The Story Behind This Quilt Will Melt You

Categories: Handmade, Inspiration, Life Stories

This quilt was made from my daddy's blue jeans and shirts. Today is his birthday. I wrapped up with it at lunch and just reflected on the past. He taught me the love of old gospel music, "shaped notes", to always do what you say you are going to do, love your family, and most importantly love The Lord! Thank you daddy for moving me no matter what!! I'll see you again!  ~Carol Pierce


This is the blocks I cut today from Greg's old camo bibs, camo curtains I'd made him and his old Aladdin curtains. I am going to try to make a quilt from them. You see I took all his old jeans and some T-shirts to a friend to make two quilts for the girls when they were littler and they turned out awesome and I want JJ to have one too and the camo is perfect. Wish me luck cause I have never done this before. And yes, I'm gonna hand stitch it :) I even left three pockets in three squares so JJ can put things in them. ~Becky White


My hubby was injured 2.5 years ago in a bull riding accident and is now paralyzed from the shoulders down.  Last fall, Chad and I were going through clothes and other things in our storage unit. Chad said we needed to see if any of his friends could use his old riding jeans and riding shirts. I pulled out the jeans and started a pile for the guys, but I told him I couldn't part with the shirts just yet. I know that rodeo and bull riding are pretty well over for us, but they were such a big part of our lives and there are a lot of memories in those shirts. They were put back in storage....for a little while.

I watched YouTube videos and taught myself how to sew. I used all of Chads Wrangler riding shirts (including the shirt he had on the night of the accident) to make him a quilt that would keep him warm and bring those good memories back for us both. I even included all of the Wrangler tags from the shirts! I prayed for him as I worked on it. I can not tell you how many hours I spent on this over the last 2 months, but I finished it at 3am Christmas morning! Seeing his smile Christmas morning was worth all the time, "blood, sweat and tears"! He loves it!! ~Alden


Leftover quilt made from brads old hunting shirts and blue jeans. Now I just need a snow storm so I can get it completely done! ~Robynn Buhmann


My husband has had Parkinson's disease for 30 years. His progression was slow in the beginning, but now he has the other things which are sometimes a part of Parkinson's--hallucinations as well as Alzheimer's. He is always pulling at seams on his clothes and pulling apart suspender fasteners. My 3 daughters sent me some pictures of "fidget" blankets. I'm a quilter, so this is my version made from some of his old jeans and shirt. ~Linda Brewer Earnest

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