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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A T-Shirt for a Marine

It's always fun to do something you've done many times before in a new way.  I've made many, many t-shirt quilts, but never one for a Marine.  Not only that, but this is the biggest t-shirt quilt I've ever made.
When he brought the shirts over and we talked about fabric, he said he wanted Marine colors, green, red and gold.  I found this fabric which was green and red and kind of looked like camo to me.  I knew it would be perfect for the front.
There were not only lots of t-shirts but LOTS of logos - 30 to be exact.  So I grouped them together and sewed them into 4 blocks of 3, 6, 9, and 12 and scattered them across the quilt.
I like the way they add a different dimension to this.  It breaks up the bigger shirts and adds a lot of interest.  I didn't realize until the quilt was finished that I had put "Pukin' Dogs" next to Vermont's Finest Ice Cream!!  That's what makes these so much fun for me.
This was by far my favorite shirt - 90,000 tons of diplomacy - that's just awesome.  I did an overall swirl for the quilting in a light gray and used a very light poly batt to minimize the weight.  It all worked well.
It was really hard for me to get a good picture of the whole quilt - it was so big.  You can see the scale in relation to the recliner!
I am really happy with the way it turned out and I think he was too.  I found a red plaid with gold and black for the backing - perfect!  
So, thank you Eric for trusting me with these shirts that tell your story, and thank you for your service to our country. Semper Fi!
Happy Stitching,
Karen

10 comments:

Diane said...

Karen that is awesome and huge!! A great memory pice for him I'm sure

Angie said...

Great story and a great quilt - Semper Fi, indeed!

Karen said...

Some very interesting t-shirts.

Janan said...

This project really turned out nice. I am sure they loved the finished quilt.

Ruth said...

That is one amazing quilt - for an amazing guy. Great job!

CecileD said...

So unusual but so orginal and awesome !! Bravo Karen !

Barb said...

This is such a great t-shirt quilt in every way. You did an amazing job organizing them. I still have my sons running shirts that need to made into a quilt. I'm saving this post to refer to. Thanks!
I know he'll love it!

Cathy said...

I really love this quilt. What a great job. Hugs

audrey said...

What a great quilt. I bet it really was fun to work on this one--90,000 tons of diplomacy indeed.:)

Mayleen said...

You really were able to fit a lot of T-shirts in that quilt! I think it looks great.