Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cool Quilts

That is what I heard at the craft show. My first craft show was a success! I met tons of people and shared the process of turning your T Shirts into a quilt that will last forever.

People got to feel the quilt and see how soft it is. The quilts I make are soft because I only use premium quilting cotton on the front and on the back.

It was definitely an adventure! I met a lot of neat people and the other vendors were very friendly........I can see me doing it again!
Christmas rush is almost over. I am taking orders for 2018. Visit my  Etsy shop for details or send me a convo. Thanks! Vivian

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

T Shirt quilts-how do I choose my fabric?

My clients have the opportunity to pick the fabric for their T Shirt quilts from Fabric.com. I do this because I think these are your shirts ~ your memories~ so pick a fabric that reflects you!

Sometimes clients get overwhelmed with the selection. They are not fabric hoarders collectors like me and it can be daunting!

First think about the person the quilt is for.  Then think about what they like. It can be dogs, cats, sewing, riding bikes, the beach, hiking, reading, watching TV, going to movies, politics, favorite sports team, traveling. You get the idea!

Second what color do they wear. paint their walls, color of car. Everyone has a color they gravitate to. A couple years ago I looked around my house and every wall was a shade of green. My poor husband!

So your friend likes blue and cats.
*Go the Fabric.com and search for "blue cats". A bunch of fabrics will come up.
*Then go on the left side and choose "quilting cottons " to narrow the search down.
*Click on one you like.
*On the right side and the bottom will be other suggested fabrics-lots of choices!

I use quilting cottons for a couple reasons. First it is good quality fabric. Fabric from the big box stores is hit and miss on quality.
Second it is easier to work with. It doesn't stretch or ravel.
Third there is less chance that the dye will be displaced if not washed properly.

I don't use fleece because your quilt is densely quilted not tied.
I usually don't use minky- it stretches during quilting.
I use flannel if it is light weight. Flannel is sometimes over dyed so you have to use care when washing your quilt.
I do use organic cotton. It is really nice to work with and makes a soft quilt.
If you want a solid I usually use Kona cotton or Moda has a line of solids that are nice.