I actually started using recycled fabrics a few years ago when I made a series of memory quilts for some friends of mine.
Our dear friend, partner, brother, and son, Jeffrey Tarkington passed away 6 years ago this past Valentines' day.
To commemorate his short, but very bright life, and hopefully bring a bit of comfort to his loved ones, I embarked on a series of memory quilts using Jeff's clothing. In order to stretch the usable fabric, as well as add a bit of contrast, I added some commercial fabric to all of the quilts. To prepare the cotton shirting fabric, I used the same method described in the previous post.
Here's the first one, which I made for Jeff's sister and her hubby. I chose a log cabin design, and put a bright orange in the center 'hearth' position.
It's said that at the very moment that Jeff passed over, the fire going in the room where he was gave a mighty huff of brightness. There was no question in my mind what pattern to use for this quilt!
Here you can see all of Jeff's bright plaid shirts and even some camo pants!
|Front of Theresa's quilt.|
|Back of Theresa's quilt.|
|Detail of Theresa's quilt- hearth section of block.|
|Detail of Theresa's quilt- hearth section of another block.|
|Label on Theresa's quilt.|
The second quilt was for Jeff's sweet 'Daddy.' Here you can see Mr. Tarkington with his quilt. I used a similar design here. Instead of the the fire in the 'hearth' section of the block, I used a starry type fabric, as Mr. Tarkington was a firm believer in the Lord and that he'd see Jeff in heaven.
|Mr. Owen Tarkington with his quilt.|
|Front of Mr. Tarkington's quilt.|
|Back of Mr. Tarkington's quilt.|
|Detail of Mr. Tarkington's quilt.|
|Block of Mr. Tarkington's quilt.|
|Label on Mr. Tarkington's quilt.|
The following quilt was made for Jeff's partner Todd. This one uses Jeff's favorite Tshirts. Todd has told me many, many times how much he loves this quilt. He just told me the other day that there was one Tshirt of Jeff's that he couldn't part with at the time, and now he really wishes it was in the quilt!
(If you'd like to make a T-shirt quilt, the fabric preparation is bit different. I'll be writing more about that in the near future.) P.S., T-shirt make some of the comfiest quilts ever!
|Todd's quilt made with Tshirts.|
Well it wasn't too long after Jeff passed that his Daddy went to be with the Lord (and Jeff. ) So I made some quilts from his shirts too. This one was for his daughter Theresa:
|Theresa's quilt from her dad's shirts.|
|Detail of Theresa's quilt.|
|Detail of Theresa's quilt- this little raccoon image was saved from a baseball hat if I'm not mistaken :)|
And this one was for Mr. Tarkington's sweetheart, Ms. Georgia. I challenged myself not to add any extra fabric in this one.
|Ms. Georgia's quilt.|
|Detail of Ms. Georgia's quilt.|
|Closeup on Ms. Georgia's quilt.|