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Betty Baker

Betty has been quilting for years. In 2006 started doing T-Shirt Quilts professionally. Loves T-shirts, all things quilting, and your stories about your t-shirts.

Recent Posts

Choosing Backing Fabric For a T-Shirt Quilt or Memory Quilt


Backing Fabric for A T-Shirt Quilt

You have been collecting tshirts for as long as you can remember.  You have them from the hospital where you were born, grade school and high school.  The sports teams or clubs you were in during high school.  You get to college and you have concert and sorority shirts.   What do you do?

The obvious answer is  t-shirt quilt.  There are lots of t-shirt quilt makers out there, but with the hundreds of results how to you select the quilt maker that won't deliver a complete mess of your tshirts.  How do you select a t-shirt quilt maker?  

Backing Material

The backing material is the fabric that is seen on the bottom side of a quilt.  At T-Shirt Quilts of Texas we have over 700 bolts of fabric in stock to select that perfect fabric for your quilt.  We don't use solid color fabrics as they have a horrible tendency to show lint,  pet hair and just everyday use.    We use fabrics commonly referred to as 'tone-on-tone'.   These are fabrics that add a visual  'texture'  and 'depth' to a quilt without adding the more cluttered look of a multi-color print or the FLAT color of a solid fabric.  The professional quilting shows up beautifully on both the front and the back of the quilt.

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Quilts For Camp Hope


  On this Independence Day, I would like to feature two special organizations in the Houston area, "Camp Hope" and "Quilts for Camp Hope".   

 Camp Hope in Houston, is a facility belonging to the PTSD Foundation of America. Opened in May 2012, Camp Hope helps veterans with multiple obstacles like job placement, transportation and peer support groups integration as they work to get more out of their lives.  It currently houses veterans and their families from all over the United States expense free.

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Top 5 Reasons to Have Us Finish Your T-Shirt Quilt


A Finished Quilt is A Good Thing

We are more than happy to create a custom T-Shirt or Memory quilt for you, but for any number of reasons you need some help getting yours completed.

We might ask you to tell us the story behind the quilt, but we won't judge. Some quilts just need a border or squaring up to get the edges straight.  It is amazing how some professional machine quilting will turn a crumpled mess into a beautiful keepsake you will treasure for many many years. 

Reasons to Have Us Finish Your Quilt

  • You already cut the tshirts  (see Oops, I Already Cut My T-Shirts)
  • You have completed the top, but don't know what to do next 
  • You put the blocks together, but something does not look right
  • Your 'friend' asked you to make this quilt because you have a sewing machine
  • You have a deadline (i.e. graduation, birthday or other holiday)
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T-Shirt/Memory Quilts Come In MANY Styles


We are the melting pot of the world.  There are all sorts of people, and all sorts of tastes.   That is great as we have all sorts of Memory and T-Shirt Quilt styles.   Lets look at SOME of our best selling quilt styles. Bet one of them will be your favorite!

Traditional Quilt Style

This is THE premier top of the line quilt on the web.  This one is features our signature style of sashings, cornerstones and TWO borders.  No one else offers that as the 'standard'.  Optional features include a 3rd Accent Border and flannel backing upgrade.  

This quilt is made up entirely of Oklahoma State University tshirts.  Collegiate fabrics highlight the outer border. 

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10 Biggest Mistakes In Creating A T-Shirt Quilt


T-Shirt quilts are a work of art.   They are the scrapbook you can sleep under. You have a drawer full or a box of treasured tee shirts that you have been collecting over the years.  Maybe they are school, sports or vacation shirts.   You've heard about t-shirt quilts but don't have any idea about how to get one made. 

There are SO many t-shirt quilt/blanket makers out there.  (More on difference between a quilt and a blanket) There are good t-shirt quilts and the not-so-good results.     Here are 10 of the most common mistakes made by the non-professionals, and even some professionals.   

Be sure to ask your quilt-maker lots of questions and ask to view examples  of their work.  

 

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What Size T-Shirt Quilt Do I Want?

I Have Too Many T-Shirts

 
You have a HUGE pile of T-Shirts. How many souvenir t-shirts from vacation travels do you have? Were you in sports, band and every group at high school? Oh, maybe you were in a sorority or fraternity in college. If you were like my daughters, they acquired a new t-shirt every time their sorority had an event, which was most every week! These days, a t-shirt is created for every ev ent, and it is not unu sual to have a large collection of t-shirts.  
 

How Many T-Shirts Do I Need?

The hardest decision in getting a t-shirt quilt made is deciding how large to make it. In other words, how many t-shirts do I need? If you have a huge collection of tee shirts, you might think that you need a king sized quilt. Just because you have a lot t-shirts, you might want a huge quilt. Determine what the best use for your quilt will be; something to relax under on the couch, or as an actual bed quilt. If making Memory quilts, we suggest that you make the Generous Throw sized quilt.

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Thinking about having a T-Shirt quilt made? 

Download our Free Buying Guide

Before you have a T-Shirt quilt made, be sure to read our T-Shirt Quilt Buyers Guide so that you have the information you need to make an informed choice about what type of T-Shirt quilt you want to have made.

T-Shirt Buyers Guide