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Choosing Fabric Colors for Your T-Shirt Quilt

How to Choose Colors for YOUR T-Shirt Quilt

So, you've decided to have a quilt(s) made.  You are filling out the order form and here I am asking for you to make more decisions! Yikes!....  

It is OK.  We get everything from "You decide, you are the professional", "Blue", or like my favorite customer.... she  actually sends color swatches (Love you Renee!).

Quilt at left.  Customer attaches color swatches. 
Fabric choices we made based on her wishes.

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Compare T-Shirt Quilt Makers - Please.

What?  We WANT you to compare tshirt quilt makers.    Yep.  We have found over the years that the more YOU know, the better decisions you make.

 We have put together a free file for you to download and print.  Just make notes about your comparisons when checking with different quilt makers.

There are several questions you should be asking ANY COMPANY that you are considering having making your treasured quilt.  We have filled in over 10 questions you should be asking before you send your shirts off to make a quilt [or blanket].               

Fist and foremost, you need to decide if you want a quilt or a blanket.  Read Difference Between a Quilt and a Blanket   for more on that.

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Is a Professional Making YOUR T-Shirt Quilt?

Not All T-Shirt Quilt Makers are Created The Same 

WHAT?  Some companies (or crafters) actually send their quilt projects  off-site  while their customers think that  their special tees will stay at the place they mailed them.  In many cases, the quilt-maker is sub-contracting some or part of the quilt process.  Maybe they are piecing the quilt top, then sending it to someone else to quilt it. This happens  because this place is NOT a professional business. 

A professional t-shirt quilt maker is making your quilt start to finish.  They have the equipment. They have the materials.  They have the employees.  They are not farming out any  work to someone else.   This happens for several reasons; see my post on Who Is Making Your T-Shirt Quilt.   Look for a company that will complete your quilt 'in house' and reduce the risk of sending your treasured tees to someone else.

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5 Things You Should Demand That Your T-Shirt Quilt Maker Include!

 At Shadywood Quilts and T-Shirt Quilts of Texas, we have literally made thousands of T-Shirt Quilts  over the last eleven years. Suffice it to say, that we have a bit of experience in making a successful T-Shirt Quilt.

While we are busy making T-Shirt Quilts for hundreds of folks every year, we have several people that bring us the T-Shirt Quilt TOP for us to finish. We love taking care of you, but sometimes we cringe when we see the top that the customer wants us to work a miracle on.

Here are some suggestions to make a successful tshirt quilt top, and what you should demand your quilt-maker include when creating your quilt.

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Extra Long Twin Sized College T-Shirt Quilts?

Every February we start working on graduation tshirt quilts. One of the questions we get most often is whether they should make an extra long quilt to fit the oversized beds that are in most dorms.

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Top 5 Ways To Use Machine Embroidery On A T-Shirt Quilt

Embroidery on T-Shirt  Quilts

Machine embroidery on a T-Shirt Quilt is a great way to add a personal touch to your custom quilt. Each quilt is already a one-of-a-kind unique personal story for the person receiving it.   There is a difference between embroidered labels and printed labels.   Read more about Quilt Lables 101

Quilt Label

This quilt label was added to the backside of several quilts we made for this family.   This type of label with last generations and tells so much about the love they had. 



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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