Here’s where you hope your hubby isn’t looking!
My hubby wears white cotton t-shirts under his dress shirts for work everyday. Over the years I have had the kids make handprints and footprints with craft paint (with a few drops of textile fixer) on these t-shirts and given them as father’s day or birthday or Christmas gifts. Of course white shirts get yellowed and gungy so there is a decent turnover. And being the saver, I have stashed all these memory shirts away in a drawer.
And now my man is coming quickly to the big 5-0. Time to put my plan into action.
Manly colour palette, check.
I started cutting out the prints and using fusible webbing to make the t-shirt material less stretchy. I was short a few blocks, so added some of the boys old favorite t-shirts.
I also had the boys do one more set of handprints on quilting cotton. Some of the bigger prints ended up 12″, so I added borders to make the others come up to size. Then a black border. The blocks were getting pretty big by now and I still had more to my quilt design. Block 1 with my youngest boy’s current mitt size
And then it just kept growing
until I got to this…
those grey tiles on my floor are 1′ square, that makes this quilt 5 3/4 x 9 1/4 feet! Huge! Although it was intended as a lap quilt, this will now work well for on his side of the bed on winter nights when he is cold and I am warm.
I have now pin basted and am starting to quilt. October 6 is my birthday deadline, so I better get back to sewing while he is at work.
Fabric note; I am not a fussy fabric girl, and this quilt is typical of me. There are some thin cottons, some stiff cottons and of course the t-shirt cottons. I square up lots and press lots and seem to end up with pretty good results without worrying about it all being pristine equal weight fabric.
Have a great rest of your week!