Friday, September 6, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Labor of Love...

Hi, all!

Fridays are wonderful, and fall Fridays are even better!  As I sit here (actually on Thursday) the breeze is blowing, the temperature is in the low 80's, and the sun is shining.  I could take this all year long!  So I'm definitely whooping about the lovely days that are ahead of us.  But there are other things to whoop about today too, I'm sure - so let's get started!


I titled this post "A Labor of Love" and the quilt I'm going to share with you today truly is - but not nearly as much mine as the recipient's mom!

This wonderful scrapbook of a quilt is for Katie (obviously) and pretty closely reflects her school years. There's lots on here that's special to her, like the pillowcase with her name on it...

...the t-shirt from her senior beach trip, and the monogram from her bathing suit for that trip.  I had a lot of fun creating a "frame" for that pretty piece of monogram work!

There's lots of memories from her time working at Chick-Fil-A, too - including a copy of her name badge on part of her work shirt.  That was a labor of love on my part - after trying several different techniques to get an accurate copy of the real thing, I decided to take a photograph and print it out. That worked much better than the copier!  Then I appliquéd it onto the block.

Katie and I are in absolute agreement on this next sentiment, but according to her mom, running was a part of her life for a while, so she wanted this and some race t-shirts featured in a section...

Of course, school days are important, too, and your backpack is an integral part of those days!  I've never put a piece of backpack in a quilt before, but this one worked in well.  It's bordered by pieces from her uniform skirt.

And this cute little heart came from the text on the back of one of her t-shirts. It was so cute, though, I didn't want to just throw it away!  It's bordered with pieces from another uniform skirt.

And then there are the fun little bits and pieces that make a quilt unique, like the initials off the back of her volleyball shirt!

Here's another fun part - a piece of a well-loved comforter, decorated with a piece of daisy trim from her bedroom decorations.  The fabric on the comforter was too delicate to use as we first planned on the back of the quilt, but never fear - it will show up later!  I backed this delicate piece with t-shirt interfacing, so it's nice and stable.

But my favorite part of the quilt has to be the Project 410 section.  I don't know the whole story, but apparently this was a project that she created that took off and went for several years.  The mission statement, 1 Peter 4:10, should be a reminder to us all!  

And to top (or back) it all off, a favorite sheet on the back of the quilt!

So there you have it - a new memory quilt finished, and a new friendship started, as Katie's mom and I have been corresponding quite a bit over the creation of this one.  She claims to have been a borderline stalker on Instagram, but I have to say, it's been fun to have so much input on a customer's quilt, and to know that she likes what is being created.  It's also my first "long-distance" customer quilt, made for someone not local to me.  It's been a great experience!

I TOLD you there was a lot of beautiful sunshine today!

So - - - can we get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up today?

What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you,

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!




  1. Hanging on the line, with sunshine , beautiful, just like the whole story and every block.

  2. Awesome dedication to detail!! Love how you sewed this together Sarah - and prepared each piece to make such a treasure for Katie!!

  3. You did an amazing job on this memory quilt!!!!! Wow!

  4. Your memory quilt is beautiful and I'm sure will be cherished for years to come. Well done!

  5. I really love this quilt and all the special memories that you were able to incorporate.

  6. Oh I love TShirt type quilts just for all the great memories!

  7. What a wonderful quilt full of memories for Katie! You are so very creative and talented at combining the many elements into something lovely and cherished.

  8. Fabulous T-shirt quilt! It looks like a complicated puzzle to plan and put together. Well done!

  9. Truly a work of love that is no doubt going to be cherished. Katie sounds like a very sweet girl!

  10. What a special memento for Katie! There are so many memories included. And how wonderful for you to have made a new friend in the process, and to have your first long distance commission :)

  11. I'm overwhelmed, not just by the beauty and detail in the Labor of Love Quilt, but by the whole process around it! I'm the "Instagram Stalker Mom" and I couldn't wait to see the daily progress that Sarah posted each day. I had no idea that a pile of Katie's special t-shirts could turn into such a moving story and heirloom. I know Katie will have this for years and will share with her children one day. Sarah - you creativity is unmatched....the chick-fil-a name tag, the heart from the Chinese orphanage, the comforter that was in tatters, the book-bag, uniform skirt. I could go on forever. Thank you! Amazing job!

  12. What a wonderful gift that mom will have for her daughter! Priceless! Good thing she "stalked" you because you did an excellent job on this!

  13. What a lucky girl!! You do SUCH a nice job on the T-Quilts that you make.

  14. Sarah, you did such an awesome job on that tee shirt quilt and Katie's mom offered such great input! I know Katie will cherish this quilt. Everything is so well thought out and put together! You really rock on these T quilt!!

  15. Sarah, you did such an amazing job on that quilt. Way above and beyond any of the best T shirt/memory quilts I've seen up til now. What a wonderful blessing for that child!

  16. What a terrific job you did on this memory quilt! She will treasure it for a very long time.

  17. Hi!! This is Katie. This post and quilt made me tear up a little. I am so thankful that you were able to create this little trip down memory lane for me. I know I will treasure this forever. I cannot say thank you enough for creating this for me and working with my "instagram stalking" mother!! You guys are the best!! I cant wait to snuggle up with this blanket at college when I am missing home a little!!

  18. Loved how you filled Katie's quilt with so many memories and the use of not just t-shirts!

  19. Wow! You sure do get a whoop whoop for this!! Such a great job and I feel like I know Katie now!
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    r creating this for me and working with my "instagram stalking" mother!! You guys are the best!! I cant wait to snuggle up with this blanket at college when I am missing home a little!!


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