So I'm going back into the archives of life and pulling out pix of some other quilts I've made over the past couple of years.
I got started on T-shirt quilts several years ago because I'm a runner, and anyone who does a lot of races ends up with a lot of shirts. I made a few quilts for myself and other runners and then branched out into other subjects. This one was made for a client who worked at a summer camp and wanted a gift for her boss: The shirts all had the same logo, but the variety of colors helped liven it up. I used a menswear-looking oxford stripe fabric that I had bought at a thrift store for the borders and red flannel for a decorative top and the back:
This one is made out of my great-niece Anna's baby clothes from her first year. My niece Danielle sent me a box of clothes, and I used literally every scrap to make this work. The lilac check and stripe sheets are from L.L. Bean:
My daughter Christine played travel soccer for 15 years, and I made her several quilts out of tournament and practice shirts. I surprised her when she came back from a summer in Nantucket with this one made from shirt backs with just numbers on them. I made the quilt back and border with a dark plaid cotton sheet from Ralph Lauren (Goodwill), and the sashing was remnants from Anna's quilt:
A year later, I had this crazy quilt made for her when she got back from New Zealand. The freeform organization of the T-shirts makes for a cool design, but it was a nightmare to put together. I told her she got the only one like that I will ever make:
This one was made for a client -- a young woman whose husband had died. She wanted something for her six-year-old son to remember him by. She didn't have a lot to work with, but I was able to use one of her husband's flannel shirts for the vertical sashing to break up the plain T-shirts. I also salvaged the pockets and appliqued them to two of the plain shirts. The border, back, and horizontal sashing were made from a king-size duvet cover that I bought at a thrift store:
I'm not a highly technical seamstress, and I sew with a 1970s avocado-green portable Kenmore machine. My quilting is all done with yarn--these are all "tied quilts." What excites me is the design--I love that moment of opening a bag or box of shirts and figuring out what to do with them.