I recently had a commission from a woman who had a tote bin full of her deceased dad’s t-shirts. Quilting in crisp to quality cotton is the best, but there is something special about being able to create something new to treasure from a loved ones old clothes. I have made a few different memory quilts and one other t-shirt quilt, so I had a bit of a plan on how to attack this challenge.
First big step is to cut the images out of the t-shirts, and attach interfacing so that the t-shirts don’t stretch when attached to cotton. Then layout…
These were the first parts I had a clear picture of in my mind.
C requested NOT the traditional t-shirt quilt of all just t-shirts. Also lots of white if possible. Lots of dark t-shirts made that a challenge.
So more playing with layout, leaving space for white.
Finally put it all together.
C also requested fleece hearts, if possible. And some free motion quilting.
I stitched around a lot of the icons on the shirts.
This is the result before I bound it in white.
I stipple quilted all the white, adding a heart shape here and there, and for an extra touch, I put C’s dad’s name in the quilting. Right near his photo.
C had a few squeals and claps and a big grin. I take that as a satisfied customer.
This one was 5 1/2 by 7 feet. Big! I worked from the center outwards in all directions, no puckers! I often add a pucker or two for character;) heehee.
Now back to all my WIPS. Oh wait, it’s baseball season. Better cut a few hand quilting projects to do in the stands!
Enjoy the sunshine.