T shirt quilts are more sentimental than beautiful, really... I'm sure it will mean a lot to the person who receives it.
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If you don't want to charge her, ask her to make a donation to a charity you like to help. If rather see money or supplies go to the SPCA than charge someone.
T shirt quilts can be very inexpensive to make - assuming the customer supplies the T shirts, of course. I made one for my son, and cut up old blue jean strips for the sashing between the blocks. The only cost involved was buying the backing and the interfacing (for stablizing) the T shirts. I used flannel for the backing, and the quilt was so heavy, I didn't even use batting.
To QUILT is human.
To FINISH is divine.
Thank you "quilty feelings", your idea of charging 22.00 per square seems like a fair price for you as well as person getting the quilt...these quilts aren't easy..they might look easy, but for us that have made them...we know the work that goes into then..just like any other quilt we make...they take planning.
Missouri Star has a tee shirt quilt video on YouTube that is very good. I've made a couple and also quilts for friends. The best suggestion is to have your friend purchase the supplies.
The tee shirts do have to be stablized with something. I used the fusible that is fabric & just got some more (with coupon at Joann's) but it's gone up to over $5 a yard! I've been thinking of other options & am considering just using spray basting to adhere them to muslin.
I would also keep the layout simple. I like to sash mine and use flannel for the batting. They still tend to be heavy.
Good luck & let us know how you're doing.
Joyce T, RN retired
Laughter is the best medicine
I did the same thing, in a moment of weakness, and while I hated the dullness of the project, the recipient loved it. One bit of advice: take the person shopping with you for the fabric (sashing and back), thread, and batting, and let her pay. I charged my person $10 an hour for the labor, and she gladly paid it. It was right before Christmas so I had a deadline and got it done fast.
Isn't it interesting that when someone finds out you quilt, you can see it in their eyes. "I can get her to make a quilt for me!" Most people don't have a clue about the time and money it takes for our craft. Good luck on your quilt, I am sure it will be beautiful and hopefully you will enjoy making it!
Take a deep breath. It can be enjoyable. Invite her to help pick out the fabrics after she picks the pattern you will enjoy making. Then Invite her to help slect what order the shirts will go in the quilt. Invite her also to assist with making the quilt, either cutting, ironing, or sewing. May it a fun time for you and her too. It might suprise you that she may become a quilting friend. Have fun and enjoy making someone a wonderful memory
I made a queen size quilt and a oversized lap quilt for a coworker, she purchased everything, I just donated my time and I'm really glad I did it...both quilts were cherished by their recipients and I enjoyed the process...that being said I probably wouldn't do it again just because it did make me nervous doing something for someone else...I make and give away my quilts to family and friends, but that's different...
Do you go to any classes? I go weekly and occasionally I. Am asked to make a bag for people in class. I say yes and pay,ent is to pay for a class for me £15 . This means I get a free week as I feel just like you I don't want money as I enjoy quilting. ooh ps. I have them pay for their own material first. A friend tried this and didn't have to make the quilt.
Finished is better than a UFO