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I have a customer whose father passed away.  She has asked me to make a quilt from the t-shirts he used to wear.  Most tee-shirt quilts are made from tees that have some sort of design on them.  Like the ones purchased while on vacation, or from some event, or sports teams, etc.  This is not the case with these tees.  There are 33 shirts of at least 17 different colors.Colorful Tees

As you can see, they are very colorful.  I welcome the challenge to make a quilt that is both special and beautiful.

For the last few weeks I have been mulling over various designs.  I do not want too simple of a design but it can not be too complex.  The tees will just not work with intricate designs.  But a quilt of just plain blocks would be boring.  My thought is to use a few simple blocks and make a scrappy quilt.

Using EQ5, I started to put my thoughts into pictures.  EQ5 is a quilt design software.


First attempt. I stopped coloring this one in. I thought it was to busy and uneven.


Second attempt. I don't know. It just didn't look right.

Third attempt. I thought stars might make it look more organized.

Third attempt. I thought stars might make it look more organized.


The other day, while sitting at the guild raffle quilt at the Gathering quilt show in Nashua, I was talking to my friend, Nancy Bell.  While discussing my options with her, I had a thought,  put the cool colors with the warm colors within the blocks.  Today, while I was looking for a book that had a pattern I thought would work, I came across a pattern I used for my sister Ruthie’s quilt.   The center is made up of half-square triangles and four patches. Off to EQ 5 to figure this out.

I stayed with the half-square triangles and four patches but added nine patch and fence rail blocks.  I rotated the blocks to get a different effect.  This is what I came up with.Sampler2

I didn’t finish putting the colors in but you can get an idea of what it will look like.  The purple plaid in the border is fabric from curtains he had in his room.  I’m not sure the plaid will work once the quilt top is done.  But I will deal with that later.  I have a design.  Now off to work.  Deconstruct all the shirts.  Then stabilize them with interfacing.   Then cut – sew – press.

I am excited about this quilt.  It should be fun.

I will keep you posted on my progress.


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