Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on October 20th, 2016

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How to Plan a Hard Rock Café T-shirt Quilt

Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt quiltSince 1992, I have made over 35 Hard Rock Café T-shirt quilts. They are fun to make. When I sat down to write this article about planning a Hard Rock Café T-shirt quilt, I thought about how many different Hard Rock Café there are. According to Wikipedia, “As of December 2015, there were 191 Hard Rock locations in 59 countries, including 157 cafes, 22 hotels, and 11 casinos.”

Then I pause to think about how many I have visited. Uh, just one. Although I think this says more about my rural existence rather than restaurants themselves.

The customers who I have made the quilts for had visited more Hark Rock Cafés than I could even imagine. And a lot of these customers have Hard Rock Café T-shirts from around the world. When we make their quilts, it’s like a world travelogue. Prague, Paris, Budapest, Rome, Moscow, London and Detroit.

Do you have to be a world traveler to collect Hard Rock Café T-shirts?

Martin_-_Hardrock_et_al.jpgThat depends on you! Are you a purest? Or are you a Hard Rock Café enthusiast?

  • Collected from Visited Restaurants Only
    There are some people who will only use T-shirts from locations that they or someone they knew have visited. Many of these people have spent years collecting their T-shirts. And the quilt is as much a travel quilt as it is a Hard Rock Café quilt.
  • Collected ‘Em Any Way
    Other people we have made a Hard Rock Café T-shirt quilt for have just collected the T-shirts from where ever they could find them. Garage sales, thrift stores or on EBay – they just love Hard Rock and wanted a quilt made.


Collecting T-shirts by Design

You have two options when collecting hard rock café T-shirts.

  • Hard Rock Cafe logo over and overThe first is to collect the basic design with the cities name below the logo. The advantage to this is that you don’t have to think about which T-shirt you choose. Just perhaps the color.

    The disadvantage is that if you have a quilt made from these t-shirts, it will be very boring.

  • The second option is to choose a different style of T-shirt from every location you visit. The different styles are based on the city the restaurant is in. So for example, if you are in Nashville, the design may have a guitar on it that represents the cities country music heritage.

    Your T-shirt quilt will be much more interesting and reflective of your travels if you choose the different designs unique to the city you’re in. 

Other Collecting Considerations

  • White_HardRock_with_Border.jpgColor
    There are so many color options to consider. Here are just 5 to consider…
    1. The easiest is a one-color scheme. So for example, collect all white shirts or all black shirts. This sometimes will not work as well with other colors. There are many different shades of reds and greens and blues. The colors may be off of one another just enough that a solid colored quilt would look blotchy. Read more about all white quilts here.

    2. Another option is to choose three or four colors and collect T-shirts only in those four colors. So for example, you could collect blue, green and brown shirts. It wouldn’t matter if the blues were all different. But your quilt would only have T-shirts in the blue, the brown or the green families. 

    3. Collect from one color family. For example, collect any T-shirt in the blue family. 

    4. Collect earth tones – such as browns, oranges, greens and tans. Or collect jewel tones – such as purples, dark royal blues, fuchsia and teals.

    5. Collect all colored T-shirt and skip any that are black, white, tan or gray.
  • white_hard_rock.jpgDesign size 
    For a puzzle style T-shirt quilt, you want a variety of sizes – from very little to very large. The variety will make for a more interesting quilt that is puzzles together. If you want a traditional style quilt where all the blocks are the same size, you would want to collect T-shirts with graphics that are all one size. Read more about different style T-shirt quilts here.

  • Fronts & Backs
    If you are collecting T-shirts with a quilt in mind, I would suggest trying to get the most bang for your buck. This means, getting the T-shirt will the most square inches of designs that you can. So if you can, get shirts with a design on the front and the back.

Whether your find your Hard Rock Café T-shirts on the Internet or in Istanbul, the quilt that can be made from them will be worth the time and effort it took to collect them.

To learn more about having a T-shirt quilt made from your T-shirts, consider downloading our T-shirt Quilt Buyers Guide.
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About Andrea Funk

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. 


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