Now that my mystery project has been received by the recipient, my grandma, I can share it's story!
When my Gpa died several years ago, I asked my grandma to give me some of his shirts so that I could make a quilt for her. She sent me some of Gpa's (her second husband) shirts and a couple of shirts from Grandpa Horton (her first husband). I cut the shirts up and made up a plan/design for the quilt, then I got pregnant. Time past and I didn't get back to it until this fall.
I really worked hard on the quilt as I wanted to get it to my grandma so she would get the chance to use it! The plan changed several times. A couple of times just for the sake of time and a couple times because the quilt didn't like what I had planned for it!
Here is the quilt top and back folded up together.
The back laid out on the floor. The gold fabric is from a sheet, and had a beautiful drape and felt like satin. It was beautiful to work with!
The basted quilt!
All finished with a label! I had originally intended to sew a lot of pockets from the shirts all over the back of the quilt and to name the quilt pocket full of memories. But as I laid the pockets out on the back, it just looked awful! I asked Adrian's his opinion. He usually just goes with whatever I say, but he agreed that the pockets all over didn't work. I chose one pocket that was light in color and matched the back and used just the one pocket for my quilt label. I sewed it on so that it can still be used as a pocket!
Folded haphazardly, showing the blue binding. The blue was used for a second border on the back of the quilt.
The quilt top! I used a large fence rail pattern. I had never worked with clothing like this, and I learned a lot of what not to do. I still think this quilt turned out lovely.
I had originally planned to make this a lap quilt. When all the blocks were finished and I was laying it out, I realized that I just needed two (I think) extra blocks to make a twin, so I scrounged together two more and went with a twin size. I usually like to make oversized twins, but I didn't have enough for that. I was happy to get a standard twin so that my grandma can use it on her bed or the bed in the spare room.
As is fairly common, I really LOVE the back of this quilt! (I almost always like the back as much, if not more than the front of my quilts. You think I would learn to make the backs first!) Thought you can't see it in this picture, there is a small inner border of green, between the shirts and the blue border.
I packaged the quilt in the only box that I could find that was big enough, a diaper box. When my grandma opened the package, she got a good laugh thinking that I had sent her diapers! Then she immediately started crying when she saw the quilt!
I really enjoyed working on this quilt. I thought about the people who wore the clothes, I thanked God for them in my life and in the life of my grandma. I prayed for my grandma. I prayed that this quilt would bring her good memories and that it would keep her warm and happy!
I am linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday post on Monday Dec 28.