Marching Band T-Shirt Quilt – Finished!


My high school marching band director {and regular band, and former neighbor} retired this year, and one of the band moms suggested a t-shirt quilt as a gift. I said I was willing to help in any way that I could, which ended up being a lot of messaging back and forth as she prepped and pieced the top, then finishing it up for her.

I did have to do a tiny bit of seam repair to make all the corners match up nicely, because I’m anal a perfectionist. But it was nice to have someone else do all the hard work of pulling the top together – especially of getting people to donate t-shirts. {I never did find mine. Sorry!}

This one is my dad’s. I remember him wearing it every weekend for eight years! {Yeah, we’re band geeks.}

I quilted musical notes in addition to the usual loops. They’re kind of adorable. Quick, someone send me more band t-shirts!

The backing is the same flannel as the front, which also has paw prints as the cornerstones. Because we’re the BRHS panthers!

Sidenote: that black shirt is awesome and I wish I had it.

Because I take theming to the max, the binding is G-clefs.


Oh, and I know you’re wondering – I was in the pit, because I couldn’t tell left from right and tripped over my own feet while marching. I played xylophone, timpani, marimbas, etc – all the stuff too big to march with.

Oh, and just a small housekeeping note: I recently became a Craftsy affliate. They are having a sale on classes this weekend – Create the Unexpected. You can even take a class on creating your own t-shirt quilt!

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See also: Finish It Up Friday/Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop/Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF/Quokka Quilts, Needle & Thread Thursday/My Quilt Infatuation

5 thoughts on “Marching Band T-Shirt Quilt – Finished!”

Dominique Gallant

Very cool. Love the special touches: the binding, the notes quilting and the very awesome backing!

Lynette Caulkins

I’m sure the director is extremely touched by this. Hey, what’s your favorite backing for t-shirts when you prep them?


Very fun T-shirt quilt. I hung out with a lot of band geeks in school, but I was never one of them. Let’s just say music never computed in my head in any form.

Jennie Tracy

Just when I think there aren’t more reasons to think you’re awesome, I find this out. I think I knew you were a band geek, but a marching band geek? I wanted to be in the pit, and I played all those instruments in symphony, but I started out on flute and switched to sousaphone. Had a fake Harley Davidson tattoo to scare the freshmen at band camp every year. It was awesome.

Jasmine Creates

What an amazing retirement gift. It is sure to be treasured.

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