More Mourning Quilts

April 23, 2012 at 2:34 am 12 comments

Two more quilts made from Mark’s shirts are finally finished, and only because I had help. My friend Beth Hartford quilted them on her brand new longarm. And then it took me 4 months to bind them! This makes five quilts all together in tribute do my friend. You can see the others here.

Mark’s Mom gets these two and I have just one more to complete, a quilt made from his T-shirts.

This quilt is called “Shirt Tails.” I’m pretty sure you can see the tails in between the Nine Patches.

I have really enjoyed making these quilts, touching the fabric, hoping that they are a comfort to his mother.

I photograph large quilts outside so I get more even light. I pin the quilt to 4′ x 8″ Celotex insulation boards covered in fabric. I have a rack outside that I can Velcro the boards to, but I still need help holding them against the wind. They take off pretty fast. That’s Debbie on the right, and Scooter is also helping on the left (not so much).

The second quilt is called “3D Dugout.” It has a folded “bow tie” centers which Beth tells me as a JOY to longarm. She has to baste each one down on all four sides so the foot wouldn’t get stuck on them. (Sorry.)

I like the old-fashioned look of this quilt, especially the lighter shirts which mess with the otherwise strong contract. They just fade into the background.

It’s been a long time since I used this much muslin in a quilt, and I enjoyed playing with shirting too. I have made several great XXXL discoveries in the shirt department of Goodwill and the Salvation Army. GREAT stripes!

Now on to something smaller.
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  • 1. mrsgoodneedle  |  April 23, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Love the quilts, and the photo tips too! These quilts will be cherished keepsakes, what a lovely tribute and tangible memory.

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  • 2. wendy  |  April 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

    What a great tribute…..beauitufl quilts as well. Sorry that they had to be made out of sorrow. Hope they help heal

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  • 3. Jannette  |  April 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

    What beautiful, comforting quilts for Mark’s mom – hope they provide her with lots of precious memories!

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  • 4. Llynnda Doerner  |  April 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

    oh Ami, I thought you were just brilliant with the movement in the first quilt, until I read the name , “Shirt Tails”! Of course it was still brilliant, I would have lopped off all the tails and had a boring square block. It is lovely and a perfect tribute to a friend. I can honestly feel the loving warmth you have created.
    Llynnda

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  • 5. sue  |  April 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I especially like the Shirt Tails quilt, it has a great Gee’s Bend flavor to it! That Scooter :-)

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  • 6. Lila  |  April 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I believe Scooter is the Vana White of quilting. He poses just like Vana by the quilt showing it off to its best. Debbie did a great Vana pose as well.

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  • 7. Sue  |  April 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Great tribute! These are definitely loving memories!

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  • 8. Ronda  |  April 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Oh Ami, what a wonderful thing to do, and a terrific memory! I wish I had been quilting when my darling brother passed away all those years ago, what a great memory these would have been for his wife and son, and my parents. Thanks for sharing, I now have that idea stored in my memory bank (hoping not to have to use it to soon!).

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  • 9. Wanda Johnson  |  May 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I have a plan… None of my DH shirts will ever go to GW or SA again. I believe most of the shirts that have already been sent away had very little wear. They only seemed to shrink just around the tummy area- no where else! That means they had lots of plaid and stripe life left in them. I might even start saving all my Hawaiian shirts. I can make my own memory quilt.

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  • 10. Cindy Brick  |  May 7, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Ami, these are just lovely — I think you should turn these into some kind of ‘Memorial’ booklet/pattern. (I’ll edit it for you!)

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  • 11. Beth  |  May 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    What a good friend you have who quilted those for you!! ;p

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  • […] It’s hard for me to throw anything out, so I wad up what’s left and bag it. Leftovers can be used to make quilts like these.  Or these! […]

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