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,


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.