Frequently Asked Questions


What is a block?

A block is the squares of your material that make up the quilt.  A block can range in size from 12 inches to 16 inches depending on how large you want the quilt.  Small features from sleeves or pocket logos can be combined to make a single block.

what materials can be used in my quilt?

I can use fronts or backs of T-shirts, or I can work both into your quilt. I can also combine several small designs into a single block.  This includes using sleeves and pockets. Sweatshirts or tank tops can also be used to make squares. For a quality finished product, please wash or treat all submitted materials so they are clean and free of lint, hairs, or any other extraneous matter that can create problems in the manufacturing stage. ( I recommend washing your tees, sweats, and other washable fabrics in cold water with a cup to a 1½ cups of ordinary vinegar before sending them. Please do NOT use fabric softener or detergent for the final pre-delivery wash as the chemicals can inhibit the fusible backing process used in the final product. See additional details below.)

How Is the Final Design Created?

I will take your shirts, ties or other memory materials you send and arrange them in a pattern that compliments the tees, ties, etc., crafting a border and sashing of coordinating color.  Or, you may want to specify exactly which color or layout design you have in mind, and I will follow those instructions.

What Materials Are Used in My Quilt?

I only use first quality, 100% cotton fabric for the sashing, backing and binding. The Earth-Friendly Batting made 100% from Recycled Plastic Bottles!

Dream Green is a soft, cozy batting made 100% from recycled plastic bottles!

What About Machine Quilting?

There are differences in the way quilts are made. Many t-shirt quilts are not actually quilted.  These are ones that are just sandwiched together, with the layers hand tied, spot tacked, or that simply outline the shirts.  This method results in sagging, bunching, and an unstable quilt.  Quilts by Katie Bug Quilting are densely machine quilted for strength and durability.

How to Prepare Your Materials for Shipping

As we mentioned earlier, all washable materials must be laundered and in good condition.  Stains or discolorations in the submitted materials will show up on your quilt.  We have found that stain treatments such as Oxiclean can freshen and brighten up older t-shirts and other washable materials.  Again, Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets as they interfere with stabilizer treatment we use in the quilting process and your materials will not adhere properly to the backing.  Any materials sent that need cleaning will have a $25.00 washing fee added to the quilt price.

Label your shirts "front", "back", or "both" so I will know what you want for the quilt.  If they are not labeled, I will use the side I like best.  Do not use tape, Post It Notes, or anything with adhesive to mark the front and back of the t-shirts. Use a plain piece of paper with the directions, and pin it to the individual shirt, hat, etc.

Do you accept special requests?

This is your quilt. My challenge is to work closely with you to fulfill your vision, regardless of the materials, just as long as they are fabric or can be represented in fabric. Other items people have used in their quilted items include baseball caps, photographs, golf towels, and bib numbers.  Or, if you want a particular color for sashing, border or binding, can do! Special requests, though, that need large amounts of hand stitching or outside services will face additional charges.

 Are you a quilt shop or do you sell fabric?

 I am not a quilt shop, and I do not sell fabric or notions. Here is a short list of some local shops.

Quilting Essentials
405 Apperson Dr
Salem, VA 24153

Bargain Barn Discount Fabrics
1600 W Lynchburg Salem Turnpike
Montvale, VA 24122

Sew Many Quilts
431 W Main St
Covington, VA 24426

The Quiltery
5499 N Lee Hwy
Fairfield, VA 24435