Quilts Made With Your T-shirts

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Virginia Tech T-shirt Quilt

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

I have never been to Blacksburg, Virginia. I have never visited Virginia Tech.

But Virginia Tech fans have found Too Cool T-shirt Quilts! Over the past couple years we have made over 10 orange and maroon VT T-shirt quilts! Throughout this article and at the bottom you will find photographs of some of the VT T-shirt quilts we have made.

And every time we worked on a VT quilt, we would invariably ask: “What’s a Hokie?” 

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Topics: Photographs of T-shirt Quilts

How to Find a Great T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on May 23, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

I think you will agree with me:

Finding the right T-shirt quilt maker for your can be difficult. There are so many choices!

Well, it turns out, you can have a much better quilt made if you know what you want. To make it easier for you to find the right quilt maker, ask yourself these 6 questions.  

Once you can answer these questions,  eliminating quilters that don’t meet your requirements will be much easier.  I have also given you the information you need to answering these questions. 

1. How many T-shirts do you have?

Knowing how many T-shirts you have is important for a number of reasons.

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Topics: Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

What to Expect After Having a T-shirt Quilt Made

Posted by Andrea Funk on May 16, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

We have three other kids… expect more T-shirt quilts from us.

Since 1992 I have learned so much about making T-shirt quilts. Not all that learning has been technical. I have learned about the psychology, sociology, economy and ecology of T-shirts.  One curious thing is what happens in a family after one child receives a T-shirt quilt for high school graduation.  

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

Altering an Existing T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on May 9, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

This article was updated May 2016. 

Can we can alter an already complete T-shirt Quilt? It depends on what you would like done to the quilt. Below are some questions we have had asked about modifying an existing T-shirt quilts. Our answers are based on what we are able to do.  If you have a question that is not answered below, let us know and we will be happy to answer it for you. 

Question: Can I add onto an already completed Too Cool T-shirt quilt?

Answer: Probably not. Here are some issues we face if we were to physically add onto a quilt:

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Topics: About T-shirt Quilts

Purchasing T-shirts with a Quilt in Mind

Posted by Andrea Funk on May 2, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

When you purchase a T-shirt keep in mind that that T-shirt will eventually go into a quilt. So pick a great T-shirt. But what makes a T-shirt great for a T-shirt quilt? Here are 7 things to consider when choosing a T-shirt with your eye on a T-shirt quilt.

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Topics: Collecting T-shirts for a Quilt

Exceptional T-shirt Quilts Look Like This

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

There are a ton of different T-shirt quilt makers out there. How do you find one that will make you an awesome quilt from your T-shirts? Start by looking at a lot of photographs of T-shirt quilts. Compare the different quilts by looking at a few key details in the design of the quilt, the construction of the quilt top, the quilting and how the quilt is bound.

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Topics: Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

Upcycle Clothing Into a Quilt

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

What can you do with old clothing?

Most people will throw them out, give them away, use them as rags, or just let them sit and take up space. But upcycling clothing into a quilt is something that many people don’t even consider.

What can you put in a clothing quilt?

  • Items you love and don’t want to give away.
  • Shirts or pants that have great memories associated with them.
  • Pieces whose color and texture you love.
  • Clothing from an different stage of your life that you no longer have any opportunity to wear.
  • Clothes that are way out of style.

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

How to Get the Best T-shirt Quilt

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

If you have too many T-shirts and are looking to have someone make you a T-shirt quilt, here is what you need to do so you don't unintentionally sabotage your quilt. To get the quilt you have dreamed about, here is a to do list. 

 

1. Do your research!

All T-shirt quilts are not created equal. Knowing what you want in your T-shirt quilt is very important. There are many different styles of quilts and many different levels of quality of T-shirt quilts. Research the different style and qualities – don’t just give your T-shirts to someone without knowing what type of quilt you will get back. Here is a T-shirt quilt buyer’s guide that can be a place to start your exploration.

2. Don't choose a quilt maker based on cost.

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Topics: About T-shirt Quilts

Asking a Friend to Make You a T-shirt Quilt - Should You?

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

What's the etiquette of asking a friend to make a T-shirt quilt?

So your friend shows up with a T-shirt Quilt she made and happily shows it off.  You have a box of T-shirts at home that you, too, would like made into a T-shirt quilt. Should you ask your friend to make your quilt?

Before you ask your friend to make your quilt, ask yourself these questions:

Do you care what style T-shirt quilt you have made?        

Do you know that there are a number of styles of T-shirt quilts? Click here learn more about the different style of T-shirt quilts. Once you understand what choices you have, then you need to be sure that your friend knows how to make a quilt in this style and knows how to do it well. If your friend has never made a quilt in the style you are looking to have made, you may consider choosing a different quilter. 

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Topics: Finding a T-shirt Quilt Maker

How to Describe Color to Your Quilt Maker

Posted by Andrea Funk on March 28, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

Describing color can be difficult.

When I was in college, my design professor asked each of us in class to search through the same magazine each of us had purchased and pick out the color red. We all looked through the magazine, tore out a swatch of red and pinned it to the corkboard. There were 30 students in the class and 30 different samples of what we perceived as red. This was a great experience! We learned about how people perceive color. Red to me is not red to you. This lesson has stuck with me.

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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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