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Thread: What did I just do?

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    Member georgiamarbles's Avatar
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    I only make quilts, costumes,and doll clothes for my grandkids...when ask why i do not make (for profit) for others my reply is that i want my grandkids to have unique gifts that no one else will ever receive.

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    Thank you all for the words of encouragement, videos, photos, etc. Your T Shirt quilts are beautiful! I feel so much better after reading your comments. I NEVER would have considered it if I didn't have the support and assistance of the wonderful people here!
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    Jan

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    I have made several similar to the one grandmajo made. I don't really like making t-shirt quilts. Just not fun for me. I recently made one for a friend. I had him google tshirt quilt images and choose one. I told him after he chose one I would tell him if I could do it. I gave him a cost to make it which was not really enough for the hours it takes. People who don't sew have no idea. I gave him an estimate of supply costs in addition to my labor charge. I bought the supplies as I have found most non-sewers don't know what to buy. Shop with her if need be. I agree with others to ask her not to let others at work know you are making the quilt for her as you will soon have a t-shirt quilt making job you never intended to have. Several of my friends, friends now want a t-shirt quilt. I gave them the name of someone I know who does have a business. She charges a lot more.

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    i am in the same situation. I was asked to do a t-shirt quilt for a military member who was previously my Commander/Boss. I was given a stack of shirts, all related to somewhere she had been stationed or something she had been involved with during her military career/travels.. I love this person very much but wonder if i am in over my head. I have never done a t-shirt quilt before (I am a fairly new quilter) but I have some beautiful ladies in my quilting guild that I hope will come to my rescue and give me a hand in the project by guiding me in the right direction.. Thank heaven for quilting friends....They are the best. Wish me luck.... (P.S. I did purchase a book on t-shirt quilting -- hope it helps)
    Bobbie Sullivan

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    I think I would tell her the number of t-shirts you can use in the quilt. When you see the shirts it can dictate the style of the quilt. Not all t-shirts will fit all styles. Good luck!

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    Think you will find this rewarding when she sees the finished quilt. Just enjoy the quilting aspect of making it and should you get paid - use it to buy material for a quilt you really want to make for yourself. In other words reinvest!
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    Another site (for comparative purposes) is www.t-shirt-quilts.com. She is very specific on her site about her delivery times and what you can expect. Her pricing is on the high-end, but I feel that people will value a quilt more if they understand the cost and effort that goes into it. I am working on a t-shirt quilt for my cousin's daughter and I have done a lot of custom placement of the shirts with traditional quilt squares (eg., flying geese, pinwheels) in the sashing. It's an artistic project for me, so I'm willing to put the extra effort in it and don't really expect the compensation for my time and effort. I know they will love it.

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    I think that you need to change your attitude or your negative attitude will be reflected in your workmanship on the quilt and at work toward this lady. Perhaps you should not have said yes but you did and now either change your attitude or tell the lady you do not want to make the quilt. Just think of the joy that the lady's DD will have when she gets the quilt with all her high school memories. I have not yet made one of these quilts but a friends DH has made several so it can't be that hard. Since you have made one already then the second one may be easier. Do the best job you can with a happy mind and it will be great! As for $$$ take what ever she will give you or ask cheap or free and make this a gift for her daughter also. Remember nothing is perfect!!!!!!! Also remember that "NO" is not a 4 letter word!!

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    T-shirt quilt blocks can be very stretchy, so please put interfacing behind each one before sewing blocks together and quilting, as you probably already know. Good luck.
    Theresa

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    She should definitely pay for all the materials at the very least. It's amazing what happens when you let someone "decide" how much to give you. They look at WalMart or remember when fabric was 29 cents a yard and then say something like: "I know this was a lot of work and it's very nice so I definitely think it's worth $25."

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