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.
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.
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.
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!
When a recent customer asked me to make a Queen-size quilt plus FIVE wall hangings from her deceased husband’s clothing, I thought, “Well, I hope she has many articles of his clothing because there will be a lot of fabric required for all of those quilt.”
Turns out, I didn’t need to worry. Denise’s husband was 6’4″ and 280 lbs. His clothing, especially his US Air Force flight suits, are so large that I will be able to cut many 5″ squares and have plenty of fabric for the quilts.
Here’s a look at the box that recently arrived in the mail.
First look at the new arrival of clothing for some quilts.
It may not be obvious, but these items are HUGE. Denise’s husband was 6’4″ and 280 lbs.
Here are a couple great shots of signing stations for signature quilts.
Love the way this station has a “sample” square indicating the need to keep the message inside the 1/4″ space around the edge of the square.
So cheery and inviting!
Look closely–the sign reminds people to write in the middle! (any writing that goes to the edge will not show up on the quilt.)
About a year ago, a woman from Maine ordered one of my Classic Americana quilts. “It’s what I’ve been looking for for years,” she wrote in the message to me when she made her purchase. The quilt I made for her and her family is the one in the photo below. That’s her son, Calvin, checking out his crayons as he colors away his afternoon.
Since the time I made, and sent, this quilt, Samantha (the mother) and I have become pretty good friends. And, since she is an excellent photographer, she’s been willing to do product shots of a lot of my quilts.
It’s funny the paths that quilting can lead to.