Last year, Karen asked me to make quilts for her kids. At that time I did not feel comfortable enough to do this. Earlier this year, she asked again. I knew that I needed to do this for her. Her family has done so much for mine that I needed to give back. I spent hours and days cutting apart his cloths. Then planning and cutting. I learned that T-shirts were not the best material for quilts, but I could make them work, holes and all!!! The shirts were anywhere from his high school jerseys to some from when I was in high school to those of his kids high school years. Shirts that spanned at least 30 years. I seperated them by sports and then size. I then placed iron on stabilizer on each. One of my favorites is his coaching jersey that I sewed shut and left the buttons on. I used his jeans and khaki's to make the boarders and some collared shirts as the corner squares. Every part of the top was out of his clothes. I backed it with University of South Carolina fabric and binded it with the same. I quilted it with a thread that went from red to burgundy. The colors of his high school and college teams. Katie's was quilted with a swirl and the boys with curves. On the back, I placed a pocket with a saying from Karen on it. The pocket was actually a part of his khaki pants and can be buttoned, I left the pocket open where you can put your hand inside of it. This was my favorite part. They are not perfect but I tried my best.
I enjoyed every moment of making these. I loved to quilt and most of all, love the comfort that each quilt gives a person. I am excited to know that these quilts will bring Happiness to Tyler, Katie and Jared for years.
I took these photos in the area that Herbie parked at his dentist office. I don't know why I chose there, but I know he has seen them and his spirit is in them.