Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on December 22nd, 2016

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Planning a T-shirt Quilt - Your First Steps

Planning a T-shirt Quilt

There are so many different ways to make T-shirt quilts.  There are different ways to cut the blocks, different ways to layout the quilt top, different batting choices, different quilting styles, and different binding styles. How do you figure out which style is for you?

Here are 5 steps you can take to help determine what you want your T-shirt quilt to look like:

1. Look at Many Different T-shirt Quilt PhotosAnniversary T-shirt Quilt

First, spend time looking at photographs of T-shirt quilts on the Internet. There are thousands upon thousands of photographs to look at. When you see a quilt you like, ask yourself what you like about it. Do you like the colors, the layout or something else? Then, look at other photographs that are similar to the one you like.  Try to figure out what it is about the style of quilt you like. 

As you find photographs of quilts you like, click through to the websites they are on. Either save these websites in a favorite’s folder or jot down the web address. If you keep landing on the same site, this might be telling you that this is a company you should investigate further.

2.  Know the Different Components of a T-shirt Quilt

There are many different components that make up a T-shirt quilt. The more of these you know, the more likely you will find a quilt maker who will make you the quilt you want.  Some of the main components are:

To learn more about having a quilt made from your T-shirts, download our T-shirt Quilt Buyer’s Guide. 
It’s a great place to begin learning more about having a T-shirt quilt made.

T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide

3.  Set a Budget

Set a budget and then double it. A good rule of thumb is to put aside about $20 to $40 for every T-shirt you plan to put in a quilt. The larger your budget, the better quality of quilt you can have made. If your budget is very small but your T-shirts are very important, right now might not be the right time for you to have a quilt made. A well-made, high quality and interesting T-shirt quilt generally is not free. You will get what you pay for.

4. Look at the Designs on Your T-shirtsCutting baby clothes for a T-shirt Quilt

Spend some time looking at the designs on your T-shirts. Are they all the same size or are some large while others are small? If all the graphics on your T-shirts are the same size, then a quilt made with a one-size block might be right for you. However, this is rare. Most groupings of T-shirts will have a combination of very large and very small blocks. Some blocks will be square and others rectangular. If this is what your T-shirts look like, then you need to look for a T-shirt quilt maker who uses many different box sizes and shapes.

5. Ask Around

Grandparent's T-shirt Quilt great giftAfter you know what you are looking for in a T-shirt quilt, ask friends, family and acquaintances about who made their quilt. Ask to see their quilt. If their quilt does not look anything like what you want, don’t use their quilter. If her quilt is exactly what you want, then ask about her experience. 

If everything sounds good, go to the quilter’s website and look at their photograph, the feedback, the pricing, the timing and the ordering process. If you are good with everything you see, this may be your quilter. If not, keep on looking.

Looking for more information about T-shirt quilt?
Our resource page has links to articles about every aspect of T-shirt quilts you could imagine. 

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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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