Many of my customers have so many t-shirts that they have a hard time narrowing them down to a reasonable number to put in a quilt. Some of them show up for appointments with bags and bags and want me to help choose. Although I can help you choose, I really don’t know what is most important to you or the person for whom you are having the quilt made. Here are a few ideas to help you narrow your choices.
- If you have several t-shirts with the same or similar motif, choose your favorite color or the motif that will fill up the square. If you have a small motif on the front of your t-shirt and a big one on the back, use the back side of the t-shirt. If the motif on the front is different and you would like it added to the back square, I can do that, but it’s not necessary if it has all the same information that is already on the back of the shirt.
- Separate your shirts into piles according to activity. For example, a customer brought me 90 t-shirts that belonged to her recently deceased husband and wanted me to divide them into three quilts. So I sorted them into piles for travel, sports, motorcycles, beer drinking and miscellaneous. (He must have been a fun guy to be around.) Even though I used all the t-shirts, you can narrow your selection by choosing a favorite from each stack and then repeating the process until you have the number of t-shirts you want to use in your quilt.
- A lot of team t-shirts have a list of names on the back, or concert t-shirts have lists of all the cities on the tour. Unless the list is really important to you, don’t use it in the quilt. It really doesn’t make a very interesting looking square in your t-shirt quilt.
- Many t-shirts have the person’s name on them. If you have several, just choose a favorite one. The quilt recipient knows her name and doesn’t have to have it all over her quilt.
- If you are having a t-shirt quilt made for your teenager to take to college, he may not be real attached to his t-shirts from elementary and junior high, so focus more on his t-shirts from high school. And if you’re thinking of including some of your daughter’s baby clothes, reconsider and maybe save those and those cute little elementary school t-shirts and have a quilt made for yourself.