OK. I am not writing about this to be snarky or bitchy, or to criticize anyone's taste in quilts - just telling you the way it happened.
I have a LinkedIn page from when I used to be an accountant, now updated for quilting. An accounting person was looking at my page and contacted me about making a memory quilt for a friend whose fiance had passed away. We had some back and forth, talked about using clothes, photos, etc. - the kind of things I like to do - but she decided it was too expensive for what she had in mind. Then a couple of weeks later she emailed me again and asked if I could make a simple t-shirt quilt for less $$. I have a little trouble saying no, so I agreed and we met.
She came with a big shopping bag full of the former fiance's t-shirts. When I looked in the bag, I was stumped. There were 12 white undershirts from Costco, plus two striped shirts and one grey one. No sports teams, marathon races, travel theme... just plain white shirts. I told her this is not the way that t-shirt quilts usually work. She knew this, but that's what this guy always wore, and how her friend remembered him. No, she did not want to add any other clothes - not a button down shirt or pair of jeans? Nope, just white shirts.
After a little more questioning, I found out that he was a Washington State Cougar, worked for a wine distributor, liked music and dogs. So I bought a little fabric and here's what I came up with:
I used black fabric with little music notes to make the shirt blocks into snowballs.
Grey and red flannel on the back -
A simple loopy all over quilt pattern, and folded the back fabric to the front for binding.
The quilt recipient was thrilled. I have a good story to tell. All's well that ends well.