I am excited to launch my Home for the Holidays event with a review and giveaway for the Campus Quilt Company as features on Real Simple, Rachel Ray and the Today Show. This is the perfect product for any family and the perfect gift for all ages as they make anything from pillows to king size quilts. When they contacted me I had my first thought was “how did they know about my T-shirt stash?”, because I have a huge tub full of T-shirts I don’t wear, but couldn’t bring myself to throw away. T-shirts my father gave me from his international travels, souvenirs from my own travels, T-shirts from MS, HS and college…I have dozens. I used 24 T-shirts on this lovely twin-sized quilt and it’s the weirdest feeling (in a good way) to have these hidden treasures now in a functional keepsake, as they had been hidden in a closet for so many years.
Don’t have T-shirts to use? No worries Campus Quilt Co. makes quilts from sweatshirts, ties, socks, hats, baby outfits and any other memorable fabrics, too! And yes, you can mix and match. For more ideas and insipration look at their picture gallery.
The quilt started out in my living room, but has made it’s way to the master bedroom The T-shirts are super soft and you have many, many choices to customize your quilt including the size, fabric types and colors, as well as optional embroidery or display sleeve to hang your quilt. You can also add sashing like you see on my quilt, which gives it a more polished look and also helps to break up the T-shirt colors. You can also request stippling (looped squiggles) vs. cloud quilting (more uniform and bracket-like).
How can you make your T-shirts or fabrics go from drab to fab? Let me break it down:
1. “Order your quilt”. I put this in parenthesis, because the size and price of your quilt is not final until you fill out the form they send you since things may change along the way. Believe me, you’ll go back and forth on what you want in the final design.
2. Campus Quilt Co. mails you the order forms, numbering stickers (you choose the layout/order of the quilt blocks), fabric swatches and a polymailer to mail your T-shirts back to them as well as a UPS return label.
3. Fill out the order form. I recommend laying your T-shirts, clothing or fabrics you choose to include in your quilt on the floor to fiddle around with the layout you want.
4. Sticker the pieces in the order you choose and put them in the polymailer along with the order form and fabric swatches then drop it off at your nearest UPS store (or arrange for pick-up).
5. CQC confirms that they have received your package and will get to work! They will call if they have any questions or need to touch base with you for whatever reason. Production time averages 2-3 weeks although there is a rush fee if you need it sooner and the production time changes during graduation and Christmas. I recommend ordering by Thanksgiving to ensure Christmas delivery this season.
6. CQC mails your finished quilt back, you open the package and squeal in delight!
Simple enough right? The hardest part is deciding what shirts to use, the order and fabrics. If you choose to use sashing on your quilt I want to mention that the binding is the color of the quilt back, so keep that in mind whether you want it to match or contrast. In my case they contrast as I have tan sashing and a green quilt back/binding. I like how it turned out, but may have chosen green sashing to match had I realized this.
A perfect gift for the holidays whether it’s a keepsake of old children’s clothes, T-shirts, military uniforms or sweatshirts. Visit Campus Quilt Company to explore the different options. If anyone has purchased (or makes) quilts, you know that these are a good value for the time and materials spent on the quilting and they do very thorough work.