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!