Want a quilt made of memories? Here are 10 questions you should ask before you turn over all your memories to be ‘cut’ up. Memory quilts are made from many things including t-shirts/baby clothes & bibs as well as other clothing items. They can be made from Crown Royal bags, tea towels and embroidered pillow cases. The 10 questions are geared toward t-shirts; however, can be applied to any type of memory quilt.
I highly recommend you look at each and every potential t-shirt for the fabric content. If you have any shirts that are a high content of polyester, nylon, viscose or rayon, don’t use them in a cotton quilt. If you have a poly cotton blend, those will work nicely. A clue to help you decide if something is appropriate in a quilt, check the t-shirt label. Since the majority of the t-shirts and the added fabrics will be 100% cotton or a cotton blend, you will want to keep it to that type of fabric content for future laundering of your quilt. Mixing in fabrics of a high content of polyester, nylon, rayon or viscose will mean you will need to follow those more delicate laundry instructions. You have to ask yourself if you want to air dry your entire quilt and/or even dry clean your quilt because of one or two quilt blocks. Most people prefer to launder and dry the quilt in the most economic and simplest way possible. That means to stick closely to 50% to 100% cotton shirts. Also, as a side note, you will be adding stabilizer to the shirts, so you have to ask yourself if your hot iron, needed to fuse the stabilizer, will melt your shirt. If so, don’t use the shirt!
Now, don’t worry! We can work around using those delicate shirt logos. I recommend an alternative solution! I can’t take credit for this alternative solution. This method was decided upon by a customer. She wanted a basketball jersey in the quilt, but think about it…..do you really want holes in your quilt top, i.e., holes in the jersey fabric? If you want a true quilt it will have batting between the top and bottom, so do you want the batting coming through the holes? Probably not. So, my recommendation is to take your original shirt to a t-shirt printing place. This offers you the opportunity to print two of your questionable delicate shirt logos on one cotton shirt! Yes, you can print on the front and back. After all, you are going to cut it up anyway! You can also take favorite pictures and have them printed on a t-shirt, front and back and include them in your quilt. The options are endless, so that’s the solution. Take you questionable fabric content shirts to this place and put your log on a 100% cotton shirt that is washable without question!
If you want AvenueJ Quilts to make your t-shirt quilt, we are happy to coordinate this effort. You pay only what they charge us. The process works!