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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!
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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.

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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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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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!

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    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

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    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...

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    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.
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    One more note - make sure you set a limit on the Tshirts. My boss asked me to do one for her daughter, so I said "Sure". She gave me a garbage bag of shirts from her daughter's four years of high school activities, plus some general ones that she liked. As if that were not bad enough, she wanted me to use each one! She ended up with a double-sided king size quilt, and I ended up with a stress headache every day that I worked on it. The daughter absolutely loved it, though, lol

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    Pause, take a deep breath and say "Sorry but I do not have time to make a quilt for you at this time". Then refer her to "keepsake Quilting" who make t-shirt quilts. the cost is $300-600 depending on the size. I have seen quilts from there and they are nice. Better than mine? Maybe . I would not pay that much for one but my friend did and really liked them.

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    Yes please do as all have suggested let her know prior to making the quilt- I would even give her a day to make up her mind. Time is a precious commodity, and items are expensive when you are making for others, then for them NOT to like it-be sure she is involved all the way- maybe even have her cut some of it with you, so she is aware of what is involved.
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    Sharing a clever solution I saw at a Show & Tell: Same situation & little enthusiasm. She went to JC PENNY and bought a plain black quilted throw. She prepped the T shirts and framed them in different color sashing. She fused them then topstitched the sashings on the throw. WAH-LAH It was really bright and cute and less labor intensive....served the purpose. She later told us the recipient was THRILLED with it.

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    Since you are doing this for a friend I would follow the suggestions from the board. However, I want to stress the advice that was given about involving her at every stage, showing her what quilt ideas you are comfortable with, and have her pay for all expenses (nothing should come from you except your talent). Have fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in FL View Post
    One of my coworkers just asked me to make a T Shirt quilt for her daugther who gradutes from high school in June. I have not made a quilt for anyone but family until now. I made a T Shirt quilt for my own daughter and really didn't care for it but she loved it.

    I initially declined when she asked me in August. I explained that I did not feel that I was experienced enough. She approached me today and asked again. She said she is not looking for perfection but rather a sentimental gift for her daughter. And, I have until June so there is no pressure there.

    I guess she caught me in a weak moment because I agreed. Now what? She said she would make it well worth my while - which isn't necessary. The well worth my while comes from the pleasure I get from making quilts. It is also awkward to have to figure out what to charge.

    Anyway, I told her that I would bring in a book of T Shirt quilt patterns on Monday so she could let me know what she is looking for and we would go from there. So, I guess I am making a quilt for a coworker......ugh.
    "Relax and Enjoy" - These are fun to make and there are as many ways to construct them as there are people to do them. Google T-shirt quilt instructions. There are a lot of them out there. Read them over and then "do your own thing." Have fun!! You and the recipient will both be very pleased!!

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    I wish I could sew for other people. I can't even make a quilt with someone in mind. After the quilt is all made, then I decide who I give it to. I get too nervous sewing if I'm already planning on who's getting my quilt. I have a pile of quilts all done with no one in mind. If a birthday pops up, I can go through them and find one I think they will like. That works so much better for me. My daughter's boss wants me to make him a T-shirt quilt and I told her 'no'. I don't even know him. I have too many UFOs and have never done a T-shirt quilt. If he painted, I wouldn't ask him to make me a painting. Would you? Then why do they think they can just ask us to make them a quilt? It's as close to the same thing except quilting costs more.
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    I really don't like it when people pressure you into making them a quilt, if you make an excuse the first time that should be enough. I make lots of quilts which I give away, I wouldn't dream of asking any monetary gain, I like to give them as a gift either for their Birthday or for a new grandchild or no reason at all just because they are nice people and are friends. I have a dear friend who is always offering my services to other people, this friend who I love dearly has no idea the hours and effort that goes into a quilt.

    Jan try and enjoy making this T shirt quilt, don't let it cause you any stress, maybe your friend could learn to quilt herself, just explain to her in a nice way that you do not like to be pressured.

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    I wish I could sew for other people. I can't even make a quilt with someone in mind. After the quilt is all made, then I decide who I give it to. I get too nervous sewing if I'm already planning on who's getting my quilt. I have a pile of quilts all done with no one in mind. If a birthday pops up, I can go through them and find one I think they will like. That works so much better for me. My daughter's boss wants me to make him a T-shirt quilt and I told her 'no'. I don't even know him. I have too many UFOs and have never done a T-shirt quilt. If he painted, I wouldn't ask him to make me a painting. Would you? Then why do they think they can just ask us to make them a quilt? It's as close to the same thing except quilting costs more.
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    I like to help people to, but I always get you bit in the but.
    It always seems to cost me money some how
    Good Luck .
    I am sure you will do great.

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