All quilts are made using cotton fabric for the sashing, backing and batting, and are machine quilted in a meandering or edge to edge pattern which covers the entire t-shirt block for stability – my quilts are not tied! This quilting method results in an extremely attractive texture and provides exceptional stability.
Please allow at least 4 months for construction and quilting. Waiting time may be extended dependent on number of memory quilt orders in the queue.
I offer two styles of t-shirt quilts; either with or without sashing.
A Traditional t-shirt quilt means that the shirts are all cut the same size. The shirts are arranged in a grid pattern and have sashing between the blocks. The quilt is then machine quilted. The price is determined by the number of t-shirts. The pricing is based on a 14″ square t-shirt block with 1 1/2″ sashing and 2″ borders.
A variation on the traditional T shirt quilt is to omit the sashing and sew the T shirt blocks together. The finished size will be smaller than the size listed for the same number of blocks with sashing.
Pocket logos can be used, but will be pieced together to make a “4-patch” square block. Two horizontal t shirt designs can also be sewn together to make a 14″ square block.
Preparation – At Ideal Stitches, all t-shirts are specially prepared with a lightweight fusible backing to prevent stretching. This process also helps to fill small holes and stops any runs and will help preserve some your best loved, but very worn shirts!
Design – A great deal of time is spent arranging your shirts and selecting the sashing color (the fabric that goes between your shirts) to ensure the most attractive layout and color combination for your quilt.
Attention to Detail – I take great care to ensure each t-shirt design is aligned correctly, centered and straight. This is what makes the difference between an attractive looking quilt and one that looks off center or crooked.
Materials – Premium 100% cotton fabric is used in my quilts for the sashing, backing and binding. The batting is also 100% cotton, which gives your quilt a smooth, soft look and accents the machine quilting. Many other t-shirt quilt companies charge extra for fabric or require you to provide your own fabric. My price includes the sashing, batting, backing fabric – I provide everything but your shirts!
Binding – Your quilt is finished with a double folded fabric binding that is machine finished. The edges of your quilt are subject to wear and this type of binding is very neat and more durable than a single layer binding.
Many t-shirt quilt companies do not quilt their quilts in an all-over pattern. They may sandwich the layers together by hand tying, spot tacking, or simply by stitching in the seams that join the shirts. This can result in sagging, bunching, and a generally unstable quilt. My quilts are beautifully machine quilted throughout each t-shirt block for durability and strength. An all over pattern is quilted throughout each t-shirt block with either an invisible poly thread or complementary thin colored thread so the stitching does not interfere with the t-shirt design. This quilting method results in an incredibly attractive, stable quilt.
I pride myself on my high level of customer service. I understand that you are anxious about sending your treasured memories in the mail and want you to be comfortable knowing that at Ideal Stitches your t-shirts will be handled with extreme care. I will let you know when your shirts arrive, the expected completion date, when I’ve begun work on your quilt, and when your quilt is completed and ready to ship. I will contact you with any questions along the way to make sure your quilt is made according to your wishes.
All quilts are shipped insured with tracking information and signature confirmation on delivery.
With all the excellent features and quality workmanship that Ideal Stitches offers, you would expect my quilts to be expensive …. but when you compare what other t-shirt quilt companies offer …. to the quality, attention to detail and customer service that you will receive at Ideal Stitches, you will agree that a t-shirt quilt made by Ideal Stitches is a terrific value!
Please see my pricing page for T shirt quilt pricing.
Your shirts should be washed and in good condition. The interfacing that is used to stabilize your quilts will fill in any small holes very nicely.
Please do not cut your shirts. Cut shirts are sometimes difficult to work with and often are cut too small and must be modified to fit into the quilt design.
To indicate which side of a shirt to use, place a safety pin on the side or both side that you would like to see in the quilt, or an easier way is to bundle the shirts together by which side you would like used and put them in separate bags, one for “front side only”, “back only” or “both sides.”
All you need to do is schedule a drop off. There is no additional charge for fabric, batting, backing or machine quilting – I provide everything to make your quilt – and it is all included in my price.