In this day and age of reuse and recycle it is always fun to see something repurposed, especially when it pertains to our own personal interests. My mom is an avid quilter. I grew up staying warm in the winter months under her handiwork, and over the years our family has shared her interest in quilting. As a matter of fact, we even owned a small quilt shop years ago. It was a lot of fun learning how to run a small business, and have the opportunity to meet new people who shared the love of quilting.
In the local quilting scene mom became fast friends with a woman named Melinda Hamm Giacommarro. Melinda has taken her own love of quilting to new heights and has made some rather unique creations. She repurposes t-shirts by making them into one-of-a-kind quilts. Over the years my mom had me stash away my old, worn out aviation t-shirts and this summer we finally pulled them out to give this t-shirt quilt thing a go.
We scheduled a meeting with Melinda at Bluebonnet T-shirt Quilts to show her the t-shirts we had picked. We then reviewed the layout and the quilting. I have to admit I was overwhelmed by the numerous options that could be added! The creativity flowed and we came up with a good number of designs. Each block would have its own coordinating theme. Here is a breakdown of what we finally decided on:
- The Corsair t-shirt block has the Blacksheep Squadron patch quilted in it.
- The P-38 block is embellished with lightning bolts.
- The War Bond poster block has aviator goggles.
- The Super Corsair block has the “flying man” logo from the Cleveland Air Races.
- The Keep ‘Em Flying block has Stars and Bars.
- The Hamilton Standard block has the propeller from the airplane logo.
- The Fighter Rebuilders block has a world globe.
- The Old Glory B-25 block has American flags.
- The Southern Cross Sea Fury block has the Australian roundel.
- The Memphis Belle block has a 25 missions bomb.
- The Pratt and Whittney block has eagles.
- The Me-262 block has clouds.