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.
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
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,
, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Variations such as
"friendship stars" at the intersections and
additional borders can add interest to this
Click on the photos below to see larger
examples of quilts with sashing.
Sashing with yellow
Sashing with purple
black "Friendship Stars" with
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
"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
Click on the photo to see a
larger example of "Just the Shirts".
here for pricing of Just Shirts Quilts.
Puzzle Quilts - 2
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
I offer 2 styles of Puzzle
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 .
Simply Framed Quilt
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
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
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
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
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.
here to see samples of quilting patterns.
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