FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I’D LIKE WHIFFLETREE FARM TO MAKE A MEMORY QUILT FOR ME. WHERE DO I START?
A: Start with gathering as many t-shirts, button down shirts, or other clothing items from which a 12-inch square can be cut as you can find for your quilt. Then, complete and submit an order form.
Q: I WANT TO DO SOMETHING “SPECIAL” WITH MY MEMORY QUILT. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
A: Absolutely!! This is YOUR Memory Quilt and every effort will be made to work with you to make sure it is just that. E-mail me with your ideas or questions regarding a quilt to be made especially for you - or a loved one. Further, I will not hesitate to contact you with questions I may have during the construction process so that we get it just right!
Q: SHOULD I CUT THE CLOTHING BEFORE MAILING THEM?
A: Please DO NOT cut the clothing items before sending them to me. Simply send your clean and freshly laundered items. Please do not use fabric softener, as the interfacing used to stabilize the quilt blocks will bond best without fabric softener.
Q: HOW CAN I HANG MY MEMORY QUILT ON THE WALL?
A: Quilts, both small and large, can be hung on the wall using commercially available quilt hangers. The hangers are attached to the quilt when it is to be hung and removed when it is to be used as a quilt.
Q: WHERE WILL MY MEMORY QUILT BE MADE AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
A: Whiffletree Farm is my non-smoking home located in the Black Hills of South Dakota near Rapid City. Your Memory Quilt will be made with care in my sewing room. All work is done by me and none of the work is sent elsewhere. I will e-mail you when I receive your clothing items, when I begin working on your quilt and what the anticipated completion date is, usually between 4 and 6 weeks. I will also contact you and when I mail your quilt to you via USPS Priority Mail.
Q: HOW WILL MY QUILT BE MADE?
A: Each t-shirt unit (the front, back or both sides) or other clothing item to be used in the quilt is backed with a fusible interfacing material. The interfacing helps the t-shirts hold their shape and gives them additional strength.
Then, each unit is cut to measure for a finished size of 12 by 12 inches (or 8 by 8 inches for baby clothes). I take great care in making sure the images are centered, straight and true within this 12 x 12 or 8 x 8 inch window. If the t-shirt image is HUGE - greater than a 12 inch square - some of it will be cut off. You may mark which 12-inch sqaure portion of the shirt should be included with safety pins - or in some other way. Otherwise, I will cut the shirt (and the design) as I see it to be most pleasing. Once cut, the blocks are placed in a grid patern and this grid placement can be determined by you or the blocks will be arranged by me in a pattern that attemps to balance the colors and patterns of the shirts. If you want the individual clothing items organized within the quilt in a particular order, please attach a sketch that briefly describes, in each square on the sketch, which item should be placed where.
The sashings and border are the fabric that is sewn between and around the quilt blocks. Once the placement is determined, the quilt blocks are sewn together with a 2-inch sashing between each row, both vertically and horizontally, and around the entire outside edge of the quilt using 100 per cent cotton quilting quality solid color fabric.
The backing is the fabric used on the back of the quilt. Again, the fabric is 100 per cent cotton quilting quality fabric and can be a patterned fabric that, perhaps, is in keeping with the colors or theme of the t-shirt quilt blocks. We can work together on the color choices for the sashings and border as well as the backing.
To finish the quilt a sandwich is made consisting of the quilt top (the quilt blocks), batting and then the backing. The quilt is hand tied with heavy cotton thread. The Whiffletree Farm signature top stitching is machine sewn around the perimeter of the quilt border. A 1/2 inch double folded fabric binding is first machine sewn and then hand sewn around the entire quilt using an invisible stitch.
Q: WILL I BE ABLE TO WASH MY QUILT?
A: Yes, your quilt will be machine washable and dryable.
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR IF ANY OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION NEEDS FURTHER CLARIFICATION. MY GOAL IS TO CREATE A MEMORY QUILT OF HEIRLOOM QUALITY THAT YOU HAVE ENVISIONED AND WILL BE USED AND ENJOYED DAY-TO-DAY.