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10 Common Misconceptions About T-shirt Quilts

Posted by Andrea Funk on September 26, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

There are a lot of misconceptions about T-shirt quilts – from how they look to how they are made. Below is a look at 10 prevalent misconceptions. We will break each of them down for you and debunk them one at a time. When available, we also have included links to more information about each misconception.

1. There is only one style of T-shirt quilt.

False! There are many different styles of T-shirt quilts: puzzle style, traditional style, traditional style with sashing, crazy quilt style and more. Before you choose a quilt maker, first decided what style of quilt you want and what style would work best for your T-shirts. Read more about the different styles of T-shirt quilts here.

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Photos of Harley-Davidson T-shirt Quilts

Posted by Andrea Funk on September 22, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

These Harley Davidson T-shirt quilts were made for a guy named Ed. He told us that he had even more Harley T-shirts than we were actually going to use in his quilts. These were just his favorites.

If you are an avid Harley rider then you probably understand this guy’s love of Harley-Davidson T-shirts. Ed told us that he and his wife would take vacations on his Harley all over the country. Some of stops they made were made at various Harley-Davidson dealers along the way. And if they found an awesome T-shirt at the shop, they left with it. So these quilts in many ways are travel quilts!

Ed had way too many favorites for just one quilt, so he and I started by dividing the T-shirts up into three groupings.

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Topics: Photographs of T-shirt Quilts

Planning: Using One T-shirt in Two Quilts

Posted by Andrea Funk on September 19, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

Life is complex and at times messy. But sharing a T-shirt between two quilts does not have to be complex or messy.

If you are having more than one quilt made and needed to split a T-shirt or clothing item between two or more quilts, below are some strategies that work well.

Two strategies for dividing up one T-shirt between two T-shirt quilts. 

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Topics: Preparing T-shirts for a Quilt, Memorial Quilts

Fire Department T-shirt Quilts

Posted by Andrea Funk on September 15, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

From the Photo Archives: Fire Department T-shirt Quilts

In the fall of 2015 we made 3 Fire Department related T-shirt quilts. Now you may be wondering how one person got enough Fire Department T-shirts for three quilts. We wondered about this as well. It turns out these quilts were for a man who teaches at an academy for firefighters here in Michigan. Two of the quilts were gifts for instructors who were retiring. The third was for him.

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Topics: T-shirt Quilt Stories

What Tool Do You Need to Make a T-shirt Quilt?

Posted by Andrea Funk on September 12, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

Making a T-shirt quilt may sound easy. You cut the T-shirts and sew them together. So you just need a pair of scissors and a sewing machine. But the reality is that it takes more tools than that!

Here are some of the tools that we use to create our awesome quilts.


Quilters typically use two sizes of scissors. A small pair is used to cut and trim threads and other small items. A large pair of “dressmaker” scissors is used for applications that require a large cutting surface such as cutting through a number of layers of fabric.

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Topics: T-shirt Quilts

T-Shirt Quilt Style - Order or Chaos?

Posted by Milie Funk on September 5, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

It has recently come to our attention that someone has been calling our puzzle style T-shirt quilt  “Chaos T-shirt Quilt”.

This really rankles our feathers here at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Why does this bother us so much? Because it is untrue! There is absolutely nothing ‘chaotic’ about the layout of a Too Cool T-shirt quilt; it is all math and precision. Laying out a puzzle style T-shirt quilt takes more math skills and creativity than any traditional style T-shirt quilt.

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T-shirt Quilts for Runners - It's Not Just T-shirts

Posted by Andrea Funk on August 29, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

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. 

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Topics: Types of T-shirt Quilts, Collecting T-shirts for a Quilt, What Can Be Used In a T-shirt Quilt

Undeniable Proof That You Need a T-shirt quilt

Posted by Milie Funk on August 22, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

There are certain people who just need a T-shirt quilt.

Are you one of them?

We have compiled a number of instances of our customer’s stories about needing a T-shirt quilt. While you read this article, if you find yourself saying, “oh that’s me!” you might just be one of those people who need a T-shirt quilt.

You need a quilt if you have hundreds of running T-shirts from years and years of races.

Recently, a man called us at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts saying he has over 1,000 (yes that’s one thousand) T-shirts packed away in boxes. His wife had been understanding of his obsession for years. But as they were beginning to downsize their lives, her understanding was beginning to wane. So we made a quilt for him.

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T-shirts From Annual Events: When to Have a Quilt Made

Posted by Andrea Funk on August 15, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

When do you have a T-shirt quilt made from an annual event’s T-shirts? This is a tricky question.

Here are a couple of situations that illustrate this issue…

  • You have been participating in an event since it’s inception. For example, each year the CRIM 10 Mile run in Flint, Michigan recognizes the participants who have run the race each year since it began. Of course through attrition, each year there are fewer people who have run each and every race. So when do you have a quilt made from all the race shirts?

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Topics: T-shirt Quilts

Choosing Which T-shirts to Use in Your Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on August 8, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

I am sure that you will agree; the number of T-shirts one can accumulate over a lifetime can be staggering! 

And for a T-shirt nut like me, it can be even more staggering. I am amazed at how many T-shirts I can bring home in just one weekend. The record for me is five.  

Rather than donate or other wise get rid of your T-shirts, you have decided to have a T-shirt quilt made. But in your planning you have discovered that you have too many for the size quilt you want. But don’t despair because you have options.

So how do you decide which T-shirt to put in and not put in your quilt? Here are 12 ways to consider which T-shirts or part of a T-shirt to include.

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Topics: Preparing T-shirts for a Quilt

Andrea_Funk_Head_shotWritten by Andrea T. Funk

Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes, no sashing and no iron on backing. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts and her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since. 

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