My friend Carol and her husband Patrick took an 8 month long road trip last year, crossing the US from Seattle to the East Coast, down the coast to Florida, then West along the Southern states and back up to Washington. To document their trip, Carol purchased all different types of textile mementos -- mostly t-shirts, but also tote bags, hot pads, badges, napkins and placemats, and even a vintage apron. All these were purchased with the thought of a quilt in mind.
Here's Carol's blog about their trip, she's a great writer.
I have never been a big fan of t-shirt quilts - although I have seen a few that are fun and creative, most are just a bunch of big squares patched together. Carol is a very artistic and talented quilt maker, so you can be sure she would come up with something amazing.
Here she is with the quilt - of course I did not get a good picture of the whole quilt... what is wrong with me???
But, you can get an idea of her interesting lay out and how she added little pieced strips and lattices to make everything fit together. Each selected piece was cut as small as possible without losing the image and writing so that she could fit them all on the quilt.
Here's a few close ups:
Seminole patchwork from a vintage apron, found in Florida.
Napkin from a tea shop in Boston.
San Antonio, TX. This shows some of Carol's creative piecing. Carol & I have been to many quilt retreats together, so it was fun to quilt this - I recognized a lot of the fabric she used from other quilts she has made.
Of course, something from Seattle. There were so many interesting blocks! I wish I could show them all. Carol even did the most beautiful cross stitch of a light house, and Thomas Jefferson's home.
Here's a little detail of the back: I used black and white thread, trying not to have too much contrast on the front.
Carol & Patrick love everything Disney.
Thanks for visiting my blog. What do you think about t-shirt quilts?