Last year I was honored to be asked to create two quilts from the Hawaiian shirts of a friend's deceased husband. My friend wanted me to make a quilt for her daughter and her sister-in-law so each would have something to remember him.
She brought over a large box that included 20 or so shirts as well as some Hawaiian yardage.
At first I thought I would just put together large chunks of shirt fabric but none of it played well together and my design sensibilities just wouldn't allow it. A search of the internet gave me many ideas. The quilt shown above is a pattern from Maple Island Quilts called BQ. I am very happy with how the separation makes all the prints work together while also making it very interesting. Gretchen was thrilled with it. I like an interesting back so I used many of the larger shirt pieces on it as well as adding a bit from my stash.
I used the same soft yellow as background on both quilts. It seemed to set off the shirts better.
I didn't realize that Izzy had inserted herself in the photo until just now!! Camera hog!
Here is the back which I also tried to make interesting (in a wonky sort of way).
I hope everyone is having a good week. Try to remember
"The pain passes, but the beauty remains".
--Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)