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This quilt was sent to me by Sally Carlson, and I was touched by the story behind it. It was made for two little girls, whose father had recently passed away. They had seven shirts to work with, and they tried to use every scrap of them in one way or another. The quilt pattern is "Yellow Brick Road" from Atkinson Designs. A little decorative stitching was added on a few blocks to make the quilt a bit more girly.

The back of the quilts is beautiful as well. Each girl was given a quilt and a pillow (made from a collar and the leftover scraps of the shirts). Can you think of a better reason to make a quilt? What a treasure for those little girls.

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No better reason..what a touching story.

05.2.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkate

is there text written across some of the blocks?
i'm working on a bereavement quilt for my 1 year old nephew who just lost his dad. I was thinking that on the back I might scan some photos of him with his dad wearing the very shirts that are on the front of the quilt, just so that he will be able to remember him in some way when he's old enough to know what happened.

05.2.2009 | Unregistered Commenterlinda p

That is so beautiful, what a sad but moving story. Thank you for sharing xx

05.3.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanie

My mum has just made a quilt for my nephews from their dad's work shirts - he passed away recently and this is something they will be able to hold close to themselves and think of this special man.

05.3.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aww, that is so sweet! What a beautiful way for the little girls to always have their Daddy close.

05.3.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

oh! Sally is my mil! She mentioned your shirt quilt and I've been enjoying your blog so much. The quilt they made is beautiful. My favorite details are the buttoned cuff and shirt pocket squares.

05.4.2009 | Unregistered Commentershandy

I just got all of my recently passed away father in law's shirts to make quilts for my small children. I am hoping that the sewing will also help to heal my missing him.

06.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

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