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« on: January 13, 2004 08:14:26 AM »

My father passed away last week. I'd like to make a quilt of the mostly cotton button-down shirts he left behind, but I'm not sure where to start. Of course, I could do just plain old squares, but I was wondering if anyone has any other bright ideas about how to construct the quilt top or any special touches I could add? I'd like to make it for my mother for xmas, and I might have enough to actually make 2 quilts.... Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2004 12:37:46 PM »

Sorry to hear about your dad, but a quilt from his shirts is a cool idea. You could use specific parts from the shirts like the collars and pockets to make a crazy-quilt like pattern. The blocks could be a ninepatch pattern from the main fabric of the shirts and the collars and pockets could be apliqued over the blocks in a random pattern. You could use the buttons from the shirts as embellishment. Check out your local library for some great quilt books, or check to see if there is a quilt guild in your area, or a great quilt shop if you need some hands-on guidance.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2004 12:44:21 PM »

Oh, those are wonderful ideas! Thanks so much for the input, I really appreciate it. Anyone else have advice? I think this will be a good coping activity for me, and maybe I'll enlist my mom's help as well... All thoughts are very welcome!
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2004 01:56:33 PM »

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.Sublimestitchin g.com  is all about that...and I believe a fellow craftster pal.

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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2004 02:27:23 PM »

Oh my goodness, I'm getting so many wonderful ideas! Thank you both sooooo much. This is so important to me, because one of the last things my dad gave me was my own sewing machine in a beautiful antique cabinet for college graduation. I think he was proud that I can sew and do creative things, and I'd like to make this in honor of his memory. I miss him so much already... I can't wait to start designing using all these great ideas! Does anyone have anything else to add?
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2004 02:49:26 PM »

what a wonderful way to remember your father.   art is such good therapy.  i'm sure it'll turn out beautiful-best of luck.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2004 01:28:02 PM »

That's a great idea! You could also reuse the buttons in the corners of the squares or something. I wish I did that with my grandpa's shirts.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2004 07:30:56 AM »

I'm sure he loves that you're doing this.

If you have any pictures you especially like, you can transfer them to fabric and make almost a frame for them using the armhole or neckhole of the shirts.  Or, if you can, pair up pictures with some of the shirts (if he's wearing one of them in the pic, transfer it onto that particular shirt).

What a beautiful thing for you to do-I wish many blessings on your healing!
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2004 09:54:29 AM »

I made a kind of quilt from shirts and used buttons in it too, it was a patchwork sewn on a blanket. I will try and dig it out and post a pic, when i've worked out how to do it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2004 08:27:36 PM »

Here are instructions from Martha Stewart on making a  shirt pocket quilt wall hanging.  It swhows it for a kids bedroom but it could be used for anyone.

http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel1486&xsc=SC4756

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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2004 11:13:58 AM »

Okay okay, I'll have to admit now that Martha sometimes makes things that are cool Cheesy

I love that pocket quilt.  Why hang it!  it would be fun to wrap up in on the couch and stick the remote in the pockets, or a little bag of crackers.

thanks for pointing that one out Morgan.
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2004 05:51:45 PM »

I had an inspiration today that I'm sure my Marine/avid hunter father would have loved.  I'm going to make quilted soft shotgun cases for my brothers out of some of this fabric. Now I just have to figure out HOW... If anyone knows of any resources for patterns or tips, please post! Wish me luck and please, all, take care!
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2004 08:31:43 PM »

If you haven't already made the quilt, might I suggest stitching down the button plackets and using the front of the shirt, buttons and all, as your quilt squares?  Then, for the back of each of those blocks, use fabric from the back of the same shirt, so one side would be soft and comfy, the other would be cool and nostaligic, and when you flipped the quilt over, you'd have the front and back of each shirt.  Also, if you happen to have any of his old ties, you could stitch those on to a few of the blocks as though he were wearing them.

I did a quick search on google and didn't really see much in the way of gun case patterns except a historically accurate colonial gun case pattern, but that wouldn't really work.  I might suggest borrowing a soft case from someone and taking some measurements, making sure to find out before sewing whether your brothers have standard sized shotguns.  I wouldn't think the pattern would be terribly difficult, but if worse comes to worst, you could always just line a pre-made case with the fabric.
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2004 08:36:53 PM »

Lothruin--
it's like you read my mind!
I was just thinking about the same kind of quilt set up as I was scrolling down through the posts, then got to yours.
I think this is a great idea, even if I didn't have it first:)
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2004 06:40:04 PM »

This isn't a quilt.... its make pillows from shirts... I had saved the directions in a file.... and telling myself....make a purse??    If you have a few shirts leftover.....just another idea for you.
http://allsands.com/Home/Carfts/pillowsshirts_rqh_gn.htm
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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2004 09:13:33 PM »

 i too was going to suggest transfering photos! you could take some from when the first started dating all through their life. Like a photo album of sorts.
 This is a beautiful idea. I'm sorry about your loss
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« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2004 06:39:11 AM »

I'm actually working on a similar project following the death of my Dad in January.. I'm making a double bed sized quilt. The blocks use half-square triangles, in total I think I cut about 800 triangles (or was it 800 squares to make 1600 triangles?). I think its taken about 10-12 shirts to produce enough fabric. I'm not using any of the areas with buttons though.

One important thing will be to starch each shirt to ensure that you can cut accurately. Shirt fabric tends to distort unless its starched as its thinner than normal quilting fabric.

I'm also planning on using his heavier shirts (denim and flannel) to make a raggy quilt. That's where you leave the seams on the outside and snip them. When the quilt is washed, the seams go fluffy.

So far, I've found the whole process very comforting rather than upsetting. I hope it helps you too.

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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2004 05:48:28 PM »

not exactly a quilt, but i work in a nursery and one child has a blanket made from his dad's old t-shirts. the mom cut off the sleeves and just below the neckline to make a rectagle, sewed 2 together to make the front and 2 to make the back. had a single layer of light batting sewed into it.  so if you have a lot of t's or sweaters, you could make some lap blankets, or regular sized ones.  maybe some matching pillows too.
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« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2004 05:54:20 PM »

awesome idea!  what about cutting all of the pockets out and forming a star with the points (points inside, straight edges outside) in the middle of the quilt?

I'd love to see pics, y'all!
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