Both quilts above were gifts from a father who traveled extensively throughout the world when his children were growing up. These quilts display the t-shirts they collected from their journeys, and were a delightful Christmas surprise. Diamond shaped blocks were possible because the logos were not too big, except for the few in Kerrick’s quilt which were showcased in the center.
Bereavement T-Shirt Quilts
Bereavement T-Shirt Quilts for Brothers Using their Mother’s Shirt
After her sister’s death, Jenna wanted to do something to help her two teenaged nephews in their grief. She commissioned me to make them each a bereavement t-shirt quilt using their mother’s shirts.
Bereavement T-shirt made for Nate using his mother’s clothes
Bereavement T-shirt made for Pete using his mother’s clothes
Jenna sent me pictures of the grateful boys each wrapped in his wonderful t-shirt quilt:
Nate wrapped in his t-shirt quilt made from his mother’s clothes
Unique T-Shirt Quilts in Honor of Ben
Bereavement Wall Hanging – a T-Shirt Quilt in honor of Ben
Ben was a young man of many interests. His mother Debby wanted a wall hanging that spanned the wall but was only about 20 inches high. She preferred a seascape and was happy for me to include the logos of some of his favorite t-shorts. I made this quilt a few years ago.
More recently I made a throw for Debby with the remainder of his t-shirts.
Unique Bereavement t-shirt quilt honoring Ben
The theme of this quilt were places Ben loved – mountains, forests, rivers around his home in Half Moon Bay. The central feature is Charlie Chan, shown here attacking a chicken. The waterfall is made from a piece of Ben’s treasured baby blanket. The roads are from his Little League Baseball uniform. The VW vans are from t-shirts commemorating family reunions. As are the dogs.
Not all t-shirt quilts are large:
Small bereavement wall hanging honoring Ben
Debby had a specific place for this small wall hanging which showcases his two Ninja Turtles t-shirt logos. The bottom logo must have come from a shirt that was much loved because it was almost worn out. When Debby received this quilt, she wrote, “First, I opened the wall hanging and couldn’t stop smiling!!
Remembering a Wyatt, a Beloved Son
After losing his son Wyatt in a tragic swimming accident, Jason wanted to help his family grieve. He wanted four t-shirt quilts made (shown below) for Wyatt’s grandmother, mother and two sisters. Plus I made one for Jason himself, because he needed one as well.
Grandmother’s bereavement t-shirt quilt honoring Wyatt
T-Shirt Quilt for 7-year-old Connor who lost his Father
Bereavement T-Shirt for young Connor made from his Army Father’s shirts
I made this little quilt for a very young Connor who had recently lost his father who was in the Army. After his mother gave Connor the quilt, she wrote: “Wanted to let you know that Connor immediately recognized his Daddy’s shirts on the quilt. When I put him to bed last night he wrapped himself in it, even gave up the baby blankets he’s slept with since he was born. He shed a few tears and wanted to see his Daddy one last time. These are normal emotions he will work through. But I want you to know how truly grateful I am to you for doing this for us. It’s the most special thing that Connor can keep and remember his Daddy.” These heart-felt words sum up why I love this career.
Shannon’s T-Shirt Quilt – Wife’s Gift to her Husband – A T-Shirt Quilt Made from T-Shirts Belonging to their Beloved Son
Shannon’s Quilt – T-Shirt Quilt made for Father of Beloved Son
Soon after they lost their son Shannon to a motorcycle accident, his mother contacted me wanting to know if I could tell her husband on his birthday which was coming up that he would be receiving a quilt made from Shannon’s t-shirts. I told her that of course she could. She contacted me when I had finished the quilt but hadn’t yet had it delivered, asking is she could get a picture of it before she received the quilt. She said she was having a difficult day and knew it would cheer her up. In most cases I like for people to actually see their quilt for the first time rather that see the picture of it – but of course in her case I agreed. I love this quilt. They do too.
Shannon’s Dad displaying the quilt made from his t-shirts.
The photos they sent me were beautiful and truly enhanced this quilt.
Quilts for the Family – Phil’s Gifts Honoring his Adored Wife
Bereavement T-Shirt Quilt for Phil honoring his adored wife
Phil sent me loads of clothes that his adored wife had worn. I made the quilt above for Phil out some of her treasured t-shirts and other shirts. And the one below for his mother-in-law.
Bereavement quilt for Phil’s mother-in-law made from her daughter’s t-shirts
Phil also had me make a quilt for his son Justin . . .
Bereavement t-shirt quilt for Justin, Phil and Jenna’s son
And one for Jenna’s aunt . . .
Bereavement t-shirt quilt for Jenna’s aunt
He was a thoughtful and generous man who wanted to help all those around him who were suffering as he was.
Bereavement Gift – Aaron’s T-Shirt Quilt
Bereavement Quilt – Aaron’s T-Shirt Quilt
“Remembering Aaron” was a t-shirt quilt honoring a young man’s life. This was a gift to the family, and one of my first bereavement quilts. Two artistic items – the white sashing and the diamond shaped blocks – added to the intrinsic beauty of the t-shirts. Pockets from his blue jeans were attached to the back with labels. His mother said they would be used for tissues.
Bereavement T-Shirt Quilts – Gifts for a Young Family
Bereavement T-Shirt Quilt – Cheryl’s Quilt
Bereavement T-Shirt Quilt – Lizzie’s Quilt
Bereavement T-Shirt Quilt – Chloe’s Quilt
These three throws were made for Cheryl and her two daughters from her husband Eric’s t-shirts. I also made the family log cabin quilts from his cotton button-down shirts (seen under Traditional Quilts in the Bereavement section). Similar patterns were used in all three throws with the distinctive sashing made from three of his striped shirts. Each one chose which t-shirts they wanted in their quilts.
Bereavement T-Shirt Quilt – Bill’s Quilt
Bereavement Quilt – Bill’s T-Shirt Quilt
Above is another example of how a few t-shirts can be turned into a beautiful quilt using a simple pattern. Bill’s family joined together to help Bill’s sister commission this quilt for their mother which helped her in her grief at losing her lovely son Bill. Each person wants a quilt that speaks directly to them. This one definitely says “Bill” to his mother.
Various Bereavement Quilts – T-Shirts Used with Other Clothing
One Quilt out of Six Made for Grieving Family
One of six bereavement quilts made for one family honoring brother Micah
More and more I am making quilts that cannot be called t-shirt quilts, but that incorporate t-shirts within the quilt. On the Bereavement page, I show six such quilts (for five siblings and their parents), each one having a center display of selected t-shirts. Above is Jonathan’s quilt. Cotton button down shirts were used in the large borders, each person getting a different design.
Bereavement Quilt using T-Shirts and Other Shirts
In Peter’s quilt above, I used both front and back of two of his father’s cotton shirts, plus a Hawaii shirt in the center, along with the two t-shirts displayed on the four corners.
Bereavement Quilt – Cathie’s Quilt Honoring Ben
Cathie’s Quilt made to honor her son Ben is a beautiful example of t-shirts incorporated into a bereavement quilt. The center mariner’s compass was made from t-shirts, as are various blocks throughout, although much of the quilt was made from Ben’s large collection of regular cotton and rayon shirts. Really, in a bereavement quilt – anything goes. I’ve even incorporated hats. Ben’s little christening sweater is sewn into the very center of the quilt.
Bereavement Lap Quilt – Made for Mother out of a very few clothing items
This small quilt illustrates that a memory quilt can be made from just a few items. Often people have given away almost all the clothing since they never thought about having a quilt made. Lionel’s sister-in-law had me make this lap quilt for his mother using two t-shirts, a pajama top, and an old wool cap (corners). Vernice was quite moved when she received this quilt honoring her son Lionel.
Bereavement Quilt – Collin’s Quilt – Remembering Mom
The inner circle of Collin’s Quilt was made using his Mom’s t-shirts. Collin was just a young boy when twelve of his mother’s friends joined together to have quilts made for Collin and his younger sister Mackie out of their mother’s clothes. The blue in the center was from one of Collin’s t-shirts which was bought for him when the family was in France.
Below is the quilt made for Mackie.
Bereavement quilt for Mackie made from her mother’s clothes
Below is a picture of Collin and Mackie with their quilts.
Collin and Mackie displaying their bereavement quilts made from mom’s clothing