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Quilt Block Mania 2021: So You've Been There...Did You Get The T-Shirt? (Free Pattern)

Hello friends! It's time for another round of Quilt Block Mania. The theme for June is "International" which reminds me of traveling. One of my favorite things to bring home when I travel are T-shirts. So, this month, I am sharing a simple block pattern called "Making Memories" that is perfect for setting T-shirts. I will also share a coloring page for a T-Shirt/Memory quilt that you can customize however you'd like.

I drafted "Making Memories" in black and white:

To make this block:

  1. Cut 4 black pieces 2.5" x 5.5"

  2. Cut 4 white pieces 5.5" x 5.5"

  3. Cut 1 white piece 2.5" x 2.5"

  4. Sew together as a 9-patch

I am currently working on a T-shirt/Memory quilt for my oldest daughter who is graduating high school. I am using my "Making Memories" block as filler blocks to accent her T-shirts in this layout:

Here are the shirts, plus her all-time favorite shorts, that she's been saving for her quilt:

I took inventory of the colors represented in this pile of eighteen shirts (1 red, 1 green, 1 purple, 1 turquoise, 3 navy, 5 dark grey/black, 5 light grey/white) and began to color the quilt:

She asked me to sprinkle little bits of her pink shorts throughout the quilt. I rearranged the shirts so I could see them as they would appear in the quilt:

Up next I went through my stash of fabrics to find pieces that relate to her passions. I pulled out several prints with snowflakes, cellos, s'mores, music notes, and printed text as well as solids that would accent some of the colors in the shirts:

Next it's time to start cutting and sewing:

I hope you will consider trying out my "Making Memories" quilt block. These blocks make great accents for T-shirt quilts but would also be really great as an "I-Spy" quilt with a wide variety of themed fabrics. If you make this block, please share on social media #bhqmakingmemoriesblock and tag me @blueheronquilting.

Here is a PDF coloring page for the quilt layout shown above. Please note that you will need about 2.5 yards of fabric for the sashing and cornerstones (I'm using Kona Black).

Memory Quilt Coloring Page
Download PDF • 116KB

And, here are the links to all the other designers this month:

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