Often times, our special t-shirts get stuck in a drawer or a box, while we figure out what we are going to do with them. A t-shirt quilt is a perfect way to keep your memories close instead of hiding them away in the garage for “someday”.
I’ve known Chancellor for almost 20 years. She is an accomplished equestrian and passionate about the outdoors. She retired from her work as a physician’s assistant several years ago and likes to spend as much time with her horses (and usually a dog) as she can.
When she learned I was making t-shirt quilts, she contacted me right away. She had learned a little bit of quilting, but this was beyond her range. “Could I make it? I could probably learn how,” she said,” but I don’t think I can do it in my lifetime.” I told her to bring over about 20-25 shirts.
Then I heard the stories, which is one of my favorite parts about this type of project. One of her sons was very involved in rowing for University of Washington and even competed in Europe, so there were a number of his shirts. Her husband is an accomplished marksman, so his shirts reflected his passion. A family member owned a nursery so that shirt was included. Horses, a trip to the Olympics, even a child’s footprints were in the group. My favorite one, however, was her dad’s middle school gym shirt with his initials on it and a tiny name tag.