T-Shirt Quilt Size Guide

"The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief."   -Seneca

Utilize the following information and guides to help plan the perfect T-Shirt Quilt.  Note Layout and Size preferences, then Contact Us to discuss the possibilities. 

T-Shirt Quilt Facts

  • Size/Price equivalents determined by finished size.  Please see Legacy Quilts' Price Guide for current pricing.
  • Please send washed, UNCUT garments - if items are cut too small, they may not be able to be used, or may require a per shirt 'repair fee'.
  • All quilts machine quilted, not tied, which makes Legacy Quilts stronger, longer wearing and more attractive than many other quilts of this type. 
  • Garment designs should be no more than 12" square.  Designs larger than 12" will be cut to utilize as much of the design as possible.
  • Legacy Quilts will cut and quilt the printed areas of each garment (front and back), unless otherwise noted.  Each side of a garment counts as one block.  (Ex: Using both the front and back of a shirt is equivalent to 2 quilt blocks.)
  • Quilts based on 12" finished block size, however, more than one garment design can be used in a block when portions of a design are cut and appliquéd back on.  Available in both Conventional and Variable Layouts for an additional fee.
  • Send your own memory fabrics for sashing and borders (denim is a favorite!) or choose a color from our stash.  Let us know your preference, and/or let us make suggestions based on the mix of t-shirts you send.
  • Other sizes and layouts possible.  If you would like to discuss design options beyond these basic layouts, please feel free to Contact Us with your ideas!     

T-Shirt Quilt Layout Options

3x4 T-Shirt Quilt Layout - Conventional

Conventional Layout  - Block Sizes Identical

All garments are are cut 12" square and laid out in a straight grid.  Sashing between blocks is typically used.  

  • All layouts pictured with sashing. 
  • Quilts are available without shashing (joined shirt-to-shirt) in both Conventional and Variable Layouts at the same size/price equivalents.

*Note: Skewed layouts (i.e.On-Point [not pictured]) reduce shirts per quilt by about half.

Variable Layout - Block Sizes Vary

3x4 T-Shirt Quilt Layout - Variable

Garments are cut into 12” squares, 6x12” (horizontal or vertical),  or 6” squares to optimize logo designs.  Block layout can be orderly/symmetrical (as shown), or freeform.

A variable layout is preferable if you have:

  • lots of shirts
  • pre-cut shirts
  • a mix of larger and smaller logos (fronts/backs of shirts, as well as pocket or arm designs)
  • smaller design elements (photos or memorabilia)

Varied block sizes also makes a quilt more dynamic and interesting!   

T-Shirt Quilt Size Guidelines

Pictured below: Conventional Layouts for garment and size estimates. Variable Layouts will utilize more garments per quilt size. 

Most quilt designs will entail greater borders.  Examples below are for general garment and size estimates.  

Other sizes and layouts possible!  Feel free to Contact Us with your ideas.    See Legacy Quilts Price Guide for current pricing.

4 Block T-Shirt Quilt

(2x2 block layout)

SIZE: 24"x 24"

Size/Price Equivalent:
Baby Quilt/Wallhanging


6 Block T-Shirt Quilt

 (2x3 block layout)

 SIZE: 24" x 36"

Size/Price Equivalent:
Baby Quilt/Wallhanging

 

8 Block T-Shirt Quilt

 (2x4 block layout)

 SIZE: 24" x  48"

Size/Price Equivalent :
Baby Quilt/Wallhanging


9 Block T-Shirt Quilt

(3x3 block layout)

SIZE:  36" x 36 "

Size/Price Equivalent:
Baby Quilt/Wallhanging


12 Block T-Shirt Quilt

(3x4 block layout)

SIZE: 36" x 48"

Size/Price Equivalent:
Crib Size Quilt

 

16 Block T-Shirt Quilt

(4x4 block layout)

SIZE: 48" x 48"

Size/Price Equivalent:
Lap/Throw Size Quilt
 

20 Block T-Shirt Quilt

(4x5 block layout)

SIZE: 48" x 60"

Size/Price Equivalent:
Twin Size Quilt

 

24 Block T-Shirt Quilt

(4x6 block layout)

SIZE: 48"x 72"

Size/Price Equivalent:
Full Size Quilt

25 Block               T-Shirt Quilt

(5x5 block layout)

SIZE: 60" x 60"

Size/PriceEquivalent
Full Size Quilt

30 Block                 T-Shirt Quilt

(5x6 block layout)

SIZE: 60" x 72"

Size/Price Equivalent:
Queen Size Quilt

35 Block T-Shirt Quilt

(5x7 block layout)

SIZE: 60" x 84"

Size/Price Equivalent: Queen Size Quilt (large)

36 Block T-Shirt Quilt

(6x6 block layout)

SIZE: 72" x 72"

Size/Price Equivalent: Queen Size Quilt (large)

     

42 Block T-Shirt Quilt

(6x7 block layout)

SIZE: 72" x 84"

Size/Price Equivalent: King Size Quilt

       

Noting Block Placement Preferences

If you have no preference as to where blocks are placed on your quilt, Legacy Quilts’ skilled quilt artists will arrange the blocks to best highlight and balance the designs across the layout. 

If you do have a preference as to how your blocks are placed, (example: "Race shirts should be laid out chronologically by date"; or, "The orange Harley-Davidson shirts should be central"),  please follow one of the suggestions below.

Note:  Shirts to be highlighted should be located toward the center of the quilt, and/or in the "12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock"  positions.

  • Fold garments into approximations of quilt squares with design areas visible.  Lay out items as you would like them to be arranged on a clean table, floor or other flat surface.   Take a photo of your layout and return a hard copy with your quilt materials, or email to Legacy Quilts at legacyquilts@mail.com
  • Click on the quilt diagram you are ordering (above) and print a hard copy.  Sketch or write garment names (using obvious decorations/text from the designs) onto this layout sheet as you would like them placed on your quilt.
  • If you only have preferences for a few blocks, give a clear word description using obvious decorations/text from the blocks.  (Examples:  "Make the Sturgis 2005 Harley-Davidson shirt central"; or "Don't highlight the green Spring Break t-shirt.")

Be sure to make and keep a copy of your layout for discussion with Legacy Quilts. Send a copy with your quilt materials.


After noting Layout, Size and Placement preferences, Contact Us to discuss the possibilities for your own T-Shirt Memory Quilt.

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