This quilt is quite the memory quilt. I wish my photos could capture how dear this is! As the maker’s nearly first start into quilting, that in itself is a memory to hold. Based on ideas from the book, A Quilter’s Diary by Mimi Dietrich, this quilt holds a rich family history!
In the quilt, there are special blocks for parents, for their marriage, for each of their children, family name, and lots of fun memories. Do you see there is even an Ohio Star block? 🙂
I wish you could hear the stories behind the blocks. It is so fascinating! The near top row of mostly cream blocks fall across the pillows on a made bed. Great planning! The center block of that row is an old quilt block made by her great-grandmother. Then she repeated that block pattern across the top and my quilting in those blocks mimics the original block.
Here are some close-up peeks at the blocks and borders.
I did custom freehand quilting on all of the quilt. Each block is quilted to go along with the block design and I kept a swirl theme throughout the quilt.
I love this super example of using photos in a quilt. This is a precious masterpiece and I’m pretty sure the receiver would have cried to be given such a gift!
The batik fabrics are perfect with the photos. The 4 corners have special embroidery designs.
I did all custom freehand quilting and used the sashing & the on-point brown corners as the basis for each quilting design. The quilting for the sides tie the cream border to the quilt and then a swirl in the outer border compliments the rest of the quilting.
Several customers have asked about tshirt quilts so I finished this one using my daughter’s shirts. I hope this helps show you a new way to have a tshirt quilt. I like the layout with a variety of shirt sizes and the added fabric pieces between the shirts. I used my daughter’s favorite colors and those that went well with the shirts. It is bright because she likes bright! Not all tshirt quilts scream like this one!! 🙂
I was able to use fronts & backs of the shirts as well as the little emblems that are above the front pockets. I also used small designs on the sleeves. Quite fun!
This quilt was quilted with Superior Thread, Rainbow, Gypsy which is a bright pink variegated thread. Here is a photo of the back showing the turquoise flannel backing and the quilting. I used a freehand floral design in the border and then a variation of that with swirls for the body of the quilt.
Let me know if you’d like me to make a tshirt quilt for you. Of course, the price varies depending on the size you want and the number of shirts.