in memory

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.

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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.

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C also requested fleece hearts, if possible.  And some free motion quilting.

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I stitched around a lot of the icons on the shirts.

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This is the result before I bound it in white.

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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.

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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.