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Thread: Tshirt Quilt Problem

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    bdm is offline
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    Tshirt Quilt Problem

    My mother had a tshirt quilt made for me for Christmas. She accidentally took the wrong pile of tshirts to the quilter. There are 25 squares and 8 of them need to be replaced. What is the best course of action? Re-do the entire quilt or can the 8 squares be quilted over? Your advice is appreciated.

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    It depends on how it's constructed & how heavily it's quilted. Hard to answer without seeing it. If the person who originally made the quilt is going to do the work, I would contact them.
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    Super Member meyert's Avatar
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    I agree with PaperPrincess. the possibility of changing out those 8 will depend on construction and where they are placed on the quilt top. I will say that it will be a big job to change them out. The 8 that were left off must be the favorites? How about using those to make another quilt? throw size?

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. It looks like this is your first post so I will assume you may not quilt? A t-shirt quilt is quite expensive to make if the shirts were ironed to fusible interfacing to prevent stretching. It is also about $150 to get it professionally quilted or more depending on the size.
    If you intend to change shirts the quilting would need to be removed and redone which will add to the cost. If you have shirts you want in it, I would suggest turning the seam allowance under on the squares of t-shirt edges and just hand top stitch them over the ones there.

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    Super Member Jeanne S's Avatar
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    Depending upon how heavily the quilt was originally quilted, removing and replacing squares could be a very time consuming and therefore expensive task. All the quilting stitches would have to be picked out by hand on those blocks, as well as removing the seams of the blocks . Then the new shirt squares would have to be properly prepared/interfaced and hand sewn back into the quilt, and then re quilted to match the rest of the quilt. In my opinion all this would be nearly as much work as making the original quilt. Unless you just have your heart set on having it redone and being prepared to pay the cost, I would suggest you consider having the other 8 t-shirts made into an entirely new quilt.

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    Senior Member cindi's Avatar
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    If she had the quilt made for you and didn't make it herself, it probably cost her upwards of $200-300 to have it made. No matter what type of quilting it has, it will take more time (and we're talking weeks of time - not hours) to deconstruct, put in new shirts and re-quilt. Thank your mom profusely for the beautiful quilt, ask her who did it, and pay them to make a new quilt from the missing shirts. Then you'll have two!!
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