Choosing a T-Shirt Quilt Theme

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Shortened book excerpt from The T-Shirt Book by Lindsay Conner and Carla Hegeman Crim:

The theme may be very specific or reflect a broad mix of interests and activities or relate to a single time or place. The quilt can even tell a life story and include shirts from special events and activities of all kinds.

Lindsay Conner

Sports: Many teens have collected jerseys and spirit shirts from one or more sports. A quilt made from these shirts makes a great graduation gift and will surely keep them warm with memories in college. Don’t forget the sports fans.

Carolyn Kellam

Theater, speech, or debate: Most play productions and speech or debate tournaments are commemorated with a really cool T-shirt. Combine them in a dramatic layout for an unforgettable quilt.

Baby bodysuits: With their cute sayings and adorable graphics, they make for the most darling crib-size quilts or wallhangings.

Casey York

Fraternity or sorority: Shirts from dances, fundraisers, and sporting events look great in combination with their appliquéd letter shirts.

Lee Chappell Monroe

Music: A superfan may have multiple shirts from one band or artist or shirts from different groups within a certain genre (punk, folk, heavy metal, and so on).

Clubs and camps: Organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, and 4-H also provide lots of shirts as informal uniform options and to commemorate special projects.

Carla Hegeman Crim

Memory quilts: T-shirts are especially precious because of all the memories they bring back—trips, concerts, and sporting events. Memory quilts are a warm tribute to a life well lived.

Katie Clayton

Carla Hegeman Crim, quilted by Christie Ruiz

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