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You Want to Do What With My Shirts?

Most people have them, you know, that collection of favorite t-shirts that are too sentimental to give away. The closets and drawers are overflowing with them – even the ones that are too small or too well worn to continue being seen in public! Sigh. What to do, what to do?

T-2We understand, and have a solution for you! It’s time to box them up, send them or bring them to Quilts ‘N Kaboodle in Texas (no, we aren’t a charity collection/distribution agency – we’re helping you hold on to your memories). We will take your special t-shirts and turn them into a T-shirt quilt.

It’s as simple as that. Really! You provide the uncut t-shirts and we’ll provide everything else! Just sort through those favorite shirts from past vacations, sports events, church events, concerts, high school or college events, collectibles such as NASCAR or Harley Davidson t-shirts or any shirt that holds special memories that you want to be memorialized – and we will do the rest.

In a few weeks we’ll return your favorite t-shirts fashioned into a beautiful cuddly quilt that is sure to be an heirloom! Each quilt is as individual as its owner and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face as it warms your heart with a flood of all those precious memories. Nothing says love better than a quilt!

 Two of the most Frequently Asked Questions are:

So How Much Does This Cost?

One t-shirt block is $20. There is an additional $10 fee if the block is pieced from multiple shirts.

The finished sizes and prices* are listed in the chart below depending upon the number of blocks in your quilt.

T-Shirt Pricing & Layout Choices

Number of Blocks

Layout

12″ Block

14.5″ Block

Price

9

3 x 3

44 x 44

51 x 51

$180

12

3 x 4

44 x 58

51 x 68

$240

16

4 x 4

58 x 58

68 x 68

$320

20

4 x 5

58 x 72

68 x 84

$400

24

4 x 6

58 x 86

68 x 101

$480

25

5 x 5

72 x 72

84 x 84

$500

30

5 x 6

72 x 86

84 x 101

$600

35

5 x 7

72 x 100

84 x 117

$700

36

6 x 6

86 x 86

101 x 101

$720

42

6 x 7

86 x 100

101 x 117

$840

 

* Above price does not include additional charges for pieced blocks or other special considerations.

If you desire that the quilt to be larger than the sizes listed above please discuss with us the option of adding additional borders or adjusting the sashing size. All adjustments will be at additional costs, but we are ready and able to work with you to turn your collection of t-shirts into a cuddly quilt!

Pricing includes:

• Stabilizing your t-shirt with fusible interfacing

• Cutting the t-shirt to block size

• All fabric for sashing, cornerstone, backing

• Piecing, batting, quilting + binding = a completed quilt!

Price does not include:

• Special over sized blocks

• Special pieced blocks

• Additional borders to “grow” the quilt to a certain size

• Return shipping

• Texas residents will have an additional 6.25% sales tax

How Many Shirts Does It Take?

Quilts are made up of blocks, the blocks are made from the shirts you provide. The size and price of the quilt will be determined by the number of blocks desired. As few as 9 shirts will make a nice wall hanging, up to 42 to make a king size quilt, see the pricing and layout chart below for finished sizes.

What Size Will The Quilt Be?

Looking for a dorm room quilt or queen size quilt? The chart below shows typical mattress sizes. Compare this to the size of our quilts based on the number of blocks. If you desire a custom size we can discuss options. To use as a bed spread you should measure your individual bed for the exact size to include the “drop” on the sides. Need assistance? Just ask!

Standard Mattress Sizes

Twin 38″ x 75″
Double 54″ x 75″
Queen 60″ x 80″
King 76″ x 80″
California King 72″ x 84″

 


Some Other Commonly Asked Questions:

 

Can I See Some Examples?

 

 

Can Jerseys or Sweatshirts Be Included?

Yes, however, if any of the shirts have very thick patches or thick lettering they may not be suitable for quilting on the longarm machine. When in doubt, just ask.

Do I Need to Do Anything Special to the Shirts First?

First of all, please do NOT cut out or trim the shirts – that’s our job! We’d appreciate if you washed them, but please don’t use fabric softener. We understand stains and small worn places – that just adds to the character and uniqueness of your quilt.

 

What If I Have An Odd Number of Shirts?

That’s when we get to be creative! Sometimes blocks are made from combining graphics from multiple shirts. Still an odd number? We can discuss possibilities of adding a plain fabric block or a photo transfer when we discuss your quilt.

What Size Are The Blocks And How Do You Make Them?

Our standard size block is 14.5 inches before fabric sashing is added. Small children/youth size shirts may look best at 12 inches per block whereas 2x and larger adult sizes need 15 inches to accommodate the graphics best. Please note that the sizes are not mix and match. Prices and finished quilt sizes are based on the standard size of 14.5 inches.

Each shirt is first stabilized with high quality fusible interfacing to enhance the appearance and durability while maintaining softness. This does NOT make the quilt stiff.

Next the shirts are cut to block size to showcase the graphics. Sometimes it is difficult to center a small graphic design, and on the same token, if the graphic is larger than the block size part of the design may be cut off. Regardless, the memories remain.

One t-shirt typically equals one block, however, you may wish to use both the front and back of a shirt which would count for two blocks. Please make a notation on the shirt which side(s) to use.

Also there are occasions when smaller logos need to be combined together to make a full size block. We are happy to accommodate for an additional piecing fee per block – see our photo examples of pieced blocks.

Besides T-shirts, What Else Does It Take To Make The Quilt?

The blocks are pieced together with accent fabric between each block called sashing; at the intersection of the sashed blocks there are more fabric accents called cornerstones. These can be the same color as the sashing or a second color, the choice is yours. We have a rainbow of fabric colors to choose from.

We use high quality quilter’s 100% cotton, not cotton blends or sheets for the construction of our T-shirt quilts. Remember, this is a quilt studio not a sweatshop, quality is our reputation and your t-shirt quilts deserves no less than the best products used in their construction.

Once the top is pieced it is loaded on our A1 Longarm Quilting Machine along with a high quality quilter’s 100% cotton backing and 80/20 cotton/poly blend batting (the same batting used in our award winning quilts, no inferior batting in our studio!)

Next the machine quilting stitches are added – this not only enhances the beauty of the quilt by adding texture making it “look and feel like one of grandma’s” but also joins the three layers together so your heirloom will be durable and usable – much stronger than hand-tied construction offered by other companies.

The final process is to add the fabric binding around the edges for a professional finishing touch, again using high quality quilter’s 100% cotton. A total turnkey operation!

What Is Done With The Scraps From The Shirts?

Glad you asked. If you would like them returned we will be glad to save the cuttings after the block is trimmed from your shirts. If this is not specified we will recycle them for you.

How Do I Order A T-shirt Quilt?

Simply fill out our Contact Us form. If you are local we will contact you to arrange an appointment in our studio, if you are outside the Houston/Galveston area we will provide shipping information and detailed instructions for labeling your shirts.

Can The T-shirt Quilt Be Washed?

As long as all the shirts you provide are machine washable, the materials we add are. Our quilts are machine washable, making them truly a useable treasure.

Do You Make The Quilt or Is It Made In Some Third World Country?

Rest assured that your prized memories will never be out sourced; your personal t-shirt quilt is designed, pieced and quilted in our smoke-free Quilts ‘N Kaboodle studio by an award winning quilter who knows and loves quilts. Proudly Made in America!

 

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