Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get my finished quilt?
It takes 2-3 weeks for basic quilts and up to 4 weeks for one with sashings and borders. This all depends on the volume of work we have at the time and the availability of the fabric you want. We do our best to turn our orders around as quickly as possible.
Any special quilts with lots of embroidery or memory quilts from clothes will take 6 to 8 weeks.
When planning gifts, especially for Christmas, Graduations and Weddings, add extra time as those are busy times of year and it could take as long as 2-3 months to get a basic quilt done and 3-4 months for a more complicated quilt such as a wedding ring quilt.
We will do a rush on a quilt for an extra fee of $75.00 but only if it will not interfere with the delivery of the other quilts to our clients who placed orders ahead of you. I don't think it is fair to push someone who has planned ahead aside for someone else but I will do my best to accommodate everyone.
How is the quilting done?
We use a Gammill Statler Stitcher to do our quilting. We do pantographs which are edge to edge designs. These designs will cover the whole quilt, stablizing the T-Shirts and adding a wonderful added dimension to the quilt.
Are the T-Shirts reinforced before quilting?
Yes, we use a very soft flexible nylon especially made for T-Shirts, called Tricot. It is ironed on the back of each square so they keep their shape during the making of the quilt and after but does not make the quilt stiff in any way.
Do you pay for the entire quilt up front?
We require half the fee up front with the minimum being $100.00. The rest will be billed when your quilt is finished. The quilt will be mailed as soon as the final payment has been received. You can pay by check or by credit card. If you pay by check the check will have to clear before the quilt will be mailed.
What is considered a T-Shirt Quilt Square?
A basic T-Shirt Square used in these quilts will be 14"x14" finished. This can be modified depending on the size of the largest design on the T-Shirts you send us. The object is to use all the T-Shirts we can. If you order a variable quilt some of the T-Shirts will be cut bigger or smaller depending on the design on the shirt and the final design of the quilt.
Can you use T-Shirts of different sizes?
If you have odd sized T-Shirts from a variety of ages the quilt can be custom done to accommodate all the various size T-Shirts. This is especially needed when making a quilt from team shirts or scouts that your child has worn at various ages.
Can I have input into the final fabric used for the quilt?
Absolutely. We want you to have as much input as you want into the final design of the quilt. We will be happy to email or text you a picture of the fabric we want to use for your approval. Please be aware though that every step that has to wait for your input will have an effect on the final delivery time of your quilt. When ordering this time increase should be programmed into the return time if you are planning on the quilt as a gift for a special occasion. If you have a special color/s you want your quilt to be you can send us something of that color that we can use to match the fabric we use to.
Do I need to do anything with the Clothes or T-Shirts you are sending me for the quilts?
Yes, you must wash them and make sure the items are as clean as possible. They do not have to be free of stains unless that is of a concern for you. I have used T-shirts that have paint on them from painting our first home and my daughters soccer quilt will forever have some Virginia clay on it. These are all part of the memories so we have no problem with them being there. If you have clothes that are a little worn in areas I can cut around those areas to make the quilt, however if the T-Shirt's have holes those need to be repaired prior to sending or I will do so at a small fee. DO NOT CUT THE CLOTHES OR T-SHIRTS BEFORE SENDING! WE WILL DO THE CUTTING WHEN WE GET THEM.
What is Sashing?
Sashing is a 2" border put between your T-Shirts. This really frames each T-Shirt and makes it stand out individually and not blend all together with the others. This really helps pull together T-Shirts that are either the same colors or colors that would not look as good right on top of each other.
What do you do with the left over scraps from the clothes and T-Shirts?
We will dispose of the scraps here unless you specify that you would like us to save any left overs. If you want them they will be returned with your quilt. I usually donate the leftover T Shirt fabric to local pet adoption groups for bedding.
Shipping of Quilts
Quilts will be sent to you after full payment is received. All quilts are shipped USPS, insured and signature required. The Shipping fee will run about $35.00. It will be more for the larger heavier quilts. The shipping fee will include the cost of the box and plastic bag the quilt is shipped in. We always ship in plastic bags to protect your quilt from damage in shipment.
Care of Quilts
These quilts are meant to be used and loved so don't be afraid to do that. Most of the time they can just be aired out but don't do that in the direct sun as it will fade the fabrics. If you get something on it you can spot clean with a mild soap or if it needs more, place it in your washing machine.
When using a washing machine it is best to use one without an agitator but if not put it at the most delicate setting to slow down the agitation process. It should be washed in warm water on the delicate cycle. Use a small amount of mild detergent. You can hang to dry or place in the dryer on a low temperature setting.
If you ever get a stain on a quilt we have made and can't get it out or it gets damaged in some way please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help you in any way we can in getting the quilt back to pristine condition.
If you are storing a quilt, store it flat or folded or rolled in a cotton bag or pillowcase. This should be done away from light and humidity. Do not store in plastic bags or in direct contact with unfinished wood or cardboard. If storing it for an extended period of time occasionally take it out and to let it air and then refold in a different way so as to not stress the same areas of fabric all the time.
***IMPORTANT -I SHIP MY QUILTS IN A PLASTIC BAG STRICTLY TO KEEP THEM PROTECTED IN TRANSIT - NOT FOR EXTENDED STORAGE. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR QUILT FROM THE BAG UPON RECEIVING IT.