many T-shirts do I need?
2. Should I cut the T-shirts before
I send them to you?
3. I have a favorite shirt that I
wore for years. There are torn and stained parts.
Is that OK?
4. What is the filler?
5. What do you use for backing?
6. Will this quilt be washable?
7. Can I include other clothes?
8. Can I include non-washable items
like baby shoes in my memory quilt?
9. I would
like to include dry clean only items in the quilt.
Is this a problem?
10. How can I hang it on the wall?
11. How much will the memory quilt
12. How long does it take?
do the edges and quilting look like?
I get my photos back?
kind of pictures work best?
you put invitations, menus, magazine and album
covers on fabric?
photos on fabric washable?
can I select the colors that you use in the project?
much do photo projects cost?
How many T-shirts do I need?
A: The size of the quilt depends on the number
of T-shirts used. 12 shirts makes a sofa throw
about 30"x 60", 30 T-shirts could be
about 48" x 65". 40 T-shirts usually
cover the top of a queen bed. As you can see
from the pictures, I make a crazy quilt mosaic
out of them so any odd number will work well.
I use the logo or picture part only. If exact
dimensions are important to you, let me know in
Should I cut the T-shirts before I send them to
A: NO. I'll do that for you. Let me know if there
is something on the back or sleeve that you also
want. Mark it with masking tape, or pin a note
on any shirt that needs special attention.
I have a favorite shirt that I wore for years.
There are torn and stained parts. Is that OK?
A: No problem! One ot the advantages of having
a quilt made from your favorite old shirts is
that I can cut away ruined spots. If you have
fabric badges/decals, I can sew them on a spot
that can't be cut away. When the project is finished,
you won't notice anyway. Just make sure that all
T-shirts are freshly laundered and dry before
you send them.
What is the filler?
A: 100% polyester quilt batting.
What do you use for backing?
A: Pre-washed T-shirt knit fabric in your choice
of color. If you want this quilt to match a bedset
exactly, just send an extra washed sheet. Knit
jersey flat sheets work best.
Will this quilt be washable?
A: I've washed mine for years. Make sure all of
the T-shirts have already been washed a few times
already. That will take care of shrinkage and
bleeding of dyes. Wash in cool water, and dry at
a low temperature. Very large quilts will require
a large capacity machine.
Can I include other clothes?
A: Yes! Let me know if you want just fabric squares
cut from the clothes or if you want to see the
whole pocket, cuff, strip of buttons, or vest front.
Cotton flannel shirts, sweatshirts,and pyjamas
Can I include non-washable items like baby shoes
in my memory quilt?
A: Why not? I can velcro them to a section of
corderoy or denim, and you can remove them when
you wash the quilt. In one of the pictures, you
can see that I put baby shoes inside the pockets
of the front section of overalls. Cute!
I would like to include dry clean only items in
the quilt. Is this a problem?
A: No. Just spot clean the quilt if necessary.
How can I hang it on the wall?
A: I can sew a sleeve on the back if you request,
and you can slide a curtain rod through it for
How much will a memory quilt cost?
A: Nine dollars per T-shirt or clothing item.
Batting and backing are included. Shipping and
insurance are about $15.00 per quilt.
How long does it take?
A: I work alone and do all of the quilting by
hand. I work on one project at a time, so I need
a few weeks from the time you send me the T-shirts.
Call me or E-mail me so we can talk about special
requests. Your precious memory clothes remain
in my house until the quilt is done. Don't be
disappointed at Christmas time! Order your quilt
in the early fall.
What do the edges and quilting look like?
A: I hand roll and hand stitch the edges. I hand
quilt around all the logos and pictures to give
them definition and texture.
Will I get my photos back?
A: Yes. Your photos are returned to you unharmed
with your wall hanging or pillow. Since these
are being sent in the mail, please make a copy
of one-of-a-kind pictures. I return everything
to you insured with a signature required.
What kind of pictures work best?
A: The copy on fabric is only as good as your original.
My favorites are those old black and white ones
tucked away in old albums and boxes.
Can you put invitations, menus, or magazine and album
covers on fabric?
A: Yes. Tell me if you want them copied enlarged
or made smaller. An invitation to a wedding made
into a pillow makes a lovely gift for the bride
Are photos on fabric washable?
A: Yes, but the pillow or wall hanging that I
make for you will look best with my rich upholstery,
velvet, silk, and decorator fabrics that are
not washable. Just spot clean, or wipe with a soft
cloth if it gets dust on it.
How can I select the colors that you use in the
A: If you can't visit my studio just send swatches,
if you have them, of the colors you like. Tell
me the color schemes you prefer, or get those little
paint cards from the paint store, and circle the colors
that you like. If you want an exact match to your
sofa or chair, why not sent one of those arm covers,
and I'll be able to match those colors when I
How much do photo projects cost?
A: The price for putting the photos on fabric
depends on the size of the photos.