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    Question Looking for a Pattern

    My brother-in-law died and I promised his widow that I'd make a quilt using his shirts. I now have the shirt but my mind is drawing a blank. During a sleepless night I sort of got an idea for a nine patch set on an angle. But then, maybe that isn't the best use of the shirts. I have about 12 patterned shirts that will work in a quilt plus about 7 or 8 solids. He was a redhead and I thought maybe I could use a dark red shirt for the middle of every 9 patch. Do you think that might work? I'm open to EVERY suggestion for patterns or tweaking of my idea. Thanks bunches!

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    If red is the center maybe a log cabin block?
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    Would the disappearing 9 patch work here?

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    I don't have any suggestions but will be very interested in seeing what you decide to do.
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    I have the perfect pattern for you! Let me go find it and I'll be right back.

    Here it is: http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html

    Also, if you go to Bonnie Hunter's website she has patterns that make use of shirt fabrics.
    Last edited by cabbagepatchkid; 11-27-2011 at 07:27 AM. Reason: adding info
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    I made a quilt from my DH's shirts after he passed away. It is my avatar and I think it is beautiful. When I feel low, I wrap myself in it and feel all better. The pattern is a pinwheel quilt pattern and you can find the free instructions online at quiltsforkids.org/patterns/33/pinwheel-quilt-pattern/. I made it bigger to fit my needs. There are several other free patterns on line as well.

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    http://www.paperpanache.com/free/guestpats/ashirt.htm

    This is paper pieced but retains the appearance of a shirt. The example is hawaiian but would be suitable for any shirt.

    Also this site has 5 examples for patchwork
    http://inchmark.squarespace.com/inch...-quilts-1.html

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    cabbagepatchkid, thanks for posting the link. I've copied the pattern and am going to try it as a manly quilt.

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    When my brother died, my SIL wanted something to give all the kids, and family to remember him by. So I told her I would take his shirts, and make pillows for everyone. Everyone wanted something no matter how or what it was. So I made pillows for all, and my SIL put a note on each pillow about my brother. It was really very cool. You could do that. Just a thought.

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    Try Japanese Jigsaw-its another thread on the board-might give good use of the fabrics from bil shirts-deepest sympathy to you and yours and good luck with quiolt-I'm sure any pattern you chose will give a good tribute to him-God Bless

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    I have the perfect pattern for you! Let me go find it and I'll be right back.

    Here it is: http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html

    Also, if you go to Bonnie Hunter's website she has patterns that make use of shirt fabrics.
    What a great pattern! I may have to try this one myself....I have lots of plaids.
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    What about this pattern?
    It has men's shirts & ties.


    http://www.quilterswarehouse.com/p-5...-n-graves.aspx

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    Disappearing 9 patch sounds great - with a red in the middle.

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    How about a snowball block? I quilted this for a friend, who was commissioned to make memory quilts. This was the only one I quilted, but I love how it turned out. I made SURE I didn't quilt thru the corner triangles; TOO many layers to quilt thru!
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    This post by Nancy seems to me a good idea for such a quilt. Would look great with check shirt patterns.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...y-t110338.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    I have the perfect pattern for you! Let me go find it and I'll be right back.

    Here it is: http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html

    Also, if you go to Bonnie Hunter's website she has patterns that make use of shirt fabrics.
    What a wonderful pattern that is!!!! Thanks for sharing it. It sounds just perfect for the OP, as you said.
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    I have seen beautiful Log Cabin quilts made from shirts.

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    http://www.paperpanache.com/free/guestpats/ashirt.htm these shirts are paper pieced...just another suggestion. sorry about her loss
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    I have the perfect pattern for you! Let me go find it and I'll be right back.

    Here it is: http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html

    Also, if you go to Bonnie Hunter's website she has patterns that make use of shirt fabrics.
    This is such a good pattern. I have my grandmother and MIL's aprons and may do the same.
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    Bonnie Hunters' site www.quiltville.com has patterns you could use. She even has a book about using shirts and such for fabrics. A fun place to visit! Lots of great patterns!!
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