Five years ago, I made a Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt for our nephew. His dad had recently passed away, and I wanted to create a memory quilt for him. I used fabric from his dad's golf shirts as well as woven fabric featuring balls - baseballs, basketballs, golf balls, soccer balls, and footballs. (Can you tell he's an avid sports fan?)
I ironed stabilizer onto the back of each golf shirt fabric before cutting out the squares. The knit fabric tends to curl up and stretch, so the stabilizer makes it much less frustrating to work with. When I put together the initial 9-Patch blocks, I alternated a knit golf shirt square with a woven ball square. I thought this would be an additional way to stabilize the knit fabric as well as the entire quilt.
I tried to include as many of the emblems from the golf shirts as I could, just to add to the memories in the quilt. After making the original 9-Patch blocks and then cutting them apart, I randomly put the blocks back together in a pleasing arrangement. It was a fun quilt to make!
I forgot to take pictures of the quilt before I sent it to our nephew. My husband recently visited him and took some photos for me.
|John Phillips (1950-2008) with his son|
This photo of our nephew and his dad (my brother-in-law) was taken several years ago. They were taking a nap after playing some fast and furious basketball. Our nephew now plays basketball for his high school!
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