All About T-shirt Quilts

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

The Modern Rules for Making a T-shirt Quilt

The Dark Ages of T-shirt Quilt Making Before 1992, most T-shirt quilts were made one way.

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Materials Used In T-shirt Quilts  |  Q & A About T-shirt Quilts

Answers to Your T-shirt Quilt Questions

We love displaying our T-shirt Quilts various events such as marathon expos. We enjoy visiting with current customers and future customers. People walking by our booth often comment to us about how cool our T-shirt quilts are. It’s a lot of fun. 

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T-Shirt Quilt Buying Guide

T-Shirt Quilt Buying Guide

If you are in the process of finding someone to make your T-shirt quilt, you may not have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Our T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide has the information you need to fill in any knowledge gaps.

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What I Learned from My First T-shirt Quilt

My first quilt sucked.  There, I said it. I’m not going to deny it; the first T-shirt quilt I made was awful. Why am I sharing this with you?

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Using a T-shirt Quilt as a Wall Hanging

When you think of a quilt, your first thought might be – a blanket or something to snuggle with.  But there are other ways to enjoy and use a T-shirt quilt. Hanging your quilt on your wall is a wonderful way to enjoy your quilt everyday.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

What You Need to Know About Including Pockets in your T-shirt Quilt

The first time I included a pocket from a T-shirt in a quilt - well that was a big hit. Ever since I have encouraged using pockets in T-shirt quilts. 

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts

A Baby Blanket in a High School Graduation T-shirt Quilts? Yes? No?

When parents gather their children’s T-shirts in preparation to have a high school graduation T-shirt quilt made, we get many questions about what to put in and what to leave out. One of the most frequent questions I am asked is: Should a piece of the child’s baby blanket be included in the quilt?

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baby clothes

Which Style of Baby Clothes Quilt is Best for You?

Quilts made from baby clothes are some of the cutest quilts we make. When a box of baby clothes come into the shop, we all ooh and aw over the clothes. Some of us are particular to girl clothes and other prefer the boy clothing. Whatever the gender, we delight in making these quilts.

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Photographs of T-shirt Quilts

Harley-Davidson T-shirt Quilts Examples

If you are an avid Harley-Davidson rider, you probably love of Harley-Davidson T-shirts. You might be one to take your vacation on your Harley and travel all over the country. If you are like a lot of other riders, many of your stops are made at various Harley-Davidson dealers along the way. And if you find an awesome T-shirt at the shop, you leave with it.

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Athletic Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Runners: What You Need to Know About T-shirt Quilts

Why do you have too many T-shirts? Because you love to race. Racing lets you challenge yourself. You can race for the gold. You can race as a training goal.  Some runners race for the T-shirts!

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T-shirt Quilts Made From All-White T-shirts

In the years since I began making T-shirt quilts in 1992, I have made numerous quilts from all white T-shirts. Despite being all white, they end up much more colorful than you might imagine. 

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

All About Bicycle Jersey Quilts

If you are a bicyclist, chances are that you have more bicycle jerseys than you can wear.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Shipping Your T-shirts - Where to Get a Box

So you are ready to ship your T-shirts to Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Then you stumble… “I don’t have a box!

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Avoid Messing-Up your T-shirt Quilt

For the uninitiated, a T-shirt quilt is just a T-shirt quilt. You might think that anyone with a sewing machine can successfully make a T-shirt quilt. That’s just not true. There are so many ways we have seen T-shirt quilts screwed up in the past 30 years. Based on our experience of having made thousands of quilts and having remade so many others, our advice is to have your quilt made right the first time. Here are some mistakes to avoid:

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Store T-shirts for a Quilt

Right now, may not be the right time for you to have a T-shirt quilt made. You might not have enough money saved for a quilt or you still have more T-shirts to collect.

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Athletic Quilts

The Complete Guide to Hockey Jersey Quilts

Hockey – you either love it, hate it, or just don’t care. If you have found this article, you are probably in the "love it" camp. And you, or someone you love, probably played hockey.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  T-shirt Quilt Remakes

Already Cut T-shirts Can be Used in Your T-shirt Quilt

We hear the following question all the time: “My T-shirts have already been cut. Can you still use them?” Yes.

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts

Your Timeline for Planning a Graduation T-shirt Quilt

Receiving a T-shirt quilt for a High School graduation gift is a traditional right-of-passage for American kids. Whether you have been saving your child’s T-shirts since they were born or just for the past few years, when your child is a senior, it is time to begin planning their quilt in earnest. 

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T-shirt Quilt Details  |  The Best of

The Best T-shirt Quilts of 2021 - Part 4 of 4

Each December I go through photos of the T-shirt quilts we made over the past 12 months. The photograph below shows some of the quilts we made in 2021. There are a lot of them! And there are even more than are shown here in this thumbnail shot of them.  

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T-shirt Quilt Details  |  The Best of

The Best T-shirt Quilts of 2021 - Part 3 of 4

Each December I go through photos of the T-shirt quilts we made over the past 12 months. The photograph below shows some of the quilts we made in 2021. There are a lot of them! And there are even more than are shown here in this thumbnail shot of them.  

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T-shirt Quilt Details  |  The Best of

The Best T-shirt Quilts of 2021 - Part 2 of 4

Each December I go through photos of the T-shirt quilts we made over the past 12 months. The photograph below shows some of the quilts we made in 2021. There are a lot of them! And there are even more than are shown here in this thumbnail shot of them.  

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T-shirt Quilt Details  |  The Best of

The Best T-shirt Quilts of 2021 - Part 1 of 4

Each December I go through photos of the T-shirt quilts we made over the past 12 months. The photographs below shows some of the quilts we made in 2021. There are a lot of them! And there are even more than are shown here in this thumbnail shot of them.  

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Photographs of T-shirt Quilts  |  T-shirt Quilt Details

Examples of Awesome T-shirt Quilts

Looking at photographs of lots and lots T-shirt quilts is a great way to figure out what you like and don't like when it to your T-shirt quilt. Here are photographs 24 awesome T-shirt quilts. I hope you enjoy them!

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

What Can You Use In a Graduation T-shirt Quilt?

Are you planning on having a high school or college graduation T-shirt quilt for your graduating son, daughter or grandchild? If so, you can consider using more than just T-shirts. Here are some of the more unique items that can be included in a Too Cool T-shirt quilt. Note, some items come with warnings.

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts

Should you have an extra-long twin size T-shirt quilt made?

In early March each year we begin working on graduation T-shirt quilts. As we work on high school graduation quilts the one question we hear most often is “Should I have the quilt made to fit an extra-long twin size mattress for the dorms?”

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Memorial Quilts

Tips on Sorting Your Deceased Loved One’s Clothing for a Quilt

Are you planning on having a quilt made from your deceased loved one's clothing? The first step, going through you loved one's clothing is very difficult.  Here is a plan for sorting through their clothing you can follow to make the job a little easier. Unfortunately, this knowledge has come from firsthand experience. Hang in there, you can do this!

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

A Short History of the T-shirt Quilt

People have been making quilts from old and/or excess clothing for hundreds of years. Since the arrival of the T-shirt after WWII, it too has found it’s way into quilts. T-shirt quilts evolved into what they are today from the advancements of generations of past quilters.

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Q & A About T-shirt Quilts

37 Questions about T-shirt Quilts Answered

The Basics of a T-shirt Quilt 1. Will you send my T-shirt back with the quilt? No. We will use them to make your quilt! 

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

3 Things to Know Before You Order a Custom T-shirt Quilt

1. Figure out what type and style of T-shirt quilt you want. To figure this out, you need to know two things. First, do you want a blanket or quilt? And second, what style quilt do you want?

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

3 Things to Know About Planning a Concert T-shirt Quilt

We love making T-shirt quilts from concert T-shirts.  What distinguishes a concert T-shirt quilts from other T-shirt quilts? It is the designs on the T-shirts, the colors of the T-shirts and the value of the quilt.

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Memorial Quilts

10 Item to Use in a Memory Quilt

What do you do with all the clothes someone leaves behind when they die? This is always a big question you face when you lose someone you love. Many people say, they are just clothes, donate them! Yeah, BUT… You can't just box all the clothing up and take them to Goodwill because clothing triggers memories of your loved ones.

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Beyond the T-shirt  |  Materials Used In T-shirt Quilts  |  The Best of

Unique Quilts - Showcasing Our Work Beyond the typical T-shirt Quilt

Each year we make a number of quilts using the Too Cool method that end up different. In most of them, you can see our underlying methodology. But the end result is different than a normal Too Cool T-shirt Quilt. We are sharing some of these quilts here.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

5 Skills a Great T-shirt Quilt Maker Must Have

Below are 5 skills you want your quilt maker to have. In this article we will explain what each skill is and explain how you can easily tell if a quilter has these skills. 

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Ask your T-shirt quilt maker these 10 questions before you hire them

When you are planning a T-shirt quilt, your first step is to learn everything you can about T-shirt quilts. Here's a link to our learning center. Our learning center has 100's of articles about everything T-shirt quilts. Your second step is to find a quilt maker. Here's an article about finding a quilt maker. When you think that you have found the right person, take time to either interview them and/or get the answers to these questions from their website.

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

Local vs. nationwide T-shirt quilt makers - what's your best option?

I hear over and over from some people that they are looking for someone local to make their T-shirt quilt.  When asked why, I am told that they fear mailing their T-shirts to someone they don’t know. I feel that these are minor issues compared to settling for a quilt maker just because they are local.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

The best way to package your T-shirts to ship them to your quilt maker

We receive boxes of T-shirts everyday here at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. They come from the post office, UPS and FedEx. Some boxes are packed better than others. Here are some thoughts, based on years of experience, on packing your T-shirt to ship to your quilt maker.

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Materials Used In T-shirt Quilts

Is the batting used in a T-shirt quilt important to it's quality?

YES! The batting used in your T-shirt quilt is important. Although you don’t see the batting in a quilt, it is very important. The type of the batting used influences the look, feel, quality and longevity of your T-shirt quilt. 

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Q & A About T-shirt Quilts  |  T-shirt Quilt Details

Top 10 Misconceptions About T-shirt Quilts That Can Lead You Astray

There are a lot of misconceptions about T-shirt quilts – from how they look to how they are made. Below is a look at the top 10 misconceptions. We will break each down for you and debunk them one at a time. When available, we also have included links to more information about each misconception. If you understand these facts about T-shirt quilts, you will be able to better find a quilt maker to make your quilt.

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

Which of the 6 Styles of T-shirt Quilts is best for you?

There are many different styles of T-shirt quilts. Do you know which one would be best for you? Each style can result in T-shirt quilt with a different look and feel. Each style also comes with its own set of issues. Here is a look at the types of T-shirt quilts. You can click on each style or read from top to bottom.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Everything You Need to Know About a Double-Sided Quilt

Why a Double-sided T-shirt Quilt? A double-sided T-shirt quilt is great because you can use twice as many T-shirts inside your quilt.  There are two main reasons you might want or need a double-sided T-shirt quilt. They both have to do with having too many T-shirts.  Most people look to a double-sided quilt because they have a lot of T-shirts, and they don't want to exclude any of them. This might be someone with 100+ T-shirts.  Other people way too many T-shirts for the size quilt they want. For example, they have enough for a queen size quilt, but only want a multi-use size.  Some people have two uniquely different topics of T-shirts. But they are not interested in two quilts. A double-sided T-shirt quilt is a perfect solution to this problem.  Although, a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt allows you to use a lot of T-shirts. We can use many more T-shirts than most traditional style quilts. Perhaps you might find that a two-sided quilt is unnecessary.  

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

What I Learned Planning My Son's Graduation T-shirt Quilt is Important

Too Cool T-shirt Quilt customer Sonya Ash shares her experience with her son's T-shirt quilt.

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baby clothes

Planning an amazing Baby Clothes Quilt: Step-by-Step

Baby clothes quilts are so much fun! A baby clothes quilt is full of the special clothes and baby items from the first year of a baby's life. 

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Do my T-shirt need to be in good condition for a T-shirt quilt?

We get questions about what condition a T-shirts needs to be in to used in a quilt. "Can this T-shirt be used in a quilt?" Here are a number of questions and our answers. Generally, the answer will be “yes, we can use it!” You need to answer, should you use it.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Plan a Holiday Themed T-shirt Quilt

What’s your favorite holiday? Are you one of those people who go all out for a particular holiday?  If you or someone close to you is a nut for a particular holiday, a holiday themed T-shirt quilt is a unique and practical decoration for you!

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Planning a Holiday T-shirt Quilt Gift - Timeline

Giving a T-shirt quilt as a Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gift is a sure way to give the best gift of the season. It’s a gift that will be used, treasured and remembered each year. Many times it's a gift that is difficult to top!

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Can you add T-shirts to a T-shirt quilt after it’s finished?

Periodically we are asked, “Can you add T-shirts to my quilt after it’s finished?” Our answer generally is, “It’s not a good idea.” Theoretically, I see three ways to add onto a T-shirt quilt. Make the quilt larger by adding a row or column of T-shirts. Replacing a T-shirt that is already in the quilt with another T-shirt. Adding T-shirts to the back of the quilt.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How you can avoid sending in too many T-shirts for your quilt

I began making T-shirt quilts in the early 1990’s. Over the years, I have just about seen it all – and then some!

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

Which T-shirts you include in your T-shirt quilt is important

Choosing which T-shirts to put into your T-shirt quilt will impact what your quilt will look like. So, it's important to think about which shirts you choose for a number of reasons:

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts  |  What can you use in a T-shirt quilt?

How to Preserve Your Child’s Artwork for a T-shirt Quilt

If you are a parent, you probably have or had a refrigerator door decorated with your child’s artwork. It begins with scribbles, then advances to stick figures and finally ends when your child decides enough is enough and stops bringing the drawings home from school.

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

3 Design Features You Want in Your T-shirt Quilt

There are so many people making T-shirt Quilts, how do you find the right one to transform your T-shirts into an incredible quilt? One measure is how well the quilt is designed and laid out.

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T-shirt Pillows

Gifts for College Bound Students: A T-shirt Pillow

 Are you looking for an interesting gift for a student headed off to college? Consider having a T-shirt pillow made from school T-shirts for her to take to college.

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Top 10 Tips About Having a T-shirt Quilt Made

T-shirt quilts come in many different styles and levels of quality.

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6 Myths About T-shirt Quilts - True or False?

There are a lot of myths about T-shirt quilts. Here are 6 True or False questions about T-shirt quilts - how many can you answer correctly?

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

What happens when you send us too many T-shirts for your quilt?

We have been making T-shirt quilts since the early 1990’s. Over the years, we have just about seen it all.

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What can you use in a T-shirt quilt?

Can You Use a Ripped T-shirt in a T-shirt Quilt?

Yes you can, and should! Rips and other lived-in imperfections that are in our clothing are part of your story. Here's my story about rips. 

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

9 Industry Secrets to Save Money on Your T-shirt Quilt

When it comes to purchasing a T-shirt quilt, a lot of considerations come to mind: style, quality, what shirts to put in, and of course how much it's all going to cost.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

3 ways make a T-shirt quilt made with only black T-shirts colorful

"I Don’t Want an All Black T-shirt Quilt"  Normally, if all the T-shirts going into a quilt are black, we would make an all black T-shirt quilt.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

What is the Best Quilting Style for Your T-shirt Quilt?

Are you getting ready to have a quilt made from your T-shirts? If so, you know there are a lot of choices you will need to make about your quilt. The quilting style? It’s an important decision. It will influence the look and life of your quilt.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  theme quilts

How Many T-shirts Do You Need?

Most Americans will admit that we all have too much stuff! We will also admit that it is hard to let go of this same stuff.  One of these things we have too many of is T-shirts. So, how many do you need to have to wear?

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What can you use in a T-shirt quilt?

Can I Use Jersey Material In my T-shirt Quilt?  Yes!

This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked about T-shirt quilts. Since it’s called a T-shirt quilt, many people think that you can only use T-shirts in such a quilt. A T-shirt quilt is much more than just T-shirts.

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

Are You Cut Out for Making a T-shirt Quilt?

Are you considering making your own T-shirt quilt?  With the right directions, skills, time, experience and tool, you probably can make your own quilt. But before you begin, you need to know if you have what it takes to complete the project.   We have rescued many “would-be” T-shirt quilt makers who found themselves over their heads with the project.  But the final quilt ended up costing more than it would have if a professional quilt maker had made the quilt from the get-go.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

3 Things a T-shirt Quilt Has to Get Right

There are many styles of T-shirt quilts. Some styles are very traditional while others are much more modern. The question to ask about any solution is, does it solve all the challenges inherent to all T-shirt quilts?   Here is a look at the three problems that have to be solved in order to consider a T-shirt quilt successful.  

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  Q & A About T-shirt Quilts

Puzzle Style T-shirt Quilts - The Good and the Bad

There are two main styles of T-shirt quilts. The traditional style of quilt. This style is comprised of uniform sized blocks that are lined up in rows and columns. The puzzle style also known as the Too Cool style or the variable block style. Here's an article that explores the 6 styles of T-shirt quilts. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of a puzzle style T-shirt quilt. Understanding the good and the bad of a puzzle style T-shirt quilt will help you know if this style is good for your T-shirts.

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Memorial Quilts

Memorial Quilts or Pillows from the Clothing of a Passed Loved One

Are you looking for something meaningful to do with the clothing of a deceased loved one? Have you considered having a memorial quilt or pillow made from their clothing? 

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

Using a Flag or Banner to the Back of a T-shirt Quilt

Flags and banners are ubiquitous and universal. Look around and you will see them everywhere! US and state flags, flags for sports teams, Olympic flags, welcome banners and racing flags. They are all around us.

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Photographs of T-shirt Quilts  |  Q & A About T-shirt Quilts

5 Ways to Photograph a T-shirt Quilt

Photographing a T-shirt quilt, or any quilt, is difficult. It’s an odd shape to photograph. It’s large. It’s flat. It’s one-dimensional. It has texture. It’s floppy. Just figuring out where to photograph a T-shirt quilt can be difficult.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

How to Know if a T-shirt Quilt is Well Made

Are you planning on having a quilt made from your T-shirts? The research you do now will help you find the quilter best suited to make your quilt.  You have one chance to have your quilt made right.

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

T-shirt of the Month Clubs 2021

Here is a great gift idea for that T-shirt junkie in your life – a T-shirt of the Month Club! Each month the recipient receives a new T-shirt. Some clubs send a particular shirt to its members and other clubs let you choose your T-shirt.  It may be a little safer to choose your own T-shirt, but more interesting to have one just sent to you.

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T-shirt Quilt Details  |  The Best of

The Best T-shirt Quilt I Ever Made

What's my favorite quilt? They all are! But there is one quilt stands above every other quilt I've made. And I have made some awesome quilts since 1992.  Here's all about this quilt.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

The Stained Glass T-shirt Quilt

The Stained-Glass T-shirt Quilt!  The creation of the Too Cool style stained-glass T-shirt quilt is the coolest quilt I have made in years! The thin fabric between blocks, mimics the “lead came” seen in actual stained-glass. I love how it sets off the colorful blocks. From here on, we will call lead came simply “leading.” The photos just don’t do the quilt justice. There are also additional photos below.

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

What You Need to Know Before Buying a T-shirt Quilt

Are you in the process of looking for someone to make your T-shirt quilt? Before you go any further, ask yourself the following 6 questions. These questions will help you focus your search and can make eliminating quilters that don’t meet your requirements easier.  

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

Compare Project Repat, Campus Quilts & Too Cool T-shirt Quilts

Since 1992, I have talked to a lot of people about T-shirt quilts. At different events at which I display my quilts, a lot of people have said that they had purchased their quilt from Campus Quilts or Project Repat and were delighted with the quilts or blanket that they had received. Which is awesome.

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How to Host a T-shirt Party - Live or Virtual

If you are tired of the same-old, same-old party, consider a T-shirt party for your next gathering.

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What's Happening at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts? December 2020 Newsletter

Here's What's Happening! Here's a quick video to keep you up to date on what we're doing and what's happening at each of our locations.  We are still making quilts. As always, please call before shipping your box of T-shirts to us. Here's a link to the video.

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

Quilts Made Using Just One Color of T-shirt

A monochromatic T-shirt quilt is made from one color of T-shirts augmented with white, gray and/or black T-shirts. Your T-shirts might fall into this category. Typically these types of quilts are made from high school or college T-shirts or a quilt from a single sports team.

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Making Your Own T-shirt Quilt  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

What's the Best Interfacing for a T-shirt Quilt?

Question: What’s the best interfacing to use in a T-shirt quilt? Answer: No interfacing! I made my first T-shirt quilt in 1992. At that time, the Internet was not what it is today. I wasn’t able to Google: “How to make a T-shirt quilt.” As a result, I just made it up as I went along.

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12 Ways To Spoil a T-shirt Quilt

If you are new to the world T-shirt quilts, it might seem that one T-shirt quilt is just same as another T-shirt quilt. You might think that anyone with a sewing machine can successfully make a T-shirt quilt. But, neither is true. There are so many ways to make T-shirt quilts. And not all are successful!  There are a lot of ways I have seen T-shirt quilts screwed up. Here are the 3 major problems any T-shirt quilt must solve.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Can I use sweatshirts in a T-shirt quilt?

We get this question a lot! Yes they can. They can be mixed in with any other type of material that is machine washable. When the quilt is finished, it is difficult to know if a block was from a T-shirt or a sweatshirt.

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What's Happening? November 2020 Newsletter

Here's a quick video to keep you up to date on what we're doing and what's happening at each of our locations.  We are still making quilts. As always, please call before shipping your box of T-shirts to us.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

3 Ways to Make a T-shirt Quilt Larger - Without Additional T-shirts

Here’s the situation: you want your quilt larger than your T-shirts will make. For example, you want a queen size quilt for your bed, but only have enough T-shirts to make a quilt that is between a twin and a full size. What are your options?

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T-shirt Quilt Remakes  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

What is a T-shirt Quilt Do-over and how can I get one?

Did someone make your T-shirts into a crappy T-shirt quilt? Do you look at it and just want to cry? Or worse, leave it folded up in the drawer?

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

The 8 Most Popular T-shirt Quilt & Blanket Companies

There are a lot of companies making T-shirt quilts or T-shirt blankets. Digging through search results to find a list of makers is not easy.  To solve this problem, we have compiled a list here for you. 

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October 2020 Newsletter

October 2020 We've made a quick video to keep you up to date on what we're doing and what's happening at each of our locations.  It's a little difficult to hear what we are saying as we are having to wear masks. We are still making quilts. As always, please call before shipping your box of T-shirts to us.

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The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

5 Parts of a T-shirt Quilt and Why You Need to Know Each of Them

Are you considering having a T-shirt quilt made from your T-shirts? If so, it helps to understand a few basics about a quilt. With just a little knowledge, you will be better able to talk with a potential quilt maker about your T-shirt quilt.  Any quilt is made up of 5 main parts: the quilt top, the batting, the backing fabric, a binding and the quilting.

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Memorial Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

How to Plan Multiple Memorial Quilts from One Person's Clothing

Can you imagine planning 21 quilts and five pillows from one person's clothing? Perhaps not. But it happens. Here's how they planned their quilts.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

3 Types of Bindings Used on T-shirt Quilts

When you make a quilt, a binding is used to cover the raw edges of your quilt’s three layers. In this article I will explain each type of binding and list the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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What's Happening at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts - September 2020

We've made a quick video to keep you up to date on what we're doing and what's happening at each of our locations.  We are still making quilts. As always, please call before shipping your box of T-shirts to us.

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Beyond the T-shirt

What You Need to Know About Having a Dance Costume Quilt Made

A dance costume quilt is a quilt that is made from a dancer’s collection of dance costumes.  These can include performance costumes, practice outfits and T-shirts and sweatshirts from dance competitions.

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Beyond the T-shirt

Crown Royal Bag Quilts

What can you do with a Crown Royal bag? So many things!  Some items are great. Others, not so much! Face Masks ✔️ Pillows ✔️ Corn Hole Bags ✔️ A Dress ✖️ Pants ✖️ Slippers ✖️ Dog Clothing ✖️ Golf Club Covers ✔️ Drink Coasters ✔️ Baby Clothes ✖️ Lamp Shade Covers ✖️ A Coat ✖️ Apron ✔️ Purse ✔️ Boot Cover for Stick Shift ✔️ Bikini Bathing Suit ✖️✖️✖️ Mittons ✖️ Gun Case ✔️ A Quilt!! Of Course! ✔️✔️✔️

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Athletic Quilts  |  What can you use in a T-shirt quilt?

What Can I Do With Too Many Baseball Caps?

How many baseball caps you do have in your house? If you are like my family, you have more than you can wear and more than you need.  Yet, have you ever noticed that you never seem to have one when you need it? And then you end up having to buy another one.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Photographs of T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Decide if You Want a Border on Your T-shirt Quilt

We are frequently asked: "Does my T-shirt quilt need a border?" "Will it look better with a border?" These questions are so hard to answer for a number of reasons:

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

Planning a T-shirt quilt? Here are the first 6 questions you need to answer

Are you beginning the process of planning your T-shirt quilt? If so, start by asking yourself the following 6 questions. These questions will help you focus your search to find a T-shirt quilt maker. The answers to these questions can help you weed out quilters that don’t meet your requirements.  

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

How to Tell a Good T-shirt Quilt from a Bad One

Are you looking for a T-shirt quilt that is way better than average? Here's what you should be looking for when you're planning a T-shirt quilt. The best T-shirt quilts will have the following in common:

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Materials Used In T-shirt Quilts  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

Fleece on the Back of a T-shirt Blanket or Quilt

Many T-shirt blanket and quilt companies offer polar fleece on the back of their blankets or quilts. They describe the merits of fleece as:

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How many T-shirts Can I Use in a T-shirt Quilt?

How many T-shirt you will need for a quilt will depend on the style of quilt you have made. Below is how to figure out "how many" for a number of different T-shirt quilt styles.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

5 Types of T-shirt Quilt Makers – Who is right for you?

Not all T-shirt quilt makers fall into the world of T-shirt quilts the same way. But they are all making T-shirt quilts and T-shirt blankets. Which type of quilt maker should you find to make your quilt? Here is an explanation of each type of T-shirt quilt maker. This explanation includes how they came into the T-shirt quilt world and what you could expect if you ask them to make a T-shirt quilt for you.  

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How Much Do T-shirt Quilts Cost

How Much Do T-shirt Quilts Cost?

Why is there such a large price range? On the Internet, you can find T-shirt quilts ranging in price from $100 to over $2,000. That is a huge price range for what you might think is the same thing. But T-shirt quilts aren’t all the same. And most of the time, they aren’t even close to being the same.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

What is the differences between a T-shirt blanket and T-shirt quilt?

A quilt and a blanket are not the same thing! Many of our customers ask us what is the difference between a quilt and a blanket. And if you’re looking to have your T-shirts transformed into a quilt or blanket you need to know the difference between the two. You also need to know which one you want. Because, a blanket and a quilt are not the same thing. Sure, they both can keep you warm. But other than that, they are very different.

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T-shirt Quilt Details

Five Details That Make a T-shirt Quilt Look Amazing

On the Internet, there are millions of photographs of T-shirt quilts. Since you have landed here, you’ve probably seen some of them yourself.  To help you understand what you are looking at, we have broken down 5 details that are important to look for. Once you have these figured out, you will know what to look for based on what is important to you.  Look at lots of pictures and pick out the little details that set an amazing T-shirt quilt apart from an ordinary or awful quilt.

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Where to Find Additional T-shirts for Your Quilt

Since I began making T-shirts quilts in 1992, I have found that most people have more than enough T-shirts to make a quilt the size they want. But there are situations when you might want more T-shirts than you have.

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Beyond the T-shirt

Quilts made from Feed Sacks

A Brief History of Advertising Feed Sacks The history of feed sacks is the story of the transportation of consumer goods. Consumer goods had been transported in wood barrels and boxes for centuries.

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Q & A About T-shirt Quilts  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts  |  T-shirt Quilt Details

Quilting Designs used on a T-shirt Quilt - What's Best?

The quilting designs you see on the back of a T-shirt quilt should be fun. But not all quilt makers choose to or can include this type of artistry in their quilts. The quilting on a T-shirt quilt should be cool and include the following features: 

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Beyond the T-shirt

Necktie Quilts - What You Need to Know

We have used neckties as part of T-shirt quilt, but we had never made an entire quilt with neckties. So when we had a customer ask us to make a quilt from neckties, I was intrigued with the challenge and excited with what my team and I could come up with.

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Beyond the T-shirt

Hankies Made Into an Heirloom Quilt

What do you do with all those hankies that you inherited from you great aunt? They are pretty, but what do you do with them? We recently came across a group of hankies that we found at a garage sale that we decided to transform into a quilt.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts  |  T-shirt Quilt Remakes

I hate my T-shirt quilt! What can I do?

Hate is such a strong word. But sometimes when there is an error in a T-shirt quilt, the hate word is used. You could also insert the words: dislike, unhappy with, disappointed with and the like. In this article we will begin by looking at what you can do about a T-shirt quilt you are unhappy with. Then we will look at some of the reasons you might hate your quilt. Here we will examine what can or cannot be done to solve the problem.

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Beyond the T-shirt  |  baby clothes

Quilts Made From Baby Bibs

When my daughter Milie was a baby, we went through four to five bibs a day. She was a typical baby – a very messy eater! We had both everyday and special occasion bibs. We were given bibs for gifts and at holidays. Who knew one baby needed so many bibs!

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Beyond the T-shirt

Quilt Made with Doll Clothes

Did you grow up playing with dolls? I did! I loved my Sasha dolls. They were beautiful 16" dolls first produced in Germany in the late 1960’s.  Read more about Sasha dolls here.  I probably played with my dolls later in childhood than most girls because I loved making clothes for my doll. My mom made clothing for the family and I imitated by making doll clothes. Honestly, it is where my love of sewing came from.

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Beyond the T-shirt

Doily Quilts - What You Need to Know

A Brief History of the Doily The historical use of doilies and our cultural changes in grooming habits has a shared history. During the Victorian era, homes were being decorated with more stuffed furniture and decorative wooden tables. During this time period, our methods of cleaning were much different than they are today. This was in the time before vacuum cleaners.

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

How to Save Money on a T-shirt Quilt – Material Quality Choices

If you are looking to save money on a T-shirt quilt, choose a T-shirt quilt company or maker who chooses the cheapest materials and does not handle them correctly. Below is explanation of how the quality and type of materials used and how they are used can cut the cost of a T-shirt quilt. To help you understand the trade-offs between these cost saving measures and how a quilt looks, feels and wears, there is also an explanation of how these cost savings will effect your quilt.

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Beyond the T-shirt

What You Need to Know About Plaid Shirt Quilts

Plaid Shirts There are some of us out there that just love our plaid shirts. Whether they are flannel, heavy cotton or dress shirts, if they are plaid, they are what we wear. When the old shirts start to wear out, we get new ones. Yet we never get rid of the old ones. After a while, we are over run with plaid shirts. What now?

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  T-shirt Quilt Details  |  What can you use in a T-shirt quilt?

How to use Neon T-shirts in a Quilt

Neon has a purpose and that is to stand out. That’s why safety equipment is colored neon.

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

Military T-shirt Quilts - What You Need to Know

If you are in the military or have been in the military, you have T-shirts! And uniforms, flight suits, caps, sweatshirts, coats and just about every other type of clothing items that relates to your military service.  And you probably have more of them than you need. So...you need to have a T-shirt quilt made!

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Athletic Quilts  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

T-shirt Quilts for Baseball & Softball Players

When my nephew Isaac finished his last year playing Little League, he was disappointed that team had not made the Little League World Series. But then again, most Little League players are disappointed their teams did not make the Little League World Series. 

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker  |  Making Your Own T-shirt Quilt

Are You Cut Out for Making a T-shirt Quilt? Take This Quiz.

Are you considering making your own T-shirt quilt?  With the right directions, skills, time, experience and tool, you probably can make your own quilt. But before you begin, you need to know if you have what it takes to complete the project.  

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Beyond the T-shirt

Triangle Baby Clothes Quilt

Here at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts we love to do special projects. We have quilting skills that go beyond just making T-shirt quilts. Our experience combining fabrics with different stretchiness makes what we can do unique.

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Memorial Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

When Should You Have a Memorial Quilt Made?

We know grief is different for everyone. Some people work through the grief of losing a loved one in a matter of months. While other people never do. Grief is universal, but very personal.

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How Much Do T-shirt Quilts Cost  |  Memorial Quilts

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Memory Quilt Made?

A memory quilt celebrates the life of a loved one you have lost. Before you have a quilt made, learn about some of the costs that go into making a memory quilt. With this knowledge, you will be able to choose a quilt maker based on your wants and budget. 

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Photographs of T-shirt Quilts

10 Examples of T-shirt Quilts Made with Different Size Blocks

We sorted through over 5000 photographs to bring to you these 10 awesome T-shirt quilts. This is not an easy choosing just 10 from so many fabulous quilts. We love all the quilts we make!  What we looked for were quilts exemplifying different genres of quilts. For example, we made over 50 all white quilts. We chose the quilt that best represented that style of quilt.

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

What do I do with all my old cheerleading outfits?

Whether you began cheerleading at age five or fifteen, by the time you retire, you will have acquired a number of T-shirts, jackets, and uniforms. They are too important and have too many memories to just give away.  What do you do with them when you are no longer a cheerleader? Have a quilt made from your cheerleading paraphernalia!

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theme quilts

UVA T-shirt Quilt - a Story of Love and Redemption

Take 10 minutes out of your day to read the story Carmen shared with us about her T-shirts and the quilt we made from them. We highly recommend it and it has a happy ending!

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

Checklist for Having a T-shirt Quilt Made

Are you ready to have a quilt made from your T-shirts? Excellent. Here is a step-by-step check list of what you need to do to have a quilt made from your T-shirts. 

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

Quiz: What Style of T-shirt Quilt is Best for You?

There are many different styles of T-shirt quilts. Each style can result in a different look and feel.

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

What You Need to Know About a Groupon Deal for a T-shirt Quilt

Did you find a great deal for a T-shirt quilt on Groupon or some other coupon site? Perhaps a quilt for under $150? Cool. Right? Perhaps. Perhaps not. There are cheap T-shirt quilts and blankets and there are expensive T-shirt quilts. What’s the difference? Here are 5 differences that will let you know if you got one of the cheap ones or one of the good ones.  Here's how these differences can make your quilt a lot less expensive and what you gave up for the cost savings.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

6 Ways to Determine the Size T-shirt Quilt for Your Needs

This is a Goldilocks story about finding the quilt that is the perfect size for you. A quilt that is not too big nor too small: a quilt that is just the right size! So how do you go about figuring this out? Read on, we will walk your through a number of different options to use. First, we will look at what determines the size of a T-shirt quilt. Second, we will look at 6 methods you can use to determine the size quilt you want. 

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

Here Are the 5 things That Can Make or Break Your T-shirt Quilt

Do you have T-shirts you want made into a T-shirt quilt? Are you looking for a quilt that is more than a few steps above ho-hum? Below are five factors that go into making a T-shirt quilt that is so much better than ho-hum.

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

What happens to your T-shirts when you give them to a quilt maker?

What happens when your T-shirts arrive at your quilt maker? Since each quilt maker is different, I can't say for sure. But I can tell you what happens when you send your T-shirts to Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. So here's what happens, from arriving at our shop until the quilt arrives back at your door.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

What You Need to Know About Traditional Style T-shirt Quilts

There are two main styles of T-shirt quilts. The traditional style of quilt. This style is comprised of uniform sized blocks that are lined up in rows and columns. The  variable block size style also known as the Too Cool style or the puzzle style Here's an article that explores the 6 styles of T-shirt quilts. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of a traditional style T-shirt quilt. Understanding the good and the bad of a traditional style T-shirt quilt will help you know if this style is good for your T-shirts.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

What You Need to Know About Thread Color on Your T-shirt Quilt

A quilt’s three layers are held together with quilting. Most T-shirt quilts are quilted with a long-arm quilting machine. This article answers the most asked questions about the thread used to quilt T-shirt quilts.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Making Your Own T-shirt Quilt  |  T-shirt Quilt Remakes  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

Pinterest T-shirt Quilt Instructions Are Unreliable

Caution! Do you spend a lot of time on Pinterest? I know I do. Every day I see tons of cool “Do it Yourself” or DIY ideas. I always think “Oh! I could make that, it looks easy!”. Yet my stuff never seems to come out as good as the pictures. Most of the time my project goes straight in the trash.

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Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

10 Things You Should Look for in a T-shirt Quilt Maker

So, do you have that stack of T-shirts you want turned into a T-shirt quilt. Have you had a T-shirt quilt made before? Do you know what you want your T-shirt quilt to look or feel like? Without some basic information, you may choose a quilt maker who is not the right fit. Here are 10 things to look for in someone who may make your T-shirts quilt. These are clues you can use to determine a quilt maker's skill and if they are a good fit for you and your T-shirts. 

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  baby clothes

When is the Best Time to Have Your Kid's T-shirts Made Into a Quilt?

Our kids have a lot of T-shirts! Many kids pick up their first T-shirt on the way out of the hospital after having just been born. After that they start getting T-shirts from their parent’s alma mater, from friends and families favorite sports teams, from grandparents and aunts and uncles. Then there are the shirts from Disney characters, cartoon characters, trucks and cars and fairy princesses. And that is all in just the first year of a kid’s life! 

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What can you use in a T-shirt quilt?

How to Use Homemade T-shirts in a T-shirt Quilt

Should a homemade T-shirt be included in a T-shirt quilt? There are no right or wrong answers to that question. It’s your quilt and you get to decide what to put into it. Here are a number of things to take into consideration when making your decision.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Stop Arguing About "You Have Too Many T-shirts"

I am always tell my husband David, "you have too many T-shirts." He always looks at me and says, “No, I don’t.” And then we break into that “Yes, you do. No I don’t” argument. Then I said, “Okay, let's do an experiment.”

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How Much Do T-shirt Quilts Cost

You Need to Know Why Some T-shirt Quilt Are So Expensive

Some people look at our quilt prices and say, “Are you kidding me? That’s way too expensive.” Yes, our quilts are expensive. And yes, they are out of the price range of many people. But our quilts are not expensive because we want to charge a lot. They are expensive because they are complex, time consuming to make and use very high quality materials. 

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What can you use in a T-shirt quilt?

What Can I do with Karate Belts

Can you use karate belts in a T-shirt quilt? Yes!  Karate is a sport filled with advancements. The more you practice and grow, the further up the karate ladder you move. With each move comes a new belt that replaces your old belt – a very visual advancement system. 

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Memorial Quilts  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

How to do Something Meaningful With the Clothing of a Deceased Loved One

Have you considered having a memorial quilt or pillow made from the clothing of someone who had passed? With a memorial-clothing quilt, you can wrap up in their clothing and memory. If you are planning to have a quilt or two made from your deceased loved ones clothing, here are the steps of that planning process.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  T-shirt Quilt Details

What You Need to Know About Using Collars and Necklines in a T-shirt Quilt

We regularly use collars and necklines in our quilts. It’s one part of our quilts people positively react. We hear comments like, “Oh, it really is made from T-shirts” or “Wow, that is so much fun.”  We like to add collars and necklines into our quilts because they add a special touch to the quilt.

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

6 Styles of T-shirt Quilts

There are many different styles of T-shirt quilts. Each style can result in a different look and feel, and each style also comes with its own set of issues. Here is a look at the types of T-shirt quilts. You can click on each style or read from top to bottom.

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Materials Used In T-shirt Quilts  |  T-shirt Quilt Details  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

Everything You Need to Know About the Back of a T-shirt Quilt

There are a number of things you need to know about backing materials used for a T-shirt quilt. We have broken this article into four sections. Below, you can jump to any section. Or you can read from top to bottom.  

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Clothing Quilts  |  Memorial Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Planning a Quilt Made from Clothing

Clothing is part of who we are. You might not think about it every morning as you get dressed. Stand back and take a broader look at what you and those around you wear. Some clothes invoke strong associated memories. Other clothes are made from beautiful fabrics that are a joy to wear and touch. 

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Choose the Best T-shirts to Use in Your Quilt

Which T-shirts should you include in your quilt? This is important! Once a T-shirt is in your quilt, it’s not coming out! 

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

2 Wedding Gift Ideas That Will Be at the Top of the Gift Pile

Here are two wedding gift ideas to consider.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

Here It Is - The Stained Glass T-shirt Quilt

The Stained Glass T-shirt Quilt!  I am so excited to announce the creation of the Too Cool style stained glass T-shirt quilt. I think this is the coolest quilt I have made in years! The thin black fabric between blocks, mimics the “lead came” seen in stained glass. I love how it sets off the colorful blocks. From here on, we will call Lead Came simply “Leading.” The photos just don’t do the quilt justice. And there are additional photos below.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

How to Get Your T-shirt Quilt to Last a Lifetime

How long will your T-shirt quilt last? Forever, I hope. Okay, I know nothing lasts forever. So then, I hope your quilt lasts a number of generations. How long a T-shirt quilt lasts depends on a number of factors.

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts

5 Things You Need to Know to Plan T-shirt Quilts for Twins

Parents of twins graduating from high school have twice as many issues as parents with just one child.  Basically, everything needs to be done in twos. This includes two T-shirt quilts.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  The Best of

Border Ideas That Will Make your T-shirt Quilt Awesome

We have not always added borders to our T-shirt quilts. As a matter of fact, we only stared offering borders 6 years ago.

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How Much Do T-shirt Quilts Cost  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts  |  T-shirt Quilt Details

The Most Affordable T-shirt Quilts Have This in Common

If you are on a tight budget yet still want a T-shirt quilt, you have options. There will be tradeoffs, but if you know what those tradeoffs are going in, you will know where to set your expectations.

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The Best of  |  baby clothes

The Best Baby Clothes Quilts of 2018

Each year we make 30 to 40 baby clothes quilts.  Baby clothes quilts come in two varieties – simple and complex.  A complex baby clothes quilt is exactly what the name says; it’s complex. We use all of the adorable parts of your baby’s clothes. We’ve used complete onesies, footie pajamas, bibs, hats, dresses, overalls, shoes and much more! The result is a quilt that reflects the personality of each clothing item.

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts

When is the best time to have a Graduation T-shirt Quilt Made?

Everyone graduating from high school should have a quilt made from their T-shirts. Most high school graduates would agree with us. They also think they should have a quilt made from their T-shirts!

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Figure Out the Best Border Colors for Your T-shirt Quilt

A border can be added to a T-shirt quilt to either increase the size of the quilt and/or for aesthetic reasons.

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Harley-Davidson T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How Can a Quilt Made from All Black T-shirts Look Good?

A customer had contacted me because she was concerned that all her T-shirts were black. She felt that without adding colorful blocks or colorful sashing around each block that her quilt would be dark and not appealing. I assured her that a quilt made from all black T-shirts is awesome and much more colorful than she might expect. 

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Materials Used In T-shirt Quilts

Tech fabric: Love It or Hate It, You Can Use it in a Quilt

What is micro-tech/tech fabric/performance apparel fabric/wicking fabric? So many names for one type of fabric! In this article I refer to all these as tech fabric.

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Materials Used In T-shirt Quilts

Fun Ways to Use Your Socks in a Quilt

A T-shirt quilt tells a story. Sometimes that story takes more than just T-shirts to tell. The great thing about T-shirt quilts – they can encompass more than just their namesakes. You can use any washable fabric in your quilt. This includes socks.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

The 10 Most Common Mistakes You See in a T-shirt Quilt

Are you are looking to have a quilt made from your T-shirts? If you know what to look for in a T-shirt quilt, finding the right quilt maker will be easier. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes you will find in a T-shirt quilt. Some of these errors you can see in a photograph. Others you can see in person. The last two you will need to ask about.

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T-shirt Quilt Details

The 10 Most Important T-shirt Quilt Term You Need to Know

Are you in the process of learning about a T-shirt quilt made from your shirts? If so, here are some terms that will be used in your discussion about your quilt. Knowing these will let you understand and follow the conversation. If the term you want to know about is not listed below, here's a link to our glossary.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

The Tiny House Movement & Your T-shirts

If you have spent any time watching tiny house videos on YouTube, you will understand the Tiny House Movement. If not, the tiny house movement is about downsizing. It’s about limiting your impact on the environment. It’s also about finding affordable housing. Plus, so many other things.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

What Should I do After I Have Found a T-shirt Quilt Maker?

Every company or person who makes T-shirt quilts, does it in her own unique way. Each maker’s process can differ from another maker’s process. If you are not careful, you might run into some confusion while you are having your quilt made.

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Materials Used In T-shirt Quilts  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

What Can You Use in a T-shirt Quilt?

We can use just about anything! If you want something in a quilt, send it with your T-shirts and we will see if we can use it. If not, we will return the item with your quilt.

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T-shirt Quilt Details  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

Read This Before You Buy A T-shirt Quilt

There are a 1000's and 1000's of  T-shirt quilt makers. How do you find one that will make you an awesome quilt from your T-shirts? Begin by looking at a lot of photographs of T-shirt quilts. Compare the different quilts by looking at a few key details in the design of the quilt, the construction of the quilt top, the quilting and how the quilt is bound.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

How to Judge a Quilt’s Quality from a Photograph

Are looking at photos of T-shirt quilts on the Internet trying to figure out which company to send your T-shirts to? How can you tell from a photograph which quilts are awesome? How can you tell which ones to stay away from?

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Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts  |  T-shirt Pillows

T-shirt Pillows

Too Cool T-shirt Quilts does make pillows from T-shirts. But not just any old T-shirt pillows – we are making pillows that are too cool.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Materials Used In T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

How to Avoid Sabotaging to Your T-shirt Quilt

Are you in search of a T-shirt quilt maker? If so, you have seen a lot of people and companies making quilts or blankets.  It might even seem overwhelming at times with all the choices you have. Don't just guess on a quilt maker. Take a more purposeful approach to find someone who is a good fit for you.  

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to First Plan and Then Collect T-shirt for a Quilt

I love being out and about showing people my T-shirt quilts. I almostI always end up talking to people who don’t have any T-shirts. What? No T-shirts? Is that you? Ok, so you have no T-shirts but you love the idea of a T-shirt quilt.  No problem!!! You are at the perfect starting point for planning an awesome quilt. Here’s how to plan a T-shirt quilt from scratch - from T-shirt zero.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

What You Need to Know to Plan a Concert T-shirt Quilt

Your concert T-shirts are important. They represent the bands you love and the concerts you have enjoyed. And those T-shirts took time and money to collect. So, the quilt you have them made into should rock! If you are reading this, chances are good that you have concert T-shirts you are considering to have made into a T-shirt quilt.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Separate the fronts and backs of T-shirts in a quilt for the best results.

We are frequently asked to put fronts and backs of a T-shirt together in a quilt. Not for just one T-shirt, but for every single one.

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Q & A About T-shirt Quilts  |  T-shirt Quilt Details  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

Why are there blank blocks in my quilt?

Have you noticed T-shirt quilts with blank blocks? Have you wondered why some T-shirt quilts have blank blocks? In this article I will explain:

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Plan and Enjoy Your Mini (small) T-shirt Quilt

You want to plan your T-shirt quilt so it turns out awesome. That’s our aim too! As you are planning your quilt, you might figure out that you are short on T-shirts. For example, a deceased loved one’s T-shirt have to be split up among many people. The result is not enough T-shirts to make a quilt useable on a bed. But that’s not a problem!

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Athletic Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Most Effectually Use Jersey Numbers in a T-shirt Quilt

Every T-shirt quilt tells a story. An athlete who participated in team sports has a unique element to their story. You know, all those numbers on their jerseys! How many numbers should you include in the quilt?

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Harley-Davidson T-shirt Quilts

Should You Look for a Free T-shirt Quilt?

I understand why free is so attractive. Getting something for free makes you fell like a winner. But deep down inside, we all know that nothing is really free. There is always a trade off – whether you are aware of it or not.

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Memorial Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Memory Quilt Ideas

When someone you love dies, your world gets turned upside-down and inside-out. Then you have to pick up the pieces of your life and go on.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Q & A About T-shirt Quilts  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

Why Would a T-shirt Quilt Need to be Dry-Cleaned?

This question came to us when we were remaking a Campus Quilt T-shirt quilt. Our customer’s Mom had had the quilt made there. The customer wanted something better.  Read her story here. 

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

You Have One Chance to Have a T-shirt Quilt Made Right!

Once your T-shirts are in a quilt, you can’t change your mind. You can’t go back and have a different style quilt made. So, how do you ensure that you have the best T-shirt quilt made for your wants and needs?

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts  |  Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

T-shirt Quilts: 8 Key Decision You Need to Make

Are you are planning a T-shirt quilt?  You have 8 initial decisions to make about a T-shirt quilt. You need to know what you want!   You should make these decisions before you find a quilt maker.  Knowing what you want from your quilt will help you find a quilt maker that’s right for you. 

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Who Knows How to Make a Perfect T-shirt Quilt?

Here at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts, we aren't perfect.  Some people might not admit to being less than perfect, but not us. We know that we are not perfect.  We check and double-check everything so we can make you a “perfect” quilt. But alas, we are only human.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt

How to Mark Your T-shirts for a Quilt

Do you want an awesome T-shirt quilt? Ah, duh yeah! We want to make that awesome quilt for you!  Between your wishes and the final quilt there has to be communication.

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

Compare Campus Quilts with Too Cool T-shirt Quilts

Campus Quilts has been a player in the T-shirt quilt market for years. You see their ads in the back of many magazines.  So how do they stack up against Too Cool T-shirt Quilts? We have broken-down a T-shirt quilt purchase into 8 base components. This article will look at how both companies handle each component. Each of these will affect the look, feel and life of your T-shirt quilt.

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts

Will Dorm Life Lead to the Death of Your T-shirt Quilt?

Are you planning on giving your child a T-shirt quilt for high school graduation?  First, you go through the process of planning your child’s T-shirt quilt.  Then, collecting the T-shirts. Next, deciding who should make the quilt. Then having the quilt made. Then the joy of giving it to your child. And finally hanging the quilt at the open house. Baby, those are the easy parts of this!

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Comparing T-shirt Quilts

How to Search Google for an Awesome T-shirt Quilt

Are you searching for a custom T-shirt quilt?  Are you looking for a quilt that is uniquely yours? What customization are you seeking?

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Graduation T-shirt Quilts

7 Reasons to Have a T-shirt Pillow Made for Your Graduate

What is a T-shirt Pillow? Definition: A pillow made from T-shirts, sweatshirts and other clothing items. On the Internet, you can see many different quality levels of T-shirt pillows. These range from a T-shirt just slipped over a pillow form to a fully quilted, multi block pillow.

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T-shirt Quilt Details

Piping: It's a Little Line of Color with a Big Punch for a T-shirt Quilt

If you are looking for a way to make your T-shirt quilt standout, you might consider adding piping. Piping is an embellishment that is sewn into a seam to bring emphasis to or separate two elements of a quilt.

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Q & A About T-shirt Quilts

That awesome quilting on the back of your quilt... this is what we do

The quilting designs 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. Below is an explanation of the features of our quilting and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.  Here's a video showing long arm quilting of a T-shirt quilt.

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt

How to Pick Backing and Binding Colors for Your T-shirt Quilt

There are 1000's of color combination you could choose for your T-shirt Quilt. How do you pick the best one for your quilt? Here's a place to start.

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Harley-Davidson T-shirt Quilts