Quilting to Process Grief: Six Quilts in Four Months

From Courtney, our video editor:

In November 2022, my dad died. In the following months, I found myself in need of a project to process the anger, sadness, and loss I was feeling.

While going through his possessions, I realized how many T-shirts my dad had collected during his life. He had shirts dating back to the 1970s and my family and I had clear memories of them.

It became clear to me what I needed to do. I was not a quilter. I had pieced one-and-a-half quilt tops, but had not completed the process from beginning to end all by myself. Despite this fact, I decided I was going to make six T-shirt quilts, and that I would display them at the celebration of life I was planning. To meet that deadline, I had four months.

I purchased a new sewing machine. I used our T-Shirt Quilt pattern, because I had edited the video tutorials and felt I understood the process. I got entire bolts of interfacing, batting and wide backing, and I got started.

I completed every step of the process myself. But I was not alone. My family, friends, coworkers, and the quilt community on TikTok were cheering me on. I documented the entire process, and today we’re sharing it with you.

Thanks for sharing my journey with me.

If you are inspired by Courtney’s journey, here are some links to help you get going.

Follow her on TikTok: @cleighberry

Get the T-Shirt Quilt Pattern: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/how-to-make-a-t-shirt-quilt/

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