Sunday, January 5, 2014

My MS T-Shirt Quilt

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I am IN LOVE with my new custom made MS T-Shirt Quilt!!!!!

Sometimes it is necessary to give ourselves gifts and that is just what I did this Christmas.  Well actually it was a "5 Year Anniversary" gift (as in 5 years since my MS diagnosis which was in Sept) but I actually received it closer to Christmas so it was a combined Anniversary and Christmas gift to myself!

For the past 5 years I have saved each and every shirt I have received at MS events.  I had Boston Walk shirts, Challenge Walk shirts, and custom made "The Bean Team" shirts.  I also had a Fashion Plates shirt, a MuckFest MS shirt and a MS Climb To The Top shirt.  These shirts were worn for walking, volunteering and raising money for MS.  There were a lot of them.

I decided they had been stuffed in a drawer long enough.  It was time to have them made into a beautiful quilt.  Upon mentioning this idea to a friend at work she told me her sister was a quilter.  While she does it as a "hobby" she really should be considered a professional quilter.  Her work is amazing.  I was so happy to have someone local make my quilt and it was even better that I "knew" her.

Kristin met with me and took notes of my vision.  I showed her which shirts were the most important and which ones she could chop up.  I told her I wanted a freestyle look rather than a uniform look.  I like when the pieces are different sizes - adds more character.

Kristin was so great to work with.  She emailed me pictures to update me along the way.  When it came time to choose the border fabric and the back fabric she sent me some samples.  I gave her feedback of what I liked and didn't like and we narrowed it down after several emails.  I LOVE the paisley.  It is so much more beautiful in person but it has so many colors in it that are in the quilt.  It goes perfectly.

I really wish these pictures could do this quilt justice.  It is amazing.  The work is exceptional and everyone I have shown has been so impressed.  My quilt makes quite the statement.  To me it tells a thousand stories and holds countless memories.

I am so happy to have all of these shirts in a quilt rather than in a drawer.  I know it will always be a special piece in my MS journey.  I think it sums up the last 5 years in the best way possible!

Have you ever made or hired someone to make a T-Shirt quilt?

If you are interested in hiring Kristin let me know and I will give you her contact info!  I couldn't give her any higher of a recommendation.  She is so talented and sweet!


  1. I love this! You're going to need an additional one every few years- you're so busy with events :)

  2. That is so cool! And gives me a good idea for what to do with road race t-shirts some day.

  3. Wow, that is freaking awesome!!! What a great idea to do something with all those shirts, that, no doubt, just sit taking space in drawers and closets. So cool, I love that you have something that can be on display, that you can snuggle up with to keep warm, and it's totally a conversation piece!

    When my sister's sister-in-law's husband Greg passed away, we all chipped in to have quilts make from his clothes for his three, very young daughters. I think we did it for maybe their first father's day without him. I don't remember. Anyway, it was just as amazing, and such a great way to cherish memories! 5+ years later, the girls still have the quilts on their beds.

  4. This is amazing! What an awesome keepsake

  5. wow this turned out so great! can't believe that she only does quilting as a hobby. this is beautiful and a great keepsake for you.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  6. That's awesome! My aunt is a quilter. I'm gathering some of MFD's old shirts to give to her.

  7. What a beautiful quilt and such a great way to get those shirts out of your drawers and on display.

  8. This is so awesome! I love that it has such special meaning. My sister made one for my husband, but the shirts were no this interesting. I love it!

  9. That's so awesome!! What a great thing to have to remember the first few years of your journey. :)

  10. Beautifully done and fun to read about! I love the way you've pieced your pictures together too!