Proud to be a BIG DOG!

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Paul Pierce’s wife describes him a “bigger than life.” This man, who passed away at age 57 in 2012, was adored immensely. And, he adored so many things immensely in return: the Air Force, the Phillies, his motorcycle, his children and grandchildren, Hawaii, and, of course, his beloved wife, Diane.

Paul and his motorcyle.

Paul and his motorcyle.

I say all of this to explain why making a quilt out of Paul’s clothing is a huge undertaking. Usually, I can process a shirt for a T-shirt quilt in a bout an hour. For this project, each shirt is  taking me 1.5 hours! But I am enjoying every minute of the process. As I spread out the shirts and determine which parts will be used in the quilt and the wall hangings, I think about Paul and his interests.

Each shirt needs to be cut along the neck, armholes and sides.

Each shirt needs to be cut along the neck, armholes and sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because Paul was so large, he often wore Big Dog clothing, a line of shirts tailored to the very big and very tall. It makes sense, then, that I include a the size label from the neck of one of the shirts in the finished product.

The size label from a Big Dog shirt.

The size label from a Big Dog shirt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love including the front buttons of a shirt in a quilt. Every time someone looks at the squares made from this part of the shirt, they will think about the person who buttoned and unbuttoned this garment again and again.

I don't toss away the buttons...I use them in the squares of the quilt!

I don’t toss away the buttons…I use them in the squares of the quilt!

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4 responses »

  1. Thank-You Beverly for a peek at my wall hangings and for your kind words about my Husband Paul. He was the love of my life and a amazing Man, I was Blessed to have been loved by him. He brought so much joy to my world. When I see his shirts laying on your table I close my eye’s and smile because I can see his handsome face looking back at me wearing his Ha. shirts or Phillies’s Tee-shirts. Thank You for honoring my husband in this special way. Our Grown Kid’s & Grandkid’s will enjoy the wall hangings and quilt for many years to come. Thanks-Dianne

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