My only older brother passed away suddenly without warning in 2011. I live far away from him and didn’t get to see him very often. Thankfully we have lots of great memories of growing up together. After he passed away, I offered to make a shirt quilt for my sister in law. He wasn’t into T-shirts and mostly wore dress up shirts, which really made the quilt much easier to make. No stabilizer to iron on! YaY!
It took my sweet sister in law several years to be ready to part with his shirts for a little while and when she was ready she had my mom bring them to me from out of state. I pondered several patterns, but finally settled on this snowball pattern so it could really show off the shirt material. The orange and green tropical print shirts were his favorite shirts so I put in two blocks of each print. The center bear shirt is actually his favorite sweat shirt. I could see why – very soft and warm.
I used the inside of this shirt to show size and brand and to add variety to the snowballs.
I used several front pockets with buttons. I also used side seams and back placket pieces.
I used a snuggley plaid flannel for the back so that hopefully she would feel like it was a warm hug from my brother when she uses it. I bound it with a plain white cotton. I wanted the quilt to be soft so I did free motion loops and hearts. Lots of hearts because they were still so in love.
I admit that this quilt has a few of my tears on it. It was very therapeutic to sew it together with love for my sis in law. My mom and I cut the shirts apart together and shared a few memories and discussed how to piece it which created another good memory for me. Thanks for helping, Mom!
When my parents went to visit in Missouri, they hand delivered the quilt to her. I hope, after awhile, the shirts won’t cause as many tears and can become a comforting hug instead. Love ya, Sis!