately, and love being able to try out my layouts before I even take my rotary cutter to the shirts. I’m currently making one for a friend’s daughter’s graduation, and wanted to send her pictures of what the quilt could look like with different fabrics. She’s in Ohio, I’m in Michigan. There’s no way to get together to sit down together to do this. Shea is a soccer player, so I found some nice soccer fabric that wasn’t “kiddie” to use in it.
I took pictures of all the shirts and loaded them into EQ.
This mock-up is a big, fat “YUCK”!
That border is waaay to dark, and the sashings catch the eye instead of the shirts.
It needs a pop of color, too, doesn’t it? It’s pretty boring.
This one is OUT.
I decided to use the soccer fabric in the border instead.
MUCH better. I like the way the yellow 1/2″ border on the outside frames the quilt. But the sashings look washed out, don’t they? What if we add another pop of color just outside the sashing and made the sashings black?
Looks good. A definite maybe. I like the way the soccer fabric “reads” as a mottled grey color. Keeps the eye on the shirts, not the border.
Let’s try a pop of red. We are Ohio State Buckeyes, after all!
Oooh, that looks SO nice! And look how that completely changed the look of the quilt!
What would white look like? It was a surprise to me that I actually liked it. Almost frames it like a picture, doesn’t it?
I enjoy trying out different fabrics and colors to see what happens. I don’t “imagine” things well, and need to see them to really get a feel for what a quilt will look like. This is why I love EQ. I don’t know it as well as Peggi does (she’s a true whiz at it!) but I’ve got the t-shirt quilts down to a fine science. And I love being able to give my customers choices. I can try out the fabrics before I buy them, and changes can easily be made before I start cutting up the shirts!
If you’re interested in making one of these, I’ve written a tutorial for beginners that you can download here. They’re sure a lot of fun, and I’ve made some extra “fabric money” making them for others!