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18th Birthday Quilt

I wanted to make a quilt for my youngest son’s 18th birthday as I had for his elder brother a couple of years ago.  I decided to make a t-shirt quilt using his old school uniforms from his infant, junior and senior schools and also some summer camp t-shirts.

 I used a very vibrant orange for the sashing as it’s his favourite colour, his brand!  Also it matches his glorious hair.

 For the backing I used a huge piece of fantastic Nancy Crow fabric which my best friend found in a charity shop.  She is the queen of fabulous charity shop finds and this isn’t the first time she has sent me awesome material.  The town she lives near is well known for quilt-making which is why, I imagine, there are rich pickings to be had.  I met Nancy Crow once at a textile studio, she asked me where someone was and it wasn’t until I was in the car park that I suddenly thought “That was Nancy Crow!!”.  For those not in the know Nancy Crow is an American art quilter and fiber artist.  I used a piece of lime Leslie Morgan fabric and some lilac material I dyed myself for borders.  The lilac fabric has some interesting marks on it.

 On the back I appliquéd his signed school shirt and his favourite (laundered!) pants.

 My husband and youngest son went to a horse event for a few days so I took the opportunity to quilt this quilt quite heavily.  I stipple quilted the entire orange area.  I pebble quilted this Ocklynge Schhol block.

 I used various fillers to free machine quilt the other blocks including; bunting, flowers, leaves and bricks.

 I appliquéd his infant school ties on to the quilt near the corners.
 Here is my son holding his quilt up, he didn’t want to be in the picture!
 Labelled for posterity!
Made with love and I sewed my prayers in to it!
Love from
Melanie Xxx

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