T-Shirt Quilts

Since t-shirt quilts are such a big part of Quest Quilts, I thought it appropriate that they receive their own section.  Here you can find an online order form as well as FAQs.

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UGA Wall Quilt

I have an online form with all my options and pricing.  I can make t-shirt quilts from a lap size all the way to a king.  I can sew the shirts without anything fancy, or I can add sashing, pictures printed on fabric, and letter blocks spelling out names.  The form outlines all of that.

To see the order form, please click here.

Fill out this form to contact me directly for more questions:

For local folks, by that I mean in Gwinnett County, I meet you at JoAnn’s fabrics in Snellville.  There you can give me your shirts, talk about what you have in mind, and pick out fabric.  After that I’ll send you picture updates as I go.

Basic Info: 

Please note the price listed is for a basic t-shirt quilt.
$150 Lap quilt – any quilt measuring 75” x 60” or smaller
$225 Twin sized quilt – measures 90” x 60”
$275 Full-sized quilt – measures 90” x 75”
$350 Queen-sized quilt – measures 105” x 90”
$450 King-sized quilt – measures 105” x 105”
Styles Offered:

I’m listing some FAQs below my pictures that should help you get an idea of my method and how to get started.

 

FAQs

Q. How come you say “blocks” instead of “shirts” when talking about making the quilt?
A. I say “blocks” because not every shirt is a single block. Sometimes a shirt has a fantastic design on the front as well as the back, and it will make two blocks. Sometimes I shirt’s front and back can be combined.  So this is my way of reminding folks that a shirt may create either one OR two blocks depending on the design of the shirt.
Q. How many blocks do I need to have?
A. There is no direct amount required. Usually, I’ll take what shirts you give me and adjust it for the desired size. If there’s too many, I can shrink down the block size or ask you to pick X amount to take out. If there’s not enough, I can make block sizes, sashing, or borders bigger. I have also added in blocks of other fabric that ties in. There’s a lot more flexibility than most people realize.
Q. No, seriously, can you give me a number of blocks to at least try for?
A. Okay, I’ll do it, but remember this is all flexible. For a lap quilt, I suggest 9-12 blocks as a starter. It goes from there with 20 blocks for a twin, 25 blocks for a full, , and on up to around 36 for a queen, and 42 or so for a king. Again, these are estimates. I’ve squeezed a lot of shirts into a smaller quilt and expanded a few shirts into a larger one. You give me what you’ve got, tell me a size, and we can adjust from there.
Q. The prices seem a bit high. Can you explain why?
A. The materials involved for a basic quilt include batting, which can go over $30 easily, thread, stabilizer, and the backing fabric, which can be around $6-$10 per yard. I need anywhere from 6 to 8 yards for a good-sized quilt. Making each block can be time-consuming depending on the fabric and design, and the quilting itself involves hours of work in addition to the time spent assembling the blocks.
Q. Where do you meet?
A. I like to meet at the JoAnn’s in Snellville. This way, we can hand off the clothing and pick out a backing all at the same time. If there’s enough of the chosen fabric, I’ll get it cut right then. If not, I know what to go home and order online.
Q. Are there some fabrics that are off limits?
A. For the top, not much is out of line. If it’s cloth, then it’s good. Oil cloth and stuff with a lot of paint or plastic on it doesn’t do well on my machines and can break them, but uniforms and such are just fine. As for the backing, some of the more expensive quilting fabrics at the store add up a lot when I have to get between 6-8 yards of it, so I generally stay in the mid-range fabrics. Mid-range fabrics are part of the original price for backing. If you want one of the more expensive fabrics, then we can discuss something, possibly compensating for the difference in normal price. Again, we can see what you have in mind and adjust accordingly. This is the best part of making these quilts!
Q. Do you use all parts of the shirt?
A. If there is a design, I’ll use it. If you only want one side of a shirt used, then safety-pin a note to that shirt, telling me what you have in mind. Sometimes I can combine a front and back if there’s something too small for its own block. Generally, though, I try to include as much of what you give me as I can.
Q. Is there anything else I need to know before giving you the clothes?
A. Yes, please wash and inspect them all before handing them over. Many shirts age well, but sometimes a design will flake if the shirt is of cheaper quality and has sat around in a garage for years. Also, if you smoke or if the shirts smell of mold/mildew, please do everything you can to lessen the smell. Mold and mildew will trigger allergies for me and my family.
Q. What about you – do you smoke?
A. No, I do not smoke, nor does anyone in my house. I do have two cats, though, who have litter boxes in the basement, nowhere near my sewing area. We also have a dog as a result of all those trips to the adoption sessions to donate dog beds! I lay something over the clothes as I am working on it, so they cannot mess with it. I also like to wash and inspect quilts before handing them over, so it will be newly washed when you receive it.