Alpha on Rock Concert Tshirt Quilt
Marla Sarris

Marla Sarris – T-Shirt Quilter

Jeff and I have been going to rock concerts since we started dating, right outta high school. We’ve gone to hundreds of concerts and Jeff even proposed during one of the many Skillet concerts we’ve been to (that is obviously one of my favorites). We don’t typically buy merch at every show but over the years we’ve accumulated quite a large amount of t-shirts. Lately we’ve been going through the house and getting rid of unnecessary items. What better way to celebrate all the fun times we had? Rather than donating the old shirts or packing them away and letting them sit in a box in the closet, I used them to create a t-shirt quilt?

My mom and sister are usually the people who sew in the family. I mean I’ve made pillows (with my mom’s help) and I guess a few other things but never a project this large, on my own. So Fabrics Etc., a fabric store nearby, offers a t-shirt quilt workshop once a year and I spent two 6 hour days in December going to the classes. Typically it’s a 2 hour class two weeks in a row but I stayed on both days as long as I could to be able to use the sewing machine made available to me for the class, since I don’t have one at home.

Of course I showed up with almost three or four times the suggested amount of t-shirts to use so I wasn’t able to finish my quilt within the 4 hours allotted. Then with the holidays I postponed the project and picked it back up again in January. I had so much fun arranging the squares and scattering the few colored shirts, among a river of black ones, and getting the squares to line up. One square I’m particularly proud of is a double layer. I had a sweatshirt and t-shirt from a local band we used to follow called Escape From Earth and I was able to sew them together and get the zipper of the sweatshirt to still work so that when you unzip the sweatshirt the t-shirt for the same band shows below it. :)

Our kitty Alpha really loves sitting on the quilt, which made it slightly difficult to take pictures of the final product without him laying all over it…but I did manage to get a few.

Some of the featured bands on my rock concert t-shirt quilt are local so if you’re not familiar with them I’d highly recommend checking them out. There are also numerous duplicate shirts of the same bands which shows those who we went to see the most. If you can’t tell from all the photos here’s an exhaustive list of all of the bands represented on my quilt:

  • Skillet
  • Disturbed
  • Shock Stars
  • P!nk
  • Escape From Earth
  • Linkin Park
  • Theory of a Deadman
  • Nickelback
  • Facing Forward
  • Pillar
  • Three Days Grace
  • Collective Soul
  • Lucky Boys Confusion
  • Breaking Benjamin
  • Decyfer Down

And now it’s time for the show portion of this show and tell post. :)
Marla Sarris T-shirt Quilt Front and Back
Marla Sarris T-shirt Quilt Pillar Nickelback detailMarla Sarris T-shirt Quilt Skillet detailMarla Sarris T-shirt Quilt Collective Soul Lucky Boys Confusion detail
Marla Sarris T-shirt Quilt Theory of a DeadmanMarla Sarris T-shirt Quilt Escape From EarthMarla Sarris T-shirt Quilt

Marla Sarris T-shirt Quilt detail
And one more: calling all bat kitties!
Marla Sarris T-shirt Quilt detail - Alpha, Bat Cat

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  1. Jared Becker says:

    This. Is. Sick…I want one!!!

  2. good job Marla!

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