Monday, July 29, 2013

Memory Monday -- T-shirt Quilt

My girls were pretty athletic in high school, and both played sports during their college years, too. 

A couple of years ago, I heard of a t-shirt quilt class being offered at my favorite sewing store.  Well, I had boxes and boxes of old t-shirts the girls had accumulated, and I thought, "Why not."  It's about time I did a quilt...although it always scared me ... precision is NOT my middle name.

So, I asked the girls if they 'd like a t-shirt quilt.  The oldest, a senior in college, said, "Nah", but the youngest, a sophomore, said "Sure!".  So,  I signed up.

In high school, she played goalie on the soccer team, post on the basketball team, and did high-jump, sprints and discus on the track team.  She also was in the band.  She had a BUNCH of t-shirts.  So, I gathered up some of the best of her shirts and started piecing her career highlights together.

Now, I've been told I started with the most difficult type of quilt, but I don't think so.  With so much stretch in the fabric, it makes up for the lack of precision of the crafter, if you ask me.  Anyway, it came out pretty even on the finished product.  I then decided to try to scatter some embroidered motifs throughout that were pertinent to her;  a soccer kicker, and soccer header, a high-jumper, a sprinter, a trombone, a bull-dog, a basketball player going for a basket, and her initials and coaches' monikers for her....The Pink Flamingo....because she always wore her hot pink shorts to practices.  I found some paw-print fabric at JoAnn's one day and decided to use it to back the quilt and use as stripping, with hot pink corner squares.   

Its not work of art, but it is a work of love, and I'm always happy to see it on her bed when we go for a visit.  It pleases me to no end that she likes it so much.


  1. It looks awesome, I've heard of people doing this, but my daughter tended tend to keep lots of her tee's, her's would have been more music and theatre but still same idea. Such a nice way to preserve and relive memories. Please don't forget to say your linking up with Memory Monday in your post so we can spread the news.
    Memory Monday

  2. The quilt looks wonderful! Your younger daughter will have a wonderful keepsake! I also have a chest full of tshirts that I would love to make into a quilt. Now I am inspired again!

  3. PS - I could also pack them up and ship them to you, if you would like to try another!! ;)

  4. What a special quilt!!! And I do think it's a work of art, hon, you did a fabulous job!

  5. Fashionable tees became a staple of a man's wardrobe, allowing style-conscious gentlemen to express themselves through shirts sporting creative art and cheeky slogans and this is such a creative work that you have done for this apparel.


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