Keeping The Memories

I have this stack of tee shirts that represents just about every play I have ever performed in.  Some of them have gotten a little too worn to still continue to wear, while others have mysteriously gotten a little too *ahem* small to continue to wear.  I have slowly been removing these tees from my drawer and consolidating them in a box that I plan to transform into a tee shirt quilt.

Never having made a tee shirt quilt before, I am turning to my sister, Julee, for help.

Julee’s Bonclarken Quilt

Check this out!  This is her first attempt at a tee shirt quilt, and I must say, I am impressed.  Most of these shirts have come from her time as a staff member and Camp Joy volunteer at Bonclarken, the ARP retreat center in the beautiful Smokey Mountains.  The denim squares and rectangles are upcycled blue jeans.  Yay for repurposing!

Julee bonded interfacing to the back of the tee shirt blocks to add stability and keep them from curling up around the edges, like tee shirts tend to do.  She backed the quilt with a brown daisy fabric and used a navy binding around the edges.

What do you think??  I’m now much  more inspired to get cracking on that old box of theatre tee shirts.  And, actually, I like this pattern so much, I just might use it for my quilt as well.  What is it they say about imitation being the best form of flattery?

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