Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cathy's Quilts

 A friend of my mom's in Phoenix asked me to make some quilts for her and her kids from her husbands shirts.  He had passed away a couple of years ago and she decided she didn't want to get rid of his shirts and a quilt was a good way to preserve his shirts in memory. She said he had mostly plaid shirts and there were several blue solid shirts.   I designed several quilts for her to chose from and this was her choice.  She wanted a Cal King,  pillow shams and 5 throws.    Her husband was  a big guy so I had plenty of fabric.   
 Cutting up the shirts was pretty time consuming but when everything was cut up, there was lots of fabric! This is only a small section of the cut up shirts. 
 Here are the pieces for all of the quilts.... labeled and ready to sew together.
 Here is a block...   multiply that times 230.  That sounds like alot, but it really went pretty fast.  
 Here is the layout for the Cal King quilt.   Everything in the quilt is made from shirts except the white fabric.  
 Here is the quilt top on our spare bed which is a queen so the quilt hung almost to the floor.  
This is one of the throws all finished.   I guess I didn't get a good picture of the Cal King quilt finished.  As you can see the blue in this quilt is darker than the other quilts.   There were several colors of blue shirts to use for the alternate blocks.  

Needless to say, she loved her quilts and her kids were so happy with the quilts and the memories of their dad.