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« on: October 02, 2008 04:20:55 PM »

First post, loooooong time lurker.  Anyway, my first post is just something I'm proud of.  I worked at a group home for people with developmental disabilities, and one of my lovely ladies has done swimming at Special Olympics for easily 15 years or so.  Anyway, she didn't want to get rid of the shirts but only wore the newest one from each year sooooo, voila, we just *had* to make a quilt out of the old ones. (pics taken with cell phone, sorry for the quality)


Right now it's hanging in the entrance of the organization's office.  She's so honored to have her quilt up, but can't wait to have it home on her bed. 



I guess this is basically what I wrote above, it's the plaque hanging with the quilt.  Thanks muchly!
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2008 04:35:55 PM »

How wonderful!!  I think it looks great, and a perfect place to display it!
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2008 04:52:29 PM »

Thankee!  And any comments I get will be passed on to Lee Ann, she'll love it!
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2008 04:57:29 PM »

It's wonderful!
I've been wanting to make something with my son's old t-shirts, and this is a great idea.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2008 05:12:05 PM »

Very nice! I want to make my first quilt. I like the colours and what a great souvenir.
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2008 05:14:56 PM »

LOVE it... I also work with adults with developmental disabilities... and love it 98% of the time   Grin   Sometimes you just have those days... only I work at workshop with them. That's SO great that staff did that with her!
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2008 05:24:07 PM »

i got the basic pattern from crafty chica's art de la soul book.  it's something like 18x13in (?) each panel, total of 36 of them, then sew them together into a quilt top.  we used high loft batting and then a queen sized flat sheet for the back.  instead of trying to figure out how be able to work together using the sewing machine while quilting it all together, we just used ribbon and tied instead. 

and vwluvervw- i know exactly what you mean.  for every 10 incredible days, there's one that makes you want to pull your hair out.  unfortunately i had to leave the job, but i still go visit my guys as much as i can. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2008 05:42:30 AM »

Your quilt has such bright and eyecatching colours. What a great thing to do with old t-shirts.
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purringbubbles
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2008 07:01:58 AM »

i highly recommend doing a t-shirt quilt like this- it was simple and easy, i've made more for myself too.  i used flannel for the back and it's amazingly comfy on cold nights. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2008 09:46:24 PM »

i don't want to sound stupid or anything, but your post made me weepy. i have a little brother with severe autism. i wish he was able to part of the special olympics, but unfortunately, he isn't. i think this is wicked awesome and very sweet of you to do. i bet she was super happy.
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