My 2011 contribution to the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research was to make a t-shirt quilt for the winning bidder. The winner gave me a pile of old t-shirts and I turned them into a twin-sized quilt. This turned out to be an especially fun thing to do, because this pile of old t-shirts represent special memories for their owner. It was interesting to get a small glimpse into the life of the winner.
My first task was to turn the shirts into blocks. Because the motifs were of various sizes, I had to do some planning. Fortunately the winner was willing to let me design this however I liked. Being a tad anal, I decided I wanted a symmetrical look to the quilt. I also did my best to balance the colors, although that orange t-shirt did throw things off! I created 10 12-inch square blocks and then 4 blocks, all 15 inches wide, but of varying heights. Here is the layout I decided on:
I had a discussion with the winner. We decided green would make a nice background for the shirts. I did some shopping and showed her some small samples of green fabrics. She selected the dark green used for the outer border. She also liked the lighter green; I ended up needing to use it for the vertical sashing and then I used it for the backing. I like the extra spark two shades of green give the quilt. Here it is after I finished quilting it, but before I added the binding.
Here's a look at the finished quilt:
So, our winner is a graduate of Maryland Law School, with ties to Ohio, who loves dogs, and has vacationed in some interesting spots.
What do your t-shirts say about you? And would you like to preserve those shirts in a quilt made by me? Email me for my rates and scheduling.