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Dogs in Sweaters: Dad’s Shirts Memory Quilt Project

Hi, I am happy to share that I have completed another memory quilt top made from Dad’s plaid shirts. This makes 10 different quilt designs that I have made for memory quilts so far.  I used the Dogs in Sweaters by Elizabeth Hartman quilt pattern. It is a fun design. It does take a bit of time to make as each dog has 57 pieces and many of them are quite small. There was 150 little 1 inch squares needed for this quilt. I cut and labeled everything into individual ziplock sandwich bags.

I used 15 different shirts for my dog sweaters. The pattern is written that you can use 5 prints and cut 3 dog sweaters out of each color. I chose to add sunglasses to 2 dogs as my applique fabric was large enough to cut 2 from.

These are the initial parts all pieced for building our dogs.

More building of the dog bodies. I had initially laid out my dog sweater plaids in rows so I knew where I wanted the colors to end up. I wish I would have snapped a photo of it. I just did my best to always keep the largest sweater pieces in the same order. Always trying to remember that 9 dogs faced left and 6 dogs faced right.

Dogs 1 through 4. I shared this photo on my Instagram and thankfully, someone told me that dog 3 had his legs going in the wrong direction. I would have been very upset to have pieced the entire top and missed that.

Dogs 5 through 8. I chose red, navy and black as my sweater bands. I did my best to mix them up each row.

Dogs 9 and 10

Dog 11 and Dog 3 now with his legs going in the “right” direction or that is facing left.

Dogs 12 through 15

Dog 12 is made with my favorite of Dad’s shirts. I also used that plaid as the focus print in the Workshirt Mosaic quilt I made.

This is the Workshirt Mosaic quilt I made from Dad’s workshirts.

I decided to add glasses also to  dog number 4. 

Here is another look at the full top pieced together. I am still deciding how I can quilt it. I found a blue bandana paisley type print fabric with dogs in it that I think I will be using to piece the back. I am going to show it to my son first to make sure he approves of it.

I will be linking up this flimsy finish with Show Off SaturdayCan I get a Whoop Whoop Fridays? , Needle and Thread Thursday and TGIFF.

Happy Sewing,







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13 Responses to Dogs in Sweaters: Dad’s Shirts Memory Quilt Project

  • This is a perfect pattern for all those plaid shirts. It looks great. Thanks for sharing with TGIFF.

  • That is the cutest idea ever for your dad’s shirts! I can’t believe you’ve made 10 quilts out of his shirts. That is quite amazing! I bet your family members are loving them!

  • What a beautiful quilt. Whomever is lucky enough to receive it should be thrilled. It’s been a pleasure to watch you process these shirts into lovely memory quilts. I hope you are smiling when you are sewing with them.

  • I can’t believe how many pieces are in each block! It’s such a special quilt already with your dad’s shirts, and then all the work involved — this is a real treasure. I LOVE the dogs with glasses! Only having a few makes for a little fun surprise when people look at it. Well done!

  • SO absolutely cute!! And what a creative way to use your dad’s shirts.

  • I’m impressed on how thoughtfully your “shirt” quilts are created. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • This is wonderful. And I think it’s the nicest memory quilt I’ve ever seen 🙂

  • Great quilt top! I love that design, so detailed.

  • It is just so darn cute. They may have taken you a while to make, but well worth it!

  • This is so cute! I just love what you have done with his shirts. Funny that you sewed the feet on wrong and didn’t see it. I’ve done that before and I’m amazed when I post someone points out the error. Well, good job and quite a lovely tribute to the man you loved.

  • So dog-gone cute! I automatically assumed two things about your dad: he liked dogs and had a fun spirit. I can’t decide on my favorite, but the sunglasses definitely add a touch of whimsy that I love. Oh, the fun of quilting this! Enjoy.

  • Great quilt top, it is super cute!

  • I think this quilt is amazing and that you are using your dad’s shirts even more so. My parents have had this breed of dog for the past 20 years and I want to make a smaller quilt for my mom’s 80th in 2018, I had no idea how many pieces were in each dog!. I would love to have used some of dad’s discarded from over the years, what a clever Idea. I will keep it in mind. Your speediness leaves me in awe! Happy quilting! I’m interested to see how you have it quilted.

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