Friday, May 18, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Fest

Amy, at Amy's Creative Side, is hosting an online quilt festival.

Amy's Creative Side

Quilters submit quilts they have made - virtually!

I want to enter this Festival with my Gymnastics T-Shirt Quilt.

This quilt is a collection of T-Shirts from my second daughter 
- who was a gymnast until her teen years.  
She grew tall and participating in gymnastics began to stress and injure her back.

Then she became a coach.

Notice the black patch below: 

Notice, also, that I used some of her leotards in the quilt.
With a little bit of hand-quilting...

I machine quilted around all the lattice work.
Then did some custom quilting on each quilt.
With my walking foot.

My daughter is quite fond of rainbows -
and you can see the rainbow-dot fabric I used between the shirts.

The t-shirt above is one she wore at least once a week for a year or two!!  

From her background in gymnastics, my daughter went into spring-board diving,  Even diving in college.  I had this quilt top finished by the 2008 Summer Olympics.  By then she could not longer do gymnastics.  She also soon had to quit diving because she had acquired a chronic illness.  She did not even enjoy watching the Olympics that year. I put the quilt top away for awhile.

This year she asked me when I might finish her quilt - and I pulled it out of the closet and finished it!  

She had attended a gymnastics camp hosted by the legendary coach Bela Karolyi.  He autographed her t-shirt and it holds a position on the quilt.

The back of the quilt is this lovely black background with rainbow dot all-over print.

 She continues to struggle with her chronic illness - so Karolyi's catch-phrase
(With a thick Romanian/Hungarian accent)
graces the back of her quilt.


  1. Fun memory quilt for your daughter. I LOVE the addition of her clever. :)

    Happy Quilt Festival.

  2. What a special quilt. Your daughter will cherish it even more as time goes by. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. I was a gymnast too, way back when (gasp, the 70' and 80s!)

    Fun quilt

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn

  4. Precious remembrance quilt for your daughter. Fun to see it. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  5. What a beautiful, sentimental quilt you have made. I am so glad your daughter finally wanted you to finish the quilt. It is such a wonderful keepsake. I hope she tackles her illness.


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