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T-Shirt Quilts

Look closely and you will see the extraordinary details that are standard features in each quilt. A Thread Dancer quilt exceeds your expectations, integrating the finest materials with exceptional craftsmanship and personal attention.

Details that make the quilt: The difference is in the details. IIMG_0091.jpeg combine artistry with exceptional quality and personal service. That makes every T-Shirt quilt I create a work of art, with beauty and durability built-in.

Your T-shirts are the main attraction, and I consider the arrangement carefully, artistically balancing color and design. The T-Shirts need to endure the construction process, daily use, and repeated laundering. So I apply a lightweight stabilizer to prevent stretching and give well worn T-Shirts extra life while maintaining their softness.

 

IMG_0800.jpegQuilting secures the layers and the quality of my machine is visible in the tight stitching and closely quilted spaces, which creates lasting durability. Thread Dancer uses a consistent pattern of quilting, flowing seamlessly over the entire quilt. That adds an attractive texture to the surface, without distracting from the graphics on your T-shirts.

 

 

IMG_0804.jpegThe edges of a quilt get the most wear, so your quilt is machine finished with a double-folded binding. The T-shirt quilts are generously sized and hand-crafted for durability, incorporating natural fibers for comfort. It's details like these that make the difference when choosing a quilt maker for your T-shirt collection. I am here to answer any questions you might have about my process. 

I invite you to be involved in planning your T-shirt quilt. I can work to your specifications regardless of the number of shirts you send. I love hearing your ideas! Contact me if you wish to discuss the possibilities for creating your quilt.

 

Design Details: 

There are two basic designs, depending on your T-shirt collection, and I consider custom requests on an individual basis.

standard design arranges the shirts (blocks) in a grid pattern, each block is uniform in size, separated with fabric (sashing). Shirt designs measuring less than 14 inches fit this design. Smaller fabric squares (cornerstones) in a contrasting color can be inserted where the four corners of the shirts meet.

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 A custom design is used when your t-shirt collection consists of varying sizes, such as over-sized graphics or small insignias from pockets or sleeves. Shirt designs measuring more than 14 inches are accommodated by this design.

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With either option, I cut your shirts to fit the quilt so the entire graphic is used. In addition to T-shirts, I can work with sweat shirts, sports jerseys, baby clothing and many other items – just ask.

Fabric details: Considering comfort and tradition, I use natural, breathable fabrics, with an extensive selection of color choices in cotton or cotton flannel. The flannel is soft and thick, a great choice for a warmer, heavier quilt. All fabric is pre-washed to limit shrinkage and fading. I will choose colors that complement your T-shirts, or leave it up to you.

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Sleeve for hanging: A sleeve is hand-stitched to your quilt, pleated to accommodate a 1-inch dowel. This is the best way to attractively display your quilt on a wall. Prices vary  depending on quilt size. 

 

 

 

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Custom block: The block is created from two to four smaller graphics or insignias to make one quilt block.

 

 

 

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Embroidery: Personalize your quilt with embroidery work. Contact us for an estimate. 

 

 

 

Caring for your quilt: Prolong the life of your t-shirt quilt through proper care. They are made to withstand use and repeated washings, but not harsh chemicals or abuse. I recommend washing with a mild detergent in cold water on a gentle cycle, and drying on a low heat setting.

Environmental impact:. I love that the nature of my work supports the reuse of items we all have in our wardrobe, the classic T-shirt. In the spirit of sustainability the discarded portions of your T-shirts are donated to be recycled into other new, useful products.