Condolences about your dad, weahltheow....I love the shirt idea. I've seen an example of a quilt using squares from shirts and a shirt in the middle- aha found it: http://www.bevividnow.com/QuiltShirt.htm
perhaps a bit gawdy, but you get the idea. Perhaps an embroidered square based on a favorite photo? Jenny from www.Sublimestitching.com is all about that...and I believe a fellow craftster pal.
My username denotes my approach to crafting which is to say that I often have to 'begin again' , usually after I've made that final cut or last stitch whilst tired, pressured or pissed (off) and then have to completly start over- I was like this as a kid and thought I would grow out of it, but I'm 31 now and tho my impatience rarely manifests itself in a temper tantrum, I still have to begin again all too often...it's also my getcrafty name tho i rarely post there anymore having found the c-ster.
until recently we've been able to avoid the evil happy face (and goodgirl, please let me know when you stage your musical- brilliant...) here in the UK but it's here and it's in the form of ASDA
I remember when my folks visited here and couldn't believe how expensive everything was compared to Mid-America, where I originated from, and I think there favorite day out is when we ate at a Pizza Hut in the Mall and went for groceries at ASDA afterwards. My dad was trying to encourage me to GET A CAR so I could drive ASDA to save 30pence on toothpaste. I just couldn't get through to them, it's like it's part of the average American psyche (and I don' t consider any Craftsterpal to be average! ) I tend to follow yardenxanthe & leah's creed of just trying to reduce desire and accumulation of just things, stuff- and I find forcing myself to use up what I have and recycle makes for necessity mothering invention....
When I first used it I was surprised by how much it did help give a bag shape and made it look more 'professional' for lack of a better word. I've only used the iron on and it's fine- there's often bit and pieces in bargain bins so check there if you want to experiment. xx