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.