Beth Kobliska

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

elizabeth.kobliska@comcast.net

651-340-0024

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 T-Shirt Quilts

 Minneapolis Star Tribune article on T-shirt quilts featured my business. 
Click here to read the article.


T-Shirt quilts are a wonderful way to preserve memories of school, athletics, travels, concerts and other events, long after the T-shirts are banished to the back of your closet.  T-Shirt quilts make great graduation gifts, and are the perfect to send with your son or daughter when they go to college.
At North Channel Designs I carefully prepare all T-shirts with a lightweight fusible backing to prevent stretching and to stabilize the T-shirt fabric.  Then the T-shirt designs are cut to size.  Design elements from back, front, and sleeves can be combined into one block, or used in separate blocks.  The quilt top is layered with batting, and backing fabric, and quilted on computerized longarm quilting machine, using your choice of dozens of patterns - from sports to music, or abstract designs that include your graduation year.

Ordering a quilt: 
If you are interested in preserving your memories in a quilt made from your t-shirts or other items, please email (elizabeth.kobliska@comcast.net) or phone Beth Kobliska (651-340-0024) to schedule an appointment.  I'll show you samples and you will choose a design, fabric colors, size, quilting pattern, and type of batting.  I'll give you a written description of your quilt, completion date, and final price. 

If you do not live in the Twin Cities metro area, we can handle all the decisions by phone and email.  I can mail fabric samples to you, so you can be confident about your color choices.  You mail your t-shirts to me, and I'll email photos of your completed quilt, arrange payment through PayPal, then send your quilt by USPS Priority Mail.  Contact me by phone (651-340-0024) or email me (elizabeth.kobliska@comcast.net) to start the process.

T-Shirt Quilt Design Options
Quilts with Sashing
All t-shirt graphics are cut to the same size, usually 14 inches square, laid out in a grid and separated by fabric sashing strips.  A secondary color can be introduced with fabric "cornerstones" in the intersections and corners.  The entire quilt is framed in a border of the same fabric. 
Variations such as "friendship stars" at the intersections and additional borders can add interest to this orderly design. 
    Click on the photos below to see larger examples of quilts with sashing.
Sashing without
"cornerstones"
Sashing with yellow
"cornerstones"
Sashing with purple
"Cornerstones"
Sashing with black "Friendship Stars" with multiple borders

Just the Shirts
All t-shirt graphics are cut to the same size, usually 14 inches square, sewn together in a grid design, and framed with a fabric border.  Multiple borders can add interest, or make the quilt larger. 

"Just the Shirts" is a good choice if you need your quilt in a hurry, or if you want to keep the cost down, while saving the memories in those treasured shirts.

Click on the photo to see a larger example of "Just the Shirts".

Click here for pricing of Just Shirts Quilts.

Puzzle Quilts - 2 styles
A "Puzzle" design is a great choice if you a lot have graphics in varying sizes from many T-shirts.ch graphic is cut into a square or rectangle to minimize the "blank" space, and then they are all fit together in an interlocking design that is unique for each quilt. 

I offer 2 styles of Puzzle  quilts:

Shirt-to-Shirt Puzzles are designed so all the shirts fit together with no fabric strips or squares to fill in any gaps.  One or more fabric borders frame the quilt.  This design is great if you have lots of shirts, but still want to keep the quilt small enough for a throw size, or a twin size to fit on a college dorm bed.

Color Blend Puzzles add fabric strips and squares, in colors that blend through several hues.  The fabric strips add a unifying design element, and can give a more sophisticated look  - even to a t-shirt quilt.  The use of the fabric strips and squares also make it possible to design your quilt to the exact size you  want. 

    Click on the photos below to see larger examples of Puzzle quilts .
Shirt-to-Shirt Puzzle Quilts have a fun, casual look.  Color Blend Puzzle quilt with soft pastel batik strips for an "all girl" look, even with black t-shirts Color Blend Puzzle quilts with fabric squares in purple, blue, and green.
Click here for Shirt-to-Shirt Puzzle Quilt pricing. Click here for Color Blend Puzzle Quilt pricing.

             
Simply Framed Quilt

This design is similar to a "Quilts with Sashing", but adds more colors.  All t-shirt graphics are cut to the same size, usually 14 inches square.  Each shirt is framed in fabric, and then the quilt is assembled in a grid design, then a fabric border is added. 


Click on the photo to see a larger example of "Simply Framed" quilt with frames in bright colors.

Click here for Simply Framed pricing.

Mixed Frames Quilt

In a Mixed Frame quilt the t-shirt graphics are cut to different sizes, and each graphic is framed in fabric.  This design appeals to people who want a quilt that is a bit calmer, more orderly looking than a Puzzle quilt, but have a lot of shirts, with different sized graphics.  An outer border can be added to frame your "Mixed Frames" quilt.

 

Click on the photo so see a larger example of "Mixed Frames" with complementary orange and blue fabrics. 

Click here for Mixed Frames pricing.

Mixed and Sashed Quilt

The idea for the "Mixed and Sashed" design came from my customer, Sydney, a 2013 graduate, who liked "Mixed Frames", but preferred the sleeker look of a sashed quilt.    The black sashing on her quilt makes the brightly colored t-shirts pop, and cutting the t-shirts just the size needed for the graphics made it possible to include the small 6 inch designs, and the large block of her friends' signatures in a sashed quilt.

Click on the photo to see more pictures of Sydney's "Mixed and Sashed" quilt.

 

Click here for Mixed and Sashed Quilt pricing.

Quilting  Patterns

Quilting is the decorative top stitching through the quilt top, batting and backing.  Your T-shirt quilt will be beautifully quilted with an overall design on a computer-guided longarm quilting machine.  The quilting adds another design element, but more importantly, adds strength and stability so your quilt can last as long as long as the memories it holds.  I can quilt designs that include:   Name, graduation year, a special message, or overall motifs that include soccer, football, baseball, hockey, drama, music - pretty much anything you want. 

 

 Click here to see samples of quilting patterns.



 

Pricing 

Just the Shirts

9 T-Shirt blocks

50 x 50  

Lap size

$150

12 T-Shirt blocks

50 x 64

Medium throw /sofa size

$200

16 T-Shirt blocks

64 x 64"

Large throw /Sofa size

$260

20 T-Shirt blocks

66 x 88

Twin bed size

$320

20 T-Shirt blocks

68 x 95"

X-Long Twin bed size

$340

24 T-Shirt blocks 67" x 96" X-Long Twin bed size $380

25 T-Shirt blocks

82" x 90"

Double / Full bed size

$410

25 T-Shirt blocks 87" x 94" Queen bed size $450
30 T-Shirt blocks 88" x 95" Queen bed size $500
36 T-shirt blocks 105"x 96" King bed size $600


Sashed Quilts (same price with or without cornerstones in second color)

9 T-Shirt blocks

54 x 54  

Lap size

$250

12 T-Shirt blocks

54 x 70

Medium throw /sofa size

$300

16 T-Shirt blocks

60 x 70

Large throw /sofa size

$350

20 T-Shirt blocks

70 x 86.5

Twin bed size

$450

20 T-shirt blocks 70" x 94" X-Long Twin bed size $470

24 T-Shirt blocks

70 x 103

X-Long Twin bed size

$500

25 T-Shirt blocks

82" x 89

Double / Full bed size

$525

25 T-Shirt blocks 87" x 95" Queen bed size $550
36 T-shirt blocks 109" x 94" King bed size $800

 

Shirt-to-Shirt Puzzle Quilts
Number of shirts is a  guideline of how many shirts are needed for each size.  Prices are based on finished size of quilt.
Sizes vary for each quilt, based on how I can solve the "puzzle" for your shirts.

15 to 20 T-shirts

48" x 58"

Lap size

$400

20 to 25 T-shirts

50 x 66

Medium throw /sofa size

$500

25 to 30 T-shirts

54 x 84

Twin bunk bed or large throw size

$550

30 to 35 T-shirts

68 x 88"

Twin bed size

$600

35 to 40 T-shirts

68 x 96"

X-Long Twin bed size

$675

45 to 55 T-shirts 82" x 88" Double / Full bed size $750

50  to 60 T-shirts

88" x 94"

Queen bed size

$800

60 to 80 T-shirts 106" x 94" King bed size $925

 

Color Blend Puzzle Quilts (with fabric strips and squares)
Number of shirts is a  guideline of how many shirts are needed for each size.  Prices are based on finished size of quilt.

15 to 20 T-shirts

48" x 58"

Lap size

$440

20 to 25 T-shirts

50 x 66

Medium throw /sofa size

$550

25 to 30 T-shirts

54 x 84

Twin bunk bed or large throw size

$610

30 to 35 T-shirts

68 x 88"

Twin bed size

$675

35 to 40 T-shirts

68 x 96"

X-Long Twin bed size

$725

45 to 55 T-shirts 82" x 88" Double / Full bed size $800

50  to 60 T-shirts

88" x 94"

Queen bed size

$875

60 to 80 T-shirts 106" x 94" King bed size $990

 

Simply Framed Quilts

9 T-shirt blocks

54" x 54"

Lap size / Small throw

$250

9 T-shirt blocks

54 x 66

Medium throw /sofa size

$300

12 T-shirt blocks

54 x 70

Medium throw / sofa size

$350

12 T-shirt blocks

68 x 88"

Twin bed size

$450

12 T-shirt blocks 68 x 96" X-Long Twin bed size $500
16 T-shirt blocks 82" x 88" Double / Full bed size $525

20 T-shirt blocks

88" x 100"

Queen bed size

$550

25 T-shirt blocks 106" x 94" King bed size $800

 

Mixed Frames Quilts and Mixed and Sashed Quilts
Number of shirts is a  guideline of how many shirts are needed for each size.  Prices are based on finished size of quilt.

10 to 15 T-shirts

48" x 58"

Lap size

$350

15 to 20 T-shirts

54 x 84

Twin bunk bed or large throw size

$400

25 to 30 T-shirts

68 x 88"

Twin bed size

$500

25 to 30 T-shirts

68 x 96"

X-Long Twin bed size

$550

30 to 40 T-shirts 82" x 88" Double / Full bed size $625

40 to 50 T-shirts

88" x 94"

Queen bed size

$700

50 to 60 T-shirts 106" x 94" King bed size $900

Prices for other sizes and design options are available on request.  Quilts with other numbers of T-shirts would follow similar pricing.  Custom quilting, label, Friendship Star sashing, additional borders, or putting T-shirt graphics in borders can be done at additional cost.