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Coach Appreciation Gift – A T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on February 8, 2016 6:30:00 AM EST

This post was updated February 2015.

Do you need a unique gift for your athletic coach? Consider having a T-shirt quilt made from your sports T-shirts, sweatshirts, uniforms, towels and other team paraphernalia. Read more about why this is a great gift and how to go about having one made for your coach.


Coaches are very important to an athlete’s success, but often they are in the background and don’t receive the accolades that a team receives.  A T-shirt quilt is a great way to say thanks to a coach that has been instrumental to you or your child’s athletic success. This is a gift that will stay with that coach for a lifetime.

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Topics: Preparing T-shirts for a Quilt

What Makes a T-shirt Quilt Awesome?  The Top 4 T-shirt Quilts of 2015

Posted by Andrea Funk on February 1, 2016 6:30:00 AM EST

What makes a T-shirt quilt awesome?

There are a number of qualities that make a T-shirt quilt awesome. Some, you can describe. Some result from getting all the little things right. And there are other qualities that come from great technique and design coupled with the perfect combination of T-shirts.

Below are the top 4 T-shirts quilts made in 2015 with a description of what made each stand out among thousands of other T-shirt quilts made this past year.

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Topics: graduation quilts

A T-shirt Quilt or Blanket? Take This Quiz to See Which Is Best for You.

Posted by Andrea Funk on January 25, 2016 6:30:00 AM EST


On the left is a T-shirt Blanket, one the right a T-shirt quilt.  Click here to read more about the differences between a blanket and a quilt.

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Topics: Just for Fun

Tell Us: What’s Important In a T-shirt Quilt?

Posted by Andrea Funk on January 18, 2016 6:30:00 AM EST

We are lucky to live in a world where it’s okay to have different views. If everyone liked the same things I like, it would be a much less interesting world.

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Topics: About T-shirt Quilts

How to Add Color to a T-shirt Quilt Made With Just Black T-shirts

Posted by Andrea Funk on January 14, 2016 6:30:00 AM EST

"I Don’t Want an All Black T-shirt Quilt" 

Normally if all the T-shirts going into a quilt are black, we would make an all black quilt. These quilts look great because you stop seeing the background and only see the text and graphics of the T-shirts. It’s comparable to reading text on a white piece of paper. The background, in this case the white of the paper, visually goes away and you only see and read the text.

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Topics: About T-shirt Quilts

How to Prepare your T-shirts for a Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on January 11, 2016 6:30:00 AM EST

Marking your T-shirts so your quilter know what you want and don’t want used can make the difference between having what you want in your quilt and having something you didn't want in your quilt.  

The directions below are how Too Cool T-shirt Quilts suggest you mark your T-shirts.

Every T-shirt quilt maker has a unique way of making a T-shirt quilt, how one campany wants you to mark your T-shirts can  differ from our process so much that you might run into some confusion while you are having your quilt made.  So if you are planning on using another T-shirt quilt maker, check out that companies website for their directions.  Read more about what to expect when you are having a T-shirt Quilt made here. 

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Topics: About T-shirt Quilts

Race Bib Numbers Can Be Used In a T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on January 7, 2016 8:17:20 AM EST

If you have ever Googled “What to do with race bib numbers”, I am sure you have seen all sorts of fun, stupid and silly uses of them. From wrapping gifts to papering your walls, the ideas are out there.

But here is a new use for your race bib numbers – make a quilt or pillow with them. That’s right, with the actual Tyvec race number. Tyvec washes well and only gets softer with every wash cycle. Other quilt companies will use your numbers, but they will scan and print them on fabric. Why bother? Just use the actual race number!

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Topics: Types of T-shirt Quilts

The Best T-shirt Quilts of 2015

Posted by Andrea Funk on January 7, 2016 6:30:00 AM EST

Here are some of our favorite T-shirt quilt from 2015 and why we like them. They are in no particular order. 

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Topics: Photographs of T-shirt Quilts

Can I Use a Ripped T-shirt in a T-shirt Quilt?

Posted by Andrea Funk on January 7, 2016 6:30:00 AM EST

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!

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Topics: Just for Fun, What Can Be Used In a T-shirt Quilt

Answers to Your Questions About T-shirt Quilts

Posted by Andrea Funk on January 4, 2016 6:30:00 AM EST

Since I began making T-shirts quilts in 1992,  I have heard and answered hundred's of questions. Here are some of the most asked questions and their answer.  

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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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