Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Memorial Quilt out of Men's Shirts

Just a quick show and tell. 
Wish I had taken better photos of this, but I was in a hurry to give it to the family who lost their young husband and father.  :(  I have had his shirts for awhile now, but Allyson's wedding got in the way of finishing this up.
If you have suffered a recent loss and you would like to make a quilt from their clothing,
It's easy.  It's pretty.  It's fast. 
(It wasn't long enough for me, as the recipient was a college basketball player and I wanted him to be able to snuggle his dad or warm up when needed. I lengthened it with strip pieced blocks. I had plenty of left over fabric from the 7 shirts).
Did I mention the pattern is free?  Go thank The Thrifty Quilter at Life is a Stitch for being so generous and give her cheerful accolades.
All you need are 7 shirts. 
If you don't quilt, don't be intimidated.  It's an easy 9 Patch and Snowball block arrangement. 
If you're new to quilting, This is a Snowball and a 9 Patch together.
 I ended up tying it, because I couldn't afford to have it quilted.  I also think tied quilts snuggle better sometimes.  I hand stitched some embroidery thread around the snowball for stability but it also looked pretty to have the the added color and handwork.
I saved all the buttons and shirt tags.  I also saved my "snowball triangles" and used them in the border with tiny windmill blocks. 
Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Pooh growls, "Do you mind?  I'm trying to sleep."


Decor To Adore said...

What a beautiful, touching and no doubt treasured gift. How lovely that you use your gifts in a way that truly with bless others.

Nancy-Rose said...

Thank you for the nice mention of my blog and 7 shirt pattern!


SewSweetVIntage said...

I came back, following now:) Love these colors! Pinning and forwarding to a friend who quilts!

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

What a beautiful quilt, and it will always be treasured!

Cathy Tomm said...

Great quilt you made.

Emily said...

What a lovely quilt. I just finished a baby quilt made from some old men's shirts but they didn't have sentimental value. I'm sure this quilt will be treasured.

Paulette said...

What a wonderful quilt! Thanks for the link to the tutorial. I've got shirt scraps left from two others I've made, and I really like this design.

Sarah Craig said...

Oh my goodness, that's beautiful! I'm definitely going to check out the tutorial. Thanks for the link! Whoop whoop!!

Jenelle said...

I am sure this quilt will be a comfort! What amazing details you kept with the buttons and tags too. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

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