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Lauren Kingsland

Lauren on why quilts are important...

“Quiltmaking can be an analogy for a well-lived life. It requires the creative use of materials at hand to achieve a beautiful result that will warm and protect you and those you love. Living with a quilt, on the bed or on the wall, can be a daily call to mindfulness of the simple beauty that surrounds us. The gift of a quilt is a gesture of love, to someone special or to yourself.

Creating a T-shirt quilt is telling the story of the person who wore those shirts. My clients have had quilts made as graduation gifts, to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, to blend families at a marriage, and as a tribute to someone has passed away. It is a privilege to be able to be part of marking the important events in their lives.”

Visit the gallery pages to see examples of previous commission quilts. Each piece is carefully made in my studio in Sandy Spring, MD. A commissioned quilt project starts with a meeting to discuss your vision for the quilt you want. Allow 6 weeks for completion once your project gets to the head of the line. When we sign a contract, a 25% deposit by check gets you in line, and the balance is due on delivery. You are welcome to visit your work-in-progress.

Commisioning a T-shirt quilt or Tribute quilt

How much does it cost?

Pieces incorporating your special garments, including T-shirts, are $40/square foot. This includes an individualized top design, high quality fabrics, batting and threads, hand-guided machine quilting, an applied binding and a hanging sleeve. Photo transfers to fabric are an additional cost. Including unusual or fragile materials may add to the cost as well.

25% deposit is required when our contract is signed with the balance due on completion. The customer pays shipping costs if any. MD residents pay 6% sales tax. Payment may be made by checks, cash, or credit card.

How many shirts shall I provide?

This question is a solved by doing the math.  If you want a quilt a particular size, that will determine how much room there is and we can select the number of shirts accordingly. If you have a collection of shirts that must all be included that will determine the area. A lap size (60 x 60”) usually takes about 9-12 shirts while a king size (100 x 100") uses about 35 - 40 shirts.

How long does it take?

Allow 6 weeks from the time we start your project. Each quilt is important and the studio schedule varies. If you need something for a specific date, please contact me 4 to 6 months ahead of time.

To schedule an appointment to commission a quilt: contact us at

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