Get the Best T-shirt Quilt With These 3 Helpful Tips
Don’t Choose the Cheapest T-shirt Quilt Maker
Know What You Want Your Quilt to Look and Feel Like
Find the Right Quilt Maker for You and Your T-shirts
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? Here are three rules of thumb about having a T-shirt quilt made.
1. Don’t Choose the Cheapest T-shirt Quilt Maker
There are many reasons not to choose the lowest price quilt maker. Here are a number of reason to avoid the lowest cost makers.
The Amount of Time They Spend Making Your Quilt
The lower the cost of a quilt, the less time the quilter will put into your quilt. Low cost quilt makers have a slight profit margin. Such operations lose money if they take time to make your quilt perfect. For example, say a seam should be taken out and fixed. A low-cost quilter may not fix it. It would take too much time.
Low cost quilt makers will only put the minimum time into your quilt. Nothing extra.
Inexpensive quilts use lower quality of materials. A quilter won't use materials that cost more than they charge for the quilt. There are quilters who charge less for a T-shirt quilt than we have in the cost of materials.
What do low quality materials mean to you? First, they wear poorly. This will shorten the longevity of your quilt. Second, low quality materials also feel bad. A T-shirt quilt is meant to be used and touched. If a quilt feels bad to touch, you won’t want to use it. Finally, inexpensive material will not make your quilt an heirloom.
Low price T-shirt quilt companies can charge less because they make traditional style quilts. A traditional style T-shirt quilt uses one block size. These blocks are laid out in rows and columns. This is an exceedingly quick way to make a quilt. And when time = money, speed counts!
What does this mean for you? First, some of the graphics on your T-shirts aren't going to fit in their set block size. Some will be too large and get cropped off. Others will be too small and have too much margin around the design. How will you feel if a graphic on your favorite T-shirts gets cropped off? It might be heart breaking!
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Your Quilt Maker's Experience
Experienced quilters charge more because they know the value of their work. They are confident about their skills and work. They know what to do when something goes wrong.
When you look for the cheapest quilt maker, you may run into an inexperienced quilt maker. They don’t know how to handle tricky situations that develop. Their solutions to problems may look bad and be inadequate.
The less someone is willing to charge for their work, the less value they put into their work. So, if someone only charges $200 for a quilt, they don’t think that their work is worth more. If they don’t think their work is that good, then neither should you!
Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes. The modern method of making T-shirt quilts. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since.