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aussiewidow I can sew and read. I found some instructions that seemed clear and concise to me (which in this state have to be the most basic ones around) so I printed them out and read and read till it made sense. I followed each step one at a time and didn't get ahead of myself. It was theraputic to have to choose shirts, handle shirts, revisit memories of shirts, cut shirts, etc. I shed a lot of tears which I find (now) healing. It let me think of something else (cutting and sewing straight lines, fussing w/ my antique sewing machine) besides my grief. And now I have something tangible that will keep me wrapped in him till I can join him again:)
What a lovely idea!
You are so crafty.
Thanks Jerry. We rode Harleys so a lot of them were just natually acquired and some were gifts. The center one was one his favorite rally shirts:)
This is the link I used for instructions. http://www.goosetracks.com/T-Shirt%20Quilt%20Instructions.html
If you know how to sew it's pretty simple. The expense to me was buying the 15x15" square grid for cutting the squares, the rotary cutter and the special cutting mat that a rotary cutter requires-all of that for about $105-Ouch. I found the backing fabric for about $30, the batting for about the same, the fabric for the strips about $18, the interfacing about $43, the binding about $9 and the actual quilting process (which involved me renting the machine at a shop, her setting me up and me manning the machine) about $78. All in all it's still priceless to me and irreplaceable-like my Honey:( I have seen them online for $350-$550 and I can see why. I already have friends asking me to make them one. I have only said yes to one online friend whose husband is going to die of cancer soon. Find a quilt shop in your area and call and ask them if they know any quilters that make these. I bet you can find one but get several bids before deciding. Cheaper if you can find the supplies yourself as far as fabric goes:)
beautiful Honey!! Does anyone know someone who makes these quilts. I have a bag of his clothes on the side waiting to have one of these made.
I love this!! It's beautiful!! You did a wonderful job!! I want to get one done for me and one for each of our children but I will have to pay someone to do it for me. I'm not that talented!! I know you will enjoy it!!
That is awesome, I will show it to my daughter..maybe she can make me one.
You will be kept warm with memories and his love..
Beautiful. This will keep you safe and warm wrapped up in Honey's love.
Thanks! A cold front came in today so I'll be wrapped up in it tonight:)
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