Ragan’s Soccer t-shirt Quilt
Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt? I hadn’t, until 2020 when a dear friend asked me to make one for her daughter. I was nervous, but said yes. So here it is: Ragan’s soccer t-shirt quilt, filled with memories and evidence of great accomplishment.
Ragan selected her favorites, and on many of them they pinned a note saying what she liked most about the shirt. This really helped me when cutting the shirts and deciding which parts to use. In addition to t-shirts there are some jerseys and a large mix of fabrics. I chose a few basic measurements and started cutting.
I ironed a stabilizer to the back of each piece so it wouldn’t warp and stretch when sewn together. Mine was really lightweight, perhaps lighter than is ideal. But it was a pandemic and SO hard to find things, so I had to work with what I could get. In the end it turned out ok.
The layout is one I worked out based on all the shirts I had, and I filled in the holes with small strips, patches, or emblems from various shirts. I tried to balance color to some degree, but this is really a gallery quilt. The one inch black sashing ties it all together.
Melissa quilted it for me
, and she was so great to accomodate the thick necklines, patches, and other obstacles to her machine. It turned out fantastic. Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of t-shirt quilts until I made this. Now, I see their value for preserving memory and history, and I want to make one for each of my kids.
Ragan is more than an exceptional soccer player; she is an outstanding young woman in so many ways. My family and I are blessed to know her and her family. This was a fun way to serve people we love.
Because it was 2020, I included Ragan’s soccer t-shirt quilt in my
20 in 20 project
, which I also finished recently. I’ll share it soon!