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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

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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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Difference Between a Border and Binding in a T-Shirt Quilt

Borders or Binding?

Baylor quilt, parts of a quilt
Baylor quilt, parts of a quilt with flannel backing.

Many times when someone is sending their tshirts in and ordering a quilt, they will ask ‘what fabric do you use for that outside border?”

OK,  the confusion comes because the customer does not understand the difference between the ‘binding’ and a ‘border’.  In this photo, we are also showing ‘sashing‘ and ‘backing‘ which are also parts of any real quilt. Continue reading Difference Between a Border and Binding in a T-Shirt Quilt

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Other Quilt Services

Quilt Finishing

You have blocks or a partially finished quilt top that your mom or grandmother started. Let us finish it. We can do as little or as much work as you need. We have fabrics to create the backing, batting and will turn that little pile of memories into a finished quilt that you can display and treasure. Be sure to have a quilt label made for the back of the quilt!

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How To Display A T-Shirt Quilt

Memorial Quilts

Three Main Ways to Display a Quilt

Using people to hang a quilt.
Using People to hang a quilt. Temporary method…

There are three categories for hanging or displaying your T-Shirt Quilt.  Temporary, Semi-Permanent and Permanent.  I think the terms are self-explanatory, but lets take a look at some creative options for displaying your t-shirt quilt.

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