Winter makes me lazy. I don’t feel like going outside to take pictures. So please excuse my poor pictures. I have no one to blame but myself.
Back in February, I began working on two quilts for two little neighbor girls who lost their dad that month. By March, I was able to have the quilts in their arms, and they use them every night when they sleep. I was grateful to have given them such a great gift and way to remember their dad.
He was his parent’s only son and youngest child. His death was very hard on his parents, and I could imagine it would be for any parent to lose a child, no matter what the circumstance. The girls’ mother came to ask me if I could make one more quilt from his shirts, for his mother. How could I refuse?
So with 20 different T-shirt panels, a lot of Pellon Shape-Flex, and Kona Raffia for the sashing, I was able to put together this quilt top. I tried to use a different quilting design for each square, one that was dictated by the design on the square, and I have to admit that I love this one the most. I have seen Elizabeth Hartman use this random zig zag acute angle design many times, and I was glad that I was able to try it on this square.
I always have a difficult time choosing the backing for T-shirt Quilts. I want it to match the personality of the t-shirts, but also match the personality of the recipient. I have to admit, I have never met my neighbor’s mom, but I hope I found a fabric that could best compliment the shirts. I found ModCentury by Jenn Ski from Moda. It was manly, it was graphic, it was bright, and it tied together the shirts, the sashing, and the binding (Kona Medium Gray). I’m glad I found it, and I hope it matches her personality.
I will admit, T-shirt quilts are not my favorite. I get easily frustrated, especially during the quilting of it, that I just have to break it up and walk away from it when I get too frustrated. That jersey is very difficult to work with, even with the Shape-Flex. So, I hope she sees beyond the imperfections. I hope this helps her to heal.
This quilt is 71 inches by 88 inches, before washing. Thanks for stopping by!