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.
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.
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.
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.
Carla Hegeman Crim, quilted by Christie Ruiz