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Thread: T-Shirt Quilts

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    Senior Member quiltingsavta's Avatar
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    Someone had posted a question earlier today (I think) about their grandson going to college and wanting to make a quilt for him. I recomended that she made a quilt out of his favorite t-shirts. Here are 3 that I made out of T-shirts/sweatshirts and a hood from a sweatshirt. My husband's best friend from 6th grade past away a few years ago from cancer. The family was a very outdorsey type of family and very much into sports especially football. He was a stay-at-home dad and raised both boys since infants and was their coach on most of their football teams. When he passed away I asked his wife if I could get a bunch of his T-shirts that meant something to each of the boys and to her. The boys picked out mostly sports related shirts while his wife picked out her favorite ones from all the national parks they had gone to along with some other sentimental ones. He was also one to wear alot of bandanas, so I incorporated those in the one for his wife as sashing. I went to work and made these. I took a hood from a sweatshirt that I used in the quilts and sewed it on the long edge so when they brought these to games, they could wrap themselves up in them and keep warm. When I cut out the squares from the T-shirts, I cut them out along with the back for stability, sewed around them to keep the shape and then sewed all the squares together. I backed the quilt with fleece, no batting inside....didn't need it. They loved them.
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    These are wonderful quilts. What a labor of love and you have given them all wonderful keepsakes. Also, the added hood is a fantastic idea.

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    Oh I love them with the hood attached!! What a neat idea!! Thanks for sharing.

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    Love the hood idea!!!
    These are very nice, what a great keepsake!

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    What a loving gift to the family. The hoodie attachment is such a unuque thing. You are a wonder friend and caring individual.

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    Thanks for posting this! I love to see a new idea here. I am sure that your quilts will be very much loved for a long time!

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    Wow, what a great idea! You should definetly do a tute on this one.

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    very cool love the hood idea

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    What a great thing to do for each of them. Those are so well done. I know it meant a lot to them. Bless you for caring.

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    very nice

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    Im impressed! great ideas!

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    What a wonderful tribute to your husband's friend. And a wonderful thing for you to do for those grieving. I especially like the shirts you picked out for the wife...very feminine with the bandanas for sashing. Kudos to you for your creative and caring endeavor.

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    Very nice quilts and you did a fantastic job. You are a very thoughtful and a good friend. Those quilts I'm sure will bring them comfort for a long time.

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    What a wonderful idea. I spent many days and nights sitting at football games and track meets with my boys and your quilts would have been wonderful to wrap up in.

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    What a wonderful job you did on these. You are a very creative and ingenious Savta, too! :thumbup:

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    Great idea adding the hoodies.They will be wraped in memories and love.

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    Beautiful work! This family will treasure these! What a wonderful friend you are.

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    What a great idea.

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    Very great idea - I like how you added those extra touches. Question - how do you quilt this? Do you Stitch in the Ditch and leave the t-shirt part unquilted? Just curious. Thanks. Teresa

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis
    Very great idea - I like how you added those extra touches. Question - how do you quilt this? Do you Stitch in the Ditch and leave the t-shirt part unquilted? Just curious. Thanks. Teresa
    I did not quilt this at all. I put right sides together, sewed the flannel backing on, left about a 6 inch opening and flipped it right side out and then just whip stiched the closing. Believe it or not, it's very stable.

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    Love the hood idea! Its like a warm hug from Dad!

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