I have to share the story of Kassandra and her T Shirt quilt.
Step 1: the box arrived in the mail.
The T shirts arrived and they were so beautifully folded. She had every shirt marked exactly what she wanted in her quilt. This girl is organized!
Step 2: Kassandra didn't want anything to detract from the shirts and they were a lot of different colors. Her choice of coordinating colors: Black and White. This was a first for me and it worked great.
Step 3: I interfaced all the T shirts and did a trial layout to get a feel of what would fit where. Kassandra had a lot of shirts and I wanted to use them all if possible.
Step 4: I combined the sashing fabrics with the T shirts, moved things around a little and I had
A FINISHED T SHIRT MEMORY QUILT!
Step 5: I received the most thoughtful letter from Kassandra and I just had to share it with you. This really made my day!
"This quilt is beyond perfect; it is everything I had hoped for and so much more. I don't think you have any idea how very much this means to me. You did an awesome job and certainly have a vision for this sort of thing.
Although it sounds sort of cheesy, all of these T-shirts were associated with memories for me. Although I know that high school will by no means be the best part of my life, there were a lot of things that I enjoyed, and I know I really built a strong base for myself there, from which I'm sure I will be more comfortable off at school. I'm sure one day when I'm missing some home-cooked meals I'll stare at it longingly and it will be a great comfort.
When my sister had the idea I was beyond excited. My T-shirts were getting worn out but I was too sentimental to get rid of them. At first we considered, being the crafty people that we are, attempting to make it ourselves, but I quickly nixed the idea, not wanting our first half-cocked attempt to ruin my T-shirts forever. This was definitely a job for the professionals, and I could not have picked anyone better, nor would I ever go to anyone else in the future for something so important to me.
So thnk you Barb, from the bottom of my heart, I love this quilt more than I can put into words, and it means so very much to me. You are truly a miracle worker.
With the upmost appreciation, always,"
How's that for appreciation from a HIGH SCHOOL girl who will be graduating this year!!! Congratulations, Kassandra in whatever your future plans are. I am sure you will go far.
I will be teaching a T-shirt making class at the Quilt and Sewing Expo at UW Platteville this summer.
Check it out here: http://www.uwplatt.edu/cont_ed/sewing_expo/index.html