April 3, 2013

A T-shirt Quilt for Runners!

What do you do with all those shirts from races?  Because Christine and I are relatively new runners, our collection of race shirts is fairly small after a little over two years of running.  On the other hand, my sister ran for many years, then gave it up for over 20 and resumed in 2011 to run the Princess Half Marathon with us.  Actually, she did not run the race with us, she cruised to a 1:54 and won her age group  Several years ago, I thought about starting a tee shirt quilt business since I had made quite a few as high school and college graduation gifts, but wanted a sample for potential shows.  My sister agreed to share a dozen old race shirts and here is the quilt!
Fun quilt with fond memories of races!
My curiosity was piqued with all these old shirts so I decided to research which races were still in existence.

Top row, left corner: The Pepsi 10,000 meter series was a 10K event held in many cities in the country and then a final event in Purchase, NY to have all the fastest runners compete for the championship.  This series is also no longer active.

Top row, center: The Boston Milk Run was one of Boston's premier 10K's during the 1980's and generally held after the Boston Marathon. It is no longer an active event.

Third row, left side: The Bonne Bell 10K originated in 1977 and was run as part of a 12 race series across the country, also known as the Bonne Bell mini marathon.  In 1985, the race was taken over by Tufts Health Plan and is still run today.

Third row, right side: In 1974, the Walpole Road race held it's inaugural event and will hold it's 40th race this September!

Several of the races listed on the shirts had no information available online.  Of course the most prominent shirt is the one with navy background, for the Boston Marathon.  Every runner knows about this race and the shirt would be a collector item as well!

If anyone is interested in making a tee shirt quilt, I can give some basic information.  When my running shirt collection gets too large, I will make one of these for myself. They are a fun way to use your spare shirts and commemorate your races and a great blanket to keep you warm while watching TV!
(Pam)

28 comments:

  1. Love this t-shirt quilt! I'd love some basic directions! What a wonderful gift to make for my kids and all their shirts. My daughter has loads of gymnastic shirts...and my husband and sons have tons of shirts too....
    Running is all in your family! Your sister is pretty amazing and inspiring too!!!!!

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  2. This is so fun! When my race shirt collection grows, I totally want to do this!

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    1. Thanks Laurel. These quilts are quite simple for anyone that sews, providing they follow the directions. My sister loved the finished product!

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  3. That is absolutely exquisite! What a great idea!

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  4. I have almost 40 shirts, This is a GREAT Idea!!! Thanks!! Love it!

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    1. Enjoy making yours....they are really fun and easy to put together!

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  5. Haha they take up room in my drawer...I need a quilt maker!

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  6. I definitely need to do this. I have a HUGE collection and I don't wear them because they are just tee shirts, which i have almost no need for. My mom quilts, so I am going to ask her to help me!

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    1. Emily, you will have fun designing your own quilt with all those shirts to choose from. The finished product is great because of all the racing memories!

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  7. Love this! My mom made me one witha bunch of my childhood shirts as a HS graduation gift and I love it!

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    1. I also made one as a high school graduation gift for Christine, a niece and a good friend's daughter! They are really fun with all the memories from the activities and places visited.

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  8. I LOVE THIS! Thanks for the idea. I'm relatively new to running, also, and yet my race t-shirt collection has already started getting out of hand! :)

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    1. It is a great way to use the shirts and have fun race memories too!

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  9. That's exactly what I'm planning on doing with all my race shirts - well I'm not going to make it because I have NO idea how to do that, but I'll have one made.

    Yours came out great, love it!

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    1. Thanks Danielle, There are lots of people that have businesses that make these with your shirts. I thought about it for a short while when we were living in NH and then decided not to pursue it. They are quite easy to make though!

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  10. How do you think this would work with the technical fabric ones like from Disney?

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    1. I have never worked with technical fabric, but would definitely do some testing before I worked on those special runDisney shirts!

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  11. Love it! I would love to know how to make one!

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    1. There are patterns available at quilt stores and I also googled and found this: http://www.goosetracks.com/T-Shirt%20Quilt%20Instructions.html This is pretty much the instructions I used. Good luck!

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  12. What a great collection & quilt!! I would love to hear your tips on making a tshirt quilt! I have so many from college, my sorority, and now running that I just don't get to wear anymore and this would be a great way to still get some use out of them! My email is hokie.esq.blog@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

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    1. I sent you an email with attached instructions as seen in my reply to the last person who left a comment.

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  13. I love this!!! Awesome idea and it looks great!

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    1. Thanks Karen. It was fun to make and fun to see all of my sister's old race shirts!

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  14. What a great idea and what a good way to preserve memories! I love the quilt you made your sister.

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    1. Thanks Monica! I hope to make a runDisney one in the future for myself and for Christine!

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  15. Now I wish I had kept some of my earlier race t-shirts! To the Goodwill they went... no room in my tiny apartment. Now I have an excuse to run more races - I love quilts and this is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks, I got rid of some tee shirts I wish I had saved too. Thankfully my sister has lots of storage and saved her shirts from 30 years ago!

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  16. I made a t-shirt quilt with all my high school tshirts, my college t-shirts, and now am saving up to make one with all the running t-shirts. Except there are some I am torn as to what I want to do with them turn them into a quilt or keep wearing them.

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