T-Shirt Quilt Treasure

T-Shirt Quilt

HH handed me a stack of t-shirts to donate to Salvation Army in October.  Not that I wanted to keep anything from Salvation Army, but as I looked through the stack, I became sad.  Why did HH want to get rid of these hard-earned t-shirts?

Most of the shirts were given to HH when he ran the Peachtree Road Race, a 10-k run held in Atlanta each year.  He participated in the run many times while we lived there, and each run held fun memories.  He’s had most of these t-shirts ruined by farm work, car repairs, or whatever, but this batch he gave me was the very last of the collection.

Included with this group was a shirt from a smaller race that HH ran with Fun Son when he was just a little guy – a sort of father/son thing.  It was Fun Son’s very first official run, earning him a t-shirt, too.

I decided to visit Silly Whispers Quilt Shop to see if I had enough shirts to make a quilt.  Before going, I needed to collect every shirt I could find.  I searched Fun Son’s closet and drawers for others, since he ran The Peachtree with HH a couple of times when he grew old enough.

Treasured Quilt

FS would want you to know he crossed the finish line first.  Not that it matters, of course, but a 12-year-old has something to prove.  Never mind the fact that he was told emphatically to stay with his dad and not get separated from him among 50,000+ people!

I should also mention that in the last 20 seconds of the race, FS darted through the crowd and sprinted to the finish line while HH was stuck behind people he couldn’t squeeze between in his adult body.  I didn’t see it with my own eyes, of course.  FS was always pretty sneaky, so I have to believe HH’s story on the matter.   The kid clearly deserved punishment for disobedience!  But, we caved.  Hopefully, we didn’t ruin him forever.

Since I wanted a throw size quilt and not one to cover a bed, Silly Whispers was able to make it with the shirts I took to them.  There were a couple of shirts from other random races, but I did the best I could with what I had.  They told me there was no way it would be finished before Christmas.

OK, this could be an “I was thinking of you” gift – or maybe I could save it for Valentine’s Day.

But, surprise!  I got a call from Silly Whispers the week before Christmas.  It was finished, and I was thrilled and completely excited for Christmas morning to get here quick – before I spilled the secret!

Here is HH’s Christmas gift from last year – the red recliner (color, my choice) – with the quilt that he says was his favorite Christmas gift this year.  I’m happy to report it’s the warmest quilt in the house, and we all race for it when we’re cold (which is often this week).

Favorite Quilt in Favorite Chair

The back of the quilt is made of warm flannel fabric, much like a man’s winter shirt.  The fabric strips quilted around the shirts is a soft light-weight denim – another type of man’s shirt fabric.  I wanted HH to feel right at home with his quilt. 😉

If you have some t-shirts you can’t part with, contact Silly Whispers Quilts and Fabrics.  They make quality quilts and have done many orders by mail.  You might like to look around their website a little before you click their Info and Orders page to contact this fun group of women.

Meanwhile, I hope you find some flannel to wrap yourself in to keep warm.  And, maybe find a fireplace.  Do you have record-breaking temperatures at your house, too?

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  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I love this idea. They certainly did make a beautiful memory quilt for you for your HH.

    I just yesterday did a search on how to make a Cathedral Window quilt….. I have done one, but so many years ago I had forgotten quite how to do the folds for the base of the quilt. And I still can’t remember which way I did it, but now I have two options and both reminded me of how to start making another, hopefully large one….. might take me the rest of my life though. I am trying to decide if I should do it all by hand or cheat with the base use my sewing machine.

    • Kim Hood says

      Thank you, Sheryll. Yes, we are extremely happy with the quality. Silly Whispers makes machine-quilted quilts. Yours will be worth it when it’s completed – especially with your time invested in it. 🙂

  2. says

    I love this! Having danced for 33 years of my life (clearly, I was dancing in the womb, I couldn’t be as old as that), I have many tee-shirts. Each year I received a tee-shirt for that year’s recital theme, complete with the names of all of my dance mates and students on the back. I have always wanted to turn the many tee-shirts (many of which I do not wear, due to the style and cut of the boxy tee-shirts) into a quilt that I could use and admire. I wish I had your skills. Hmmmm, perhaps there is a business opportunity here for you? You know, I (or anyone) could ship you the tee-shirts, and in turn you create a beautiful quilt – paid of course. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing. I bet this was the best gift ever!

      • Kim Hood says

        I appreciate your confidence in me! I think quilts are beautiful, but I’ve never had the desire to make them myself. I fear if I ever got started, I’d never dig out from under. 🙂

    • Kim Hood says

      Thank you, Christine! It’s great to hear from you again. I’ve missed you! A dance recital tee quilt would be wonderful! The ladies at Silly Whispers would do a fantastic job for you, and I know they would be reliable in getting it back to you. I hope you’ve been well! 🙂