Saturday August 23rd 2014

New generation of T-shirt quilts

T-shirt quilts, though rarely seen at quilt shows or in magazines, remain popular in the quilt world. (And thanks to the recent movie The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, in which a T-shirt quilt was prominently featured, a new generation of teenagers has become enamored of this quilt style.) T-shirt quilts can be an expression of who we are, where we’ve been, or what we’ve accomplished.
The January 2011 issue of American Quilter magazine features two traditional-style T-shirt quilts on page 88, in which the shirts are set in blocks and rows. AQ reader Beverly Hertler, a fiber artist and quilter for more than 20 years, sent me photos of two very contemporary and artistic T-shirt quilts she made for her daughter. Blue Fish (shown above) represents areas her daughter visited on a cross-country drive to Alaska with her sister and George (her dog). Beverly used her daughter’s old T-shirts, beads, and ceramic fish to create a quilt she titled Good Times Gone But Not Forgotten (below). This quilt was juried into a “recycled” show at The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey, this past summer. It was the only work incorporating fiber.

Beverly, thank you for sharing your work!

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