Bloomsday #2 – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt


This is the second of two still-unnamed Bloomsday quilts that I made for {and with} my friend. The shirts belonged to her sister-in-law, who died over the summer from brain cancer. She was my age, so…yeah. Not an easy set of quilts to work on.

My friend came over for a couple mornings and helped me press the fusible and cut them all out. It was nice to have someone in the sewing room to talk to! You know, other than CC.

The border and binding are the same grey as the backing of the first quilt. That one is for her father, and this one is for her husband. My friend’s entire family always comes out for Bloomsday, and she’ll be giving them both quilts then.

This shirt was a leftover piece from the other quilt, and depicts our famous Bloomsday runner statues from Riverfront Park.

We’re big fans of the Bloomsday runners, as you can see.

I have a feeling that these won’t have names until her entire family weighs in on it. Which is fine – I’ll just bring the fabric pen to her Bloomsday breakfast.

The backing is utterly sumptuous grey minky, 90″ extra wide from Shannon fabrics. The Dude had left his Minecraft quilt downstairs and my friend discovered that really, there’s no better backing.

Quilting is loops and stars. Simple, but looks pretty amazing on the back.


See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Tips and Tutorials TuesdayOh Scrap!, One Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

6 thoughts on “Bloomsday #2 – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt”

Shelley Folkerts

You did an Awesome job on this tshirt memory quilt! I certainly understand your feelings creating these quilts. It is very hard for me since I am so closely connected and related. These will bring great comfort to your friend’s family. I really like that minky backing which is something that I haven’t used yet as backing. Thank you for linking up with this week’s TGIFF.


Congrats on the finish. Such a sad reason to make quilts, but hopefully they will bring some comfort to the family.


How was the quilting? Is it harder to do on the t shirts?


You did a great job arranging the shirts, and that cuddly back is just over the top. I’m sure it will be treasured!


The minky back makes this an extra cuddly quilt for the family of this woman. Thank you for sharing this quilt’s story!


Very very nice, and so much meaning behind it, which makes it extra special. What a lovely gift you give with your time and expertise…

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