I was sure the day would never come, but FOREVER has arrived! What started as a giant box of t-shirts and 4 pair of pants.... over 2 1/2 years ago.... has finally become THIS quilt. I couldn't be happier!
It measures 85" x 67" and is made entirely of my friend Shaun's clothes (mostly t-shirts) on both the front and the back. The only exceptions are a few song lyrics he asked me to embroider for him, which I did on a white cotton fabric.
Though not a "traditional" quilt (and certainly not "traditional" construction methods!), this may just be one of my all-time favorite quilts.
Each and every block holds a memory and tells a story for Shaun. I really can't think of a more special quilt than a memory quilt.
Can you spot the hidden ladybug, hand stitched into the block above?
Quilting this was quilt a workout... it was HEAVY and THICK! It was equal parts sewing and wrestling, for sure.
For the most part, I quilted along each seam with a wave line and some loops. I added loops to each intersection, and did a little FMQ in some of the plain filler blocks.
I didn't want to detract from any of the t-shirt designs, so I did not quilt inside any of those blocks. I also didn't want this quilt to "crinkle" (and distort the shirt designs) so I used a polyester batting, rather than the cotton I typically use.
It is even bound with t-shirt fabric, which was not an easy task! (Note: Spray starch is my new best friend!)
This quilt is far from perfect in terms of sewing, but it is still a "perfect" quilt --- full of love, warmth and memories for a very special friend. After all, isn't that what quilt making is all about?
~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~