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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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Topics: T-shirt Quilts

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

What To Do With Old Karate Belts

Posted by Andrea Funk on August 1, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

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.

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Topics: What Can Be Used In a T-shirt Quilt

A Fabulous T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on July 25, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

After all, they are your T-shirts.

You will probably like any T-shirt quilt that has been made with your T-shirts, simply because they are your T-shirts.  Although why you like the quilt may have more to do with your love of your T-shirts rather than the actual quilt.  

So, how do you know if you have a stunningly awesome T-shirt quilt?

Ask a stranger what they think of your quilt. If he is totally wowed by it then you will know.  If he says something like: 

"Dude, if you don't want your quilt, I'll take it!"

Then you know that you have a awesome T-shirt quilt.  It will be an awesome despite the T-shirts in the quilt.  

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Topics: Too Cool T-shirt Quilts, T-shirt Quilts

T-shirt Quilts - What Can Go Wrong

Posted by Andrea Funk on July 18, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

I have heard some awful horror stories about people’s experiences with other T-shirt quilt makers. Here are a few of those stories and how to avoid them. 

2 Years Later – Still No Quilt

The Story – John was asking around looking for someone to make him a T-shirt quilt. His neighbor was a quilter and she said that she would be glad to make the quilt for him. And then he waited and waited. Finally, after 2 years he asked for his T-shirts back. At that point they were not T-shirts nor were they a quilt. They were a mess!

Industry standard – it should only take 3 to 8 weeks for your T-shirt quilt to be made. If it is anything longer than that, your quilter should let you know what the hold up is.

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Topics: About T-shirt Quilts

A T-shirt Quilt - A Perfect Wedding Gift

Posted by Andrea Funk on July 11, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

Why is a T-shirt quilt a perfect wedding gift?

If you are looking for a wedding gift that perfectly symbolizes the union of a bride and groom, you can’t get much better than a joint T-shirt quilt. Half the T-shirts come from the bride and half from the groom. So the quilt would have T-shirts telling the story of each of their lives before they met one another as well as T-shirts telling the story of their courtship. 

Possible giver:

A T-shirt quilt could be given as a gift for the newly engaged couple before their wedding or as a wedding gift. Possible giver:

  • Maid of Honor or a Best Man
  • Siblings of the bride or groom
  • Parents of the bride or groom

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Topics: Types of T-shirt Quilts, T-shirt Quilts, Using T-shirt Quilts

A Different Baby Shower Gift - a T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on July 4, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

I am sure you will agree that finding a baby shower gift that will standout and stand the test of time can be a challenge.  But I promise that there is a gift that will meet these requirements.  

That gift is a T-shirt Quilt made for a baby. 

A T-shirt quilt makes an awesome shower gift or a gift from a Grandmother. One person or group can collect the T-shirts for this quilt. 

Read more about hosting a T-shirt Party.

A T-shirt quilt is a soft huggable quilt that is meant to be used and will be treasured as that new baby grows up. The best thing about T-shirt quilts is that you can wash them over and over and they just keep getting softer.

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Topics: Types of T-shirt Quilts

Too Many Old Travel T-Shirts? Make a Quilt!

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

By Clark Norton

Collecting T-shirts from my travels.

Over the years, I’ve picked up dozens — well, probably hundreds — of souvenir T-shirts from my travels.

I almost always buy at least one, and often more, from each trip. Some haven’t even fit me very well, but I liked the look of them, so I bought them. Others I’ve worn so many times that they’re practically threadbare.

But no matter how well worn or ill-fitting, I had a hard time throwing them away. Well, truth be told, I never threw any of them away .

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Topics: Collecting T-shirts for a Quilt

How to Speak T-shirt Quilts

Posted by Andrea Funk on June 27, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

I am sure you will agree that you can be at a disadvantage when talking with a quilt maker if you don't know the lingo of the quilting world. But I promise that learning the basic language of T-shirt quilt making won't be difficult. And by knowing the language, it will be easier for you to communicate your wished to your quilt maker. 

To help you get started, here is a list of the most important definitions.

1. Graphic
This is the design, logo or image on your T-shirt.

2. Block
A block refers to the graphic after it has been cut out of the T-shirt. A quilt is made up of blocks. A T-shirt can yield one or more blocks depending on the number of graphics on a shirt.

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Topics: About T-shirt Quilts

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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