Photo Quilt: Definition – a quilt that uses photographs transferred on to fabric as the focal point of quilt top. Although the definition of a photo quilt states that the photos should be the focal point, photographs can be used in T-shirt quilts in a supporting role. We have been using photo in our T-shirt quilts for years. We can make a true photo quilt or use photos as part of a broader story told in T-shirts.
Despite the word T-shirt being in our name, we make quilts from all types of clothing and textiles. Each type is unique and fun. We have compiled a number of different types of quilts we can make here. If you don't see what you are looking for, let us know! We would love any challenge.
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.
What Do I Do With All These Old Hockey jerseys? Most Hockey players have to purchase two jerseys: a white one for home games and a colored one for away games. Season after season, these jerseys accumulate and take on a life of their own. Put those jerseys to work in a T-shirt quilt!
In 1992 I made my first T-shirt quilt for my sister who is runner. Since that first quilt, I have discovered that you can use much more than just T-shirts in a quilt. Here are a number of other items that can be used in your quilt. As long as it’s machine washable, we can use it. Here are some items you can consider: Microtech Fabric or Tech Fabrics Tech fabrics are perfect for wicking sweat away from your body while you excercise. They are very soft and feels nice to touch. Tech fabric is challenging to work with because it is lightweight and stretches more than traditional T-shirt material. To be able to sew a block of Tech material into a quilt without distorting or misshaping the block takes a very accomplished seamstress.
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. So as you advance, your belt collection increases. The question then becomes, what do I do with all my old belts? As a T-shirt quilt maker, my answer is to include them in your quilts. You can also include your Marshall Arts uniforms. We have been using karate belts in quilts for years. Here is a look at some of the ways we have included them in the T-shirt quilts we have made.
This story was update January 2015. Yes you can, and should! Ripps and other lived-in imperfections that are in our clothing are part of your story. Here's my story about rips. I married a bicyclist. My husband David is a bicycler and loves all things bicycling. He races, he tours and he collects bikes. It took some learning to become a bicyclist myself. I have grown to like biking, as long as I don’t have to steer. As long as I am on the back of a tandem, I can deal with it. I am not always happy while biking, but I do enjoy the athletic high I get after I get off the bike. What I don’t like is crashing. Crashed scares me. They say that there are two types of bikers – those who have crashed and those who will crash. Not very good odds!