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Masks for Personal Protection – Free Patterns – Almost Free Masks

As you may have heard, the federal government has now recommended wearing masks in public to fight the COVID-19 epidemic.  We at T-Shirt Quilts of Texas and Shadywood Quilts agree!  We feel that masks are the key to ending this crises and getting our country back to work. 

And we want to keep our wonderful customers safe!

Obviously, people who are not sick must not reduce the supply of medical grade masks to our heroes on the front lines.  It’s going to be up to those of us who can, to make these masks ourselves.

Attached is our design for a simple pleated surgical mask that anyone with access to a sewing machine should be able to make.  Feel free to share it with anyone. 

If you are not able to make your own, we will try to make as many as we can, but keep in mind that there are just the four of us, so please don’t ask for any more than you really need.  If every customer for the past 10 years asked for four masks, the crises would be over before we could fill all the orders!

Our cost is about a dollar per mask plus shipping.  We wish we could do it for free, but then we’d be so inundated that we’d never get them made in time.  If you’ve lost your job and paying is a hardship, let us know. 

So if you need masks, just respond to this email with your count, shipping address, and email address.  When they’re ready to ship, we’ll email an invoice with a payment link.

There are LOTs of free patterns out there, but this is what we are offering. Free Mask Download.

Stay safe!

T-Shirt Quilts of Texas

                Jasmine and David               

Shadywood Quilts

                Betty and Jon   

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Oh! How I Cherish my Quilts

I absolutely love sitting in my favorite chair curled under my special quilt after a long and tiring day. These days with all the angst and uneasiness around the CORONA (COVID-19) Virus, I find myself curled under my quilt more often. The quilt seems to calm me down and allows me to relax for a bit. I remember when I gifted a quilt to one of my nephews when he was just a toddler. He was so cute with the quilt. He would lay the quilt on the floor all nice and neat, lay his head on it and then get back up, fold he quilt up nice and neat and tuck under his arm as he went along his business. A quilt has that special ability to put a smile on your face and make the world all better even if just for a little while. I have seen my customers well up with tears as they receive their memory quilts with the bits and pieces of their loved ones lives woven throughout their quilt and I know they cherish their quilt and bask in the wonderful memories they evoke.

Praying everyone stays safe and healthy during this period of crisis. Enjoy your times at home with your family and make it into something extra special for your children. It is not often they get their parents home 24/7 for an extended length of time. Look for the silver lining, do what you can to be safe and keep your sanity, snuggle on the couch with your kids and loved ones under a quilt and may God Bless everyone.

Jasmine Ellicott (and David Sloan)
T-Shirt Quilts of Texas
Jasmine@TShirtQuiltsTX.com
832-559-1190

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Big Changes at T-Shirt Quilts of Texas

New ownership

We have some exciting news to share with you!

Our kids and grandkids have finally all moved to the same state!  Unfortunately, it’s not Texas.  So after much hand-wringing, Jon and I have decided to retire (again), and relocate closer to our family.

But here’s the really good news!  My long-time friend and quilting buddy,  Jasmine Endicott, will be taking over T-Shirt Quilts of Texas!  I couldn’t imagine a better person to trust the business to.  She has the skills and experience, but more importantly, she is someone we completely trust to preserve this little business that we are so proud of, who will cherish our great customers as much as we have.

And I want you to know, that’s been the most precious aspect of this business — our customers.  I don’t know what we did to deserve such wonderful people to serve, but Jon always says our customers restored his faith in humanity.  Do you know that in all the time we’ve been in business (since 2006) we’ve only had ONE bounced check?  That’s unheard of!  And she was so embarrassed that we had cash in hand before we even knew it had bounced!

Big News.  New Owners at T-Shirt Quilts of Texas
New owner, Jasmine Ellicott, effective 1/1/2020.

But the best part was when you were delighted with your quilt.  You made our day!

We don’t know what we ever did to deserve customers like you, but we just want you to know how much we appreciate you.  We have truly loved hearing your stories and sharing your memories in the quilts we created with you. 

Sorry, I meant this to be about Jasmine.  I guess I get a little emotional, thinking about ending this phase of our lives!

Jasmine Ellicott

We will be working with Jasmine over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition.  She is committed to delivering the same quality and pricing you have become accustomed to.  The website will continue to provide information on the services as before and I am confident that Jasmine and David will carry on with same customer service you expect

Jasmine’s new shop is in her home, at 10202 Palisades Lakes Drive, Houston, TX 77095.  Feel free to email her at Jasmine@TShirtQuiltsTX.com.  The phone number will remain the same, 832-559-1190. 

We sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, and know you will be as wonderful to Jasmine as you were to us.

If you have any comments or well wishes, please click here to share with others. We would love to see any quilts we have made for you or your comments about your experiences with us.

I will be sticking around for a couple of months to help Jas get up to speed.

Betty Baker (and Jon and Shiner!)
T-Shirt Quilts of Texas
Betty@TShirtQuiltsTX.com
832-559-1190

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You Did WHAT With my T-Shirts?

Can You Believe THIS is What Some Folks Consider a T-Shirt QUILT???

One of those other cheapo ‘blankets’.

tshirt Blanket FAIL
Don’t do this to your treasured tshirt memories.

There are a lot of folks out there making T-Shirt Quilts. Or rather, should I say t-shirt comforters or blankets. There is a new company out there professing to be the ‘cheapest’ on the web. I have had several of those ‘cheap’ blankets come to my shop with either the mom in tears because the t-shirts were ruined, or the recipient in tears because the ‘blanket’ was awful…. Whatever the issue, you just know that this ‘blanket’ was done poorly, and you know it will never be used or displayed in public.

Is there any hope?

We have reconstructed many quilts that were a big disappointment made by other non-professionals. While this is not our main business, we do understand that sinking feeling when getting a horrible quilt/blanket/comforter.
Generally, these are the styles of quilts/blankets/comforters.

Quilt / Blanket Finishing

·        Professionally Machine Quilted – This is a professionally quilted edge to edge pattern that evenly covers the
quilt without distracting from the t-shirts. The stitches are consistent and
the pattern is consistent across the quilt

·        No quilting at all – The quilts from Project Repat boast that they are the cheapest, and there is a reason.
They don’t use batting, they don’t quilt it, they don’t stabilize the shirts,
they don’t bind the quilt, they don’t use real fabric for the backing.

·        Minimal quilting – Non Professionals who are making quilts on their kitchen table, or doing some random loop de loops in a messy manner.

·        Scribble Quilting – This is what we refer to when inexperienced quilters ‘scribble’ on your quilt, thinking
it is pretty.   🙁

·        Too much Quilting – How can that be? While well intentioned, too much quilting is just as distracting as
not enough quilting. T-shirts that are quilted too densely (and especially those without a stabilizer) will end up with ‘squoosed’ quilting. That is a technical term for pleats and puckers. We are the only company that use 100% cotton stabilizer to prepare your shirts for a lifetime of use and wear. Most don’t use any stabilizer or use a man made polyester material (such as Pellon or Thermoweb).

·        Tied – Oh my. this is what my great-grandmother used to do for utilitarian quilts. At least she put the ties
a couple of inches apart where they might do some good. One quilt that I got in for a makeover had a total of 6 (as in SIX) ties to hold an entire quilt together.  see more about tied quilts.

·        Other – This is what we lovingly refer to as ‘creative quilting’ This is means that the maker used one
or more methods of assembling a quilt. Sometimes we can’t even figure out the method.  This is what happens when there is no quilting, or just quilting ‘around’ the blocks.

Can YOUR Quilt Get a Makeover?

Really, the easiest quilts to do a makeover are the ones that are tied or have the least amount of quilting. The ‘non-professional’ quilters make inconsistent size stitches and the pattern is all over the place. Send us a photo, and we can see what we can do.

What we can Fix

Your choice whether we re-piece the entire quilt, or leave it as is, and add a stabilizer, borders and new backing fabric. We use fabrics that are called ‘Tone on Tones’ which are great for hiding everyday wear such as pet hair and lint.

To learn more about having a quilt made from your tee shirts, download our free T-Shirt Quilt Buyer’s Guide. Learn about what to look for when you are ordering a t-shirt quilt.

Back To Quilt Resource Page

T-Shirt Quilts of Texas is a full service professional business that can help you complete your quilt at most any stage. We also ‘fix’ quilts made by non-professionals. If you get started, and don’t feel you are going to be able to complete your quilt. Take pictures of your quilt in process, email it to us, and we can let you know if we can help you get it finished.

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Best Christmas Present EVER!!!!

Thrilled with new quilt!
Recipient is thrilled with her new quilt!

As we get ready for the upcoming holiday season, I’m reminded of several comments from happy customers from last year.
My favorites:

OMG! Everyone just finished opening their Christmas presents. I had to let you know. The kids were all THRILLED with their quilts. Everyone agrees this was the Best Christmas Ever…
— Janice R. KC MO.

My daughter was so excited to have a “memory quilt“ made from her favorite tees from high school!! Each block has wonderful memories that tell her story ! She squeeled with delight when she opened her Christmas gift, and hugged it to her chest. Thank you for this wonderful gift.
–Pat K. NY NY

Is There Still Time For The Holidays?

Depending on what time you figure out that this is going to be the ‘greatest gift ever’, you have a few options. If ordering BEFORE Thanksgiving, we can generally get your quilt done for Christmas. After that, you might have to add an expedite fee. Just a mere $50, we move you to the front of the list. Of course, if you wait until Christmas Eve, it probably ain’t gonna happen! Just say’n!! Doen’t mean that you can’t still go ahead with the idea, and put a card under the tree that says your quilt is on it’s way.. That way, they can help with the selection of the tees included in the quilt.

Memory Quilt or T-Shirt Quilt???

Whether your kids are still in school, or headed off to college. T-shirts are a mark of time, a memory of a party, an event or a general memory. You might want to refer to this scrapbook you can sleep under a ‘t-shirt quilt’ or a ‘memory quilt’. Either way, know that your recipient is going to LOVE and reasure this heirloom for a lifetime. Find out more about T-Shirt Quilts or Memory Quilts.

A custom quilt made with your families t-shirts is a perfect gift. Your kiddos tees are memories. Whether you are including tshirts from the last couple of years, vacations, sports events or marathon runs; all make great memory quilts.

The best part of all is that you get to clean out your attic, kids room, or other storage space to make what your family member will confirm. It’s “The Best Christmas Ever.”

Holiday Gifts TShirts
A tshirt quilt is a great gift for the holidays.