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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

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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!

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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.

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Have a Wonderful Day!

Pam

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Getting work done!

This weekend I’m in Canandaigua, NY.  Just being outside listening to the creatures in the woods, feeling the sun and wind on my face, and enjoying everything else that comes with being outside is extremely relaxing for me.

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Brought my next project to paint. It was so peaceful to be outside painting.

 

Two projects just about finished and I’ll be moving onto other projects!!

 

 

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Heart Quilt

I have the pleasure of having my youngest son getting married later this year! He’s marrying a wonderful young woman whom I just adore.

As one of their wedding gifts, I have created the Heart Quilt pattern and making it for them. This is all made from 2″ squares and the final size will be 98″x120″. Yes, a very big quilt!

This will not be completed by the wedding date, however, it will be hanging on the wall and all attendees will be able to sign their name and add a message for the happy couple. There will be a table with a piece of fabric that I ironed onto freezer paper. The fabric will eventually be part of the back of the quilt along with a blessing that will be on the label reminding the happy couple that we are all supporting them through their journey of marriage.