Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I've been creating traditional quilts since High School. When it comes to quilting, I am a novice at BEST, but it is something that I enjoy doing in my free time. In the past few years, I have taken an interest in more modern and contemporary quilts, specifically memory quilts. My interest got further sparked when I saw my husband Keith take scissors to the sleeves of his college fraternity t-shirts and start shredding them up to wear to the gym. THOSE ARE MEMORIES! Granted some of those memories didn't involve me (ahem) but that is okay. I wanted to find a way to preserve his t-shirts and this is what led me to investigate t-shirt quilts.
I started by looking for ideas online. There are a lot of different types of t-shirt quilts, but many follow a basic and uniform square/box pattern and have a lot of what I call "space filler material". Not to mention, you often can't use t-shirt images because they are too large for the allotted square/box size used in the t-shirt quilt pattern. I wasn't looking for a one-size-fits-all quilt pattern, I wanted something that would be more about the t-shirts then a specific pattern.
Too Cool T-Shirt Quilts was my saving grace! Owner, Andrea Funk developed a very unique approach to t-shirt quilts. Andrea created a book (available on her website) which walks you step-by-step through the quilt making process. Or for the non-quilter, Andrea offers her services and will create the t-shirt quilt for you.
I have since created a second t-shirt quilt for my sister in law, Sarah (below). We started working on the quilt together, then she totally bailed on me (boo). So I decided to finish it for her as a birthday present.
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