What does 'panel size' mean?
12x12 means 12 inches by 12 inches. We use a die cutting machine to make a very precise, perfectly square cut (checkout the picture below). Most shirts fit well with these dimensions, but for shirts with larger graphics, we recommend the 14" x 14" option. It is slightly more expensive, as the final size of the quilt is slightly larger, and thus we use more fleece.
Usually if the shirt is at last a size medium, it will fit in a 14" panel. The focus should be on the size of the graphics. Some common types of shirts that look better with the 14" option include: Harley Davidson, Nascar, Concert Shirts, Firemen Shirts, Hard Rock Café, and shirts with Greek Letters.
To ensure that the shirts you send us will fit in our cutting machine:
If you ordered 12 x 12 inch panels - we need at least 13 x 13 inches from each article of clothing
If you ordered 14 x 14 inch panels - we need at least 15 x 15 inches from each article of clothing
After the shirts have been cut, and then sewn together, the final dimensions of the finished quilt squares will be slightly less than 12" (or 14"). The panels are cut at these dimensions, and when sewn together, a little bit of fabric will be utilized in the seam, thus the visible part of the shirt will be just under the 12" or 14" that the panel is initially cut at. The final dimensions for the 12" is usually between 11.5" and 11.75" and for the 14" cut panel, about 13.5" to 13.75".
If your shirts do not meet these size requirements, we will add fabric to the piece to ensure that it fits uniformly on the quilt. This takes a little extra time and attention, and therefore requires an additional fee of $5 for each panel we have to do that. That's why it's important that you send us shirts with enough fabric!