Sunday, March 20, 2011

Memories

I really love to quilt.

Even more than that, I love to create things that will be cherished and keep memories alive and close.

My favorite quilts to create are memory quilts. 


Last year I was commissioned to design and put together a T-Shirt memory quilt.  This quilt was for a high school senior who spent his scholastic years running competitively.


His mom got all the T-shirts he saved from runs that were important to him. Then we went over what parts of the T-shirts she wanted to have put in the quilt.

I had so much fun picking out the placement of each shirt for this project.  I was particularly excited about the center T-shirt!  Isn't that a great center for a running quilt?

I accented the ends of the navy dividing strips with this timeless treasures school days print:



Now...this was my absolute favorite part.  When I started envisioning the design of this quilt, before I even saw the T-shirts, I just kept picturing a running man.  


  I designed a stick figure running man.  Then pieced him using the same navy dividing strips from the front and used T-shirts for the hands and feet.  There was a special time that was written on the sleeve of one of the shirts.  I cut the time out of the sleeve into a square and appliquèd it on the left arm where the sleeve would have been. 


This was one of my all time favorite memory quilts to piece.  I loved working with this client and I loved how much she loved this quilt when it was finished. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am currently working on a t-shirt quilt for my niece who is graduating in May from Stanley High School in North Dakota. I live in Wisconsin. I received a box full of 45 t-shirts two months ago!!! It's been a challenge, but I think it's coming together. I really like your idea for the back with the stick person runner. That's great, very unique.

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