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T-Shirt Quilts – Custom made vs Manufacturing Companies

There are a few manufacturing companies that will be more than happy to make a t-shirt quilt out of your t-shirts. Then there are private professional quilters like me who pay attention to details and the customers vision.

I looked into those companies a bit. Yes, they are less expensive (considerably) than the private professional quilter; however, you are getting a different quality and not as much attention to details. Here’s what I found:

  1. The manufacturing companies will take your shirts and use a die cutter to cut the design part of the shirt out. I’m not sure if they stabilize the shirts or not which in my opinion is a must when sewing knit (stretchy) fabric to woven (non-stretch) fabric. It produces a smoother seam and stronger end product. The other part…the die cutter cannot adjust for a shirt design that is larger than the size of it. In just about every t-shirt quilt I have made, there is at least one shirt design that is bigger than the size of the square I use and I have had to make adjustments. That is what you are getting with a custom quilter……creativity in adjusting square size to the design. Plus, I sit with the customer and ask if they want the back of the t-shirts if there’s a print on both sides. I don’t know if the manufacturers do that. My guess would be they don’t do that personal touch.
  2. I (as the custom quilter) give you a choice of how you want the back of the quilt to be. Traditional (batting and fabric), more t-shirts with batting between, or fleece alone. The one that I saw had just fleece which is much faster to work with.
  3. Once the front and back of the quilt is sewn together, the manufacturing companies don’t sew the layers together (or known as quilting together). That is a very labor intensive process. You do pay for the quilt to be quilted. In my opinion, the quilting together bonds the layers together to provide a stronger end product. The quilting together is important to prevent the t-shirts and other fabrics from sagging through the years, and when it’s washed the quilt is all bonded together and it’s easier to fold and put away.
  4. My thought is that the quilting together will overall last longer than the not quilted one. You’re getting a stronger quilt.

So there you have it, the pros and cons to custom t-shirt quilt and a manufacturer t-shirt quilt. Same end product in general, different quality of work and attention to details. If you are looking for a custom t-shirt quilter, please contact me for further details.

Thank you for reading my blog, and have a wonderful day.

Pam

art quilt

Continued Progress!

Still working on this quilt for a December 4 due date and competition. I came across some issues as I was working on it. I wanted to share with you these issues and my decisions.

I was wondering how I was going to quilt this (common question). I decided to outline it in black 30wt thread to pop the individual colors and shapes. Then do the extremely dense quilting between each design with a white background to have a trapunto look. This also lead to a question of what kind of batting to use. So, for the first time, I am using cotton batting and wool batting on top. Decisions are good at this point!

As I’m quilting along and in my “zen” state, I realize that this challenge quilt is suppose to be 24″x24″ and bound. If I’m doing this much work, I want to be able to submit it to the AQS Shows. After looking at the AQS competition sizes, I discovered that the size of this quilt will be too small. A 4″ border needs to be added around the quilt to make it qualify for the competitions I want to enter this quilt in.

My predicament is….how do I add a border onto an already completed and bound quilt? The decision is to unbind the quilt after the December 4 competition, add at least a 4″ border by doing a “quilt-as-you-go” method. That’s as far as I have got with the decisions. I don’t know what the border is going to look like. I have a bunch of ideas, just don’t want to make that decision yet. I’ll keep you posted as to the results!

Thank you for reading my blog! Have a wonderful day and a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Pam

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Guild Competition!

This week I’m starting on a challenge that is through one of my Quilt Guilds. Their challenge is to choose an envelope that had two crayons (I did not know what colors I was choosing). Create a quilt using these two colors and add up to four more colors.

I received BLUE and BLUE/GREEN.

I came up with drawing rings on white fabric, add designs in the rings, painting the fabric with the colors.

And the following photos are my process thus far. Quilting will begin tomorrow. It’s due December 4 at our Christmas party.

Enjoy the photos!

Baptism gown, custom baptism gown

Wedding to Baptismal Gown!

I’ve been busy with taking my friend’s wedding gown and making a baptism gown for her new baby. The original gown had embroidery and beading on the bodice which flowed down into the skirt.

Each piece of the baptism gown was strategically placed and cut to preserve as much of the original design work as possible. That was really the trickiest part. Sewing it together went well, all seams covered.

She’s picking it up tomorrow morning for the baptism on Sunday!

And here it is!

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It’s Completed!!!

Finally finished INCLUSION!!!  The finished size is 51″w x 40″ h.  I also just entered it into the Daytona Beach, Lancaster, and Paducah AQS Quilt Shows.  It has to be juried in first.

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Please tell me what you think!  I’ll keep you posted as to the results of the applications!

Thank you for reading my blog!

Pam

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Keep on Quilting!

 

Still working on Inclusion! It’s taking more time than I thought, but I am determined to make the October 18th deadline.
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I was going to put different ethnic houses on top of the earth, however, it was going to look too busy.  It was too empty without anything above the earth, so I decided to paint a saying. (I’ll reveal the saying on the finished photo post next week.)

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Found the above brick fabric in my stash and became the perfect fabric backing for this quilt!

Now I’m quilting it.  I remember someone saying to me that the ribbon winning quilts seam to have a lot of dense quilting.  With that in mind I’ve been densely quilting!

 

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It will be finished soon, and then I’ll be able to show you the completed piece!  Then we start praying that it will be juries into the AQS shows.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Pam

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Inclusion!

I started this about 2 years ago for another competition which had the word converge as it’s theme.  Well, life happened and prevented me from completing it on time.

When I saw the verb definition of converge, it said something to the effect of…two or more people coming together for a common good.  That lead me to think of the world today and how there’s so much negativity towards another human due to the color of their skin, beliefs, or abilities.  God made all of us in his image. I am only a part of his image as is every other human on this planet.  (I choose God, you may say higher power, higher energy, etc.)

My point is that this world would be much more pleasant if we all accepted each other’s individualities.

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This is not complete yet, and it will be completed by October 1.  This will be entered into the AQS shows for 2020.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Have a Wonderful Day!

Pam

For Fun

Summer Baking

Today I was doing my Sunday cooking for the week.  Sunday is my prep day for the week since I have some dietary needs and have to basically cook/bake anything I want to eat.

IMG_7966So, as I am making a zucchini quiche and double chocolate cookies, and I am dripping with sweat being that the oven was on and it is 80 degrees outside with no air conditioner!  Which lead me to remember a funny story from my childhood.

My parents would take us out camping in the summer for weekend vacations as well as a week long vacation.  I was about 8 years old and my grandparents would also camp periodically with us.  My grandmother this particular weekend thought it would be fun to bake cookies with my sister and me.  Of course, we loved spending time in the kitchen and baking or cooking anything!  

This was summer and probably about the same hot weather as today is.  Plus, we were camping!  Who really wants to bake in a small, hot camper (this is before air conditioners in the campers) when you could run and play outside and enjoy the great outdoors!  Besides that was the purpose we camped.

So my sister and I did make the cookie dough and I believe they were cut out cookies.  As soon as the dough was made and the cookies were cut out, my sister and I scurried out of the camper leaving my poor grandmother to roast in that sauna of acamper!  

If I remember correctly, she emerged from the camper dripping with sweat just as I am now!

I love and miss you Nana D.

Hand sewing

Learned a calming technique!

I babysitting a 3year old and 1year old child.  When the 1year old is napping, the 3year old and I do something together like cook, baking, and now sewing.

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I am basically hand sewing placements and realizing that hand sewing slows my breath, and relaxes all of my muscles especially when I have piano music playing (like The Piano Guys).

I seem to go into a sort of zen mode.

Try it sometime and tell me if you find the same results!!