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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Harley Davidson Quilt

When my husband sold his Harley bike, he had a whole wardrobe full of HD t-shirts literally from all over the world. I wanted to do something to save just a few of the shirts for him in some "Harley Hog" special meaningful way (whatever that means) and give it to him for Christmas. So I asked him to pick out twelve of his favorite t-shirts that he wanted to keep to remember perhaps certain rides or memories .

I cut the squares off either the front or back of the t-shirt depending on which side I thought would make the best finished 12 X 12 square.

I purchased for little or nothing one black sheet for the backing and some of this cool Harley-colored orange fabric for the borders, sashes, etc. I already had some batting on hand. Then I began to piece it square by square. It was finished off with a machine for durability. 

And here's the finished quilt. We both love it! It goes wherever we travel in the RV.

Always save t-shirts! They have such memories tied to them. And they really do make great quilts. Perhaps I can share some other t-shirt quilts I've done in the future.

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  1. That is an awsome idea! My hubby and I ride bikes , and he has many old t-shirts.... I will keep this in the back of my head for someday.
    Have a blessed day!

  2. Love it! you did a great job with it. My FIL loves Harley's and had to sell his a long time ago. I should see if my MIL can steal some tshirts for me. I love how you sashed with orange and it is quilted. Looks great. would love to see other t-shirt quilts you have done.

  3. Diana...what a WONDERFUL idea!! You did such a great job on it as well...I can see why your husband loves it so much!

  4. You are amazing! I never would have thought to make a quilt out of T-shirts. And, Harley D's to boot. My hubby would love that.

  5. That is awesome. We actually just made one for our Pastor with his Lakers tshirts. It was a lot of fun and he LOVED it.

  6. Such a great idea! Wish I could sew:)

  7. That is awesome. One of my brothers loves Harley's also. One year for Christmas my Mom found a Harley puzzle and put it together and had it framed for him.

  8. What a wonderful idea!!! And it turned out wonderful as well.

  9. How neat! How neat!!!

  10. I am totally impressed! Good job. Your hubby must be so proud of it!

    Christmas Blessings,
    Jayne at mysongwithin

  11. First of all you did a wonderful job on your quilt for your husband!!!!!

    Thank you soooooo much for coming over to my blog and signing up. I am so excited for next Tues. To see who the winner is.
    Blessings to you and again it is a pleasure to meet you Diana!
    Prairie Flower

  12. Hi Diana! I just stopped over from visiting Between Naps and chuckled over your comment :Let it snow at my place:
    Love the quilt ... fabulous!
    also love the pumpkin cake from Oct. 30 ...how cute! What did they use for the leaves and stalk?
    Your blog is very pretty... I like the way you "tie up" your posts with a red bow at the end!

  13. Love this idea...very creative!

  14. That turned out fabulous! I can see why he loves it so much. What a neat keepsake.

  15. Great job!! He should really love it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

    I love the recipe blog too. I will be using some of those on my family throughout the holidays!!!!

  16. Love the quilt! Great idea.. and a truly meaningful keepsake. And you recycled too! Doesn't get much better than that :) -Tammy

  17. Hi Diana,
    What a great idea, and you did a beautiful job.Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you also for coming by and for leaving such a sweet comment, I am so happy to put your name in the hat for my giveaway.

  18. This is a wonderful idea! I have been thinking of doing the same thing with some of Katie's clothes, but I am just not ready to cut them up. You made it so beautiful. Did you use a pattern, or create your own?
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I am happy to "meet" you. Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

  19. What a great idea! You could use t-shirts from vacations and so many other "themes." Love it!

  20. That is a REALLY cool quilt. How did you attach the t-shirt part of the quilt? Or was the black area made of t-shirt material. What a considerate and loving thing to do for your husband.