I took up a new hobby recently and have surprised myself with how much I enjoy it! My mom had several shirts that belonged to my step dad who passed away about 4 years ago. She wanted to donate them and I asked if I could have them. I had heard about memory quilts made from men’s shirts. I did some research (mainly on Pinterest) and then asked a cousin who is an experienced quilter for help. She steered me towards a pattern that matched my experience level-NONE! And then gave me a lesson in how to cut and lots of great tips on sewing the pieces together.
These shirts were similar in material probably cotton/poly blends and I used the blue, green and yellow ones in the quilt. The pattern is called simply squares. The light blue material I selected thinking it would complement the shirt colors.
With help from my sister and Mom, we picked a red material for the border and then added some spots of red in the quilt. Red was one of his favorite colors.
I made LOTS of mistakes on this and was thankful for a good seam ripper so I could start over. For me, the trickiest part was sewing everything precisely and getting the seams to match up as I added the pieces and the border. I completed the top and plan to have it machine quilted. I never thought I would enjoy quilting and was so wrong.
I love how the top turned out and can’t wait to see the finished product.