T-Shirt Quilt Blanket Story Series

Remembering VT with a T-shirt Quilt August 19 2014

The college years are considered to be very life-changing and amazing for just about everyone. You decide on a career path, start to become an expert in your interests, and begin separating yourself from mom and dad becoming an independent, functioning adult.
 
Virginia Tech came to mean more to me than just those things. 
On April 16, 2007 my world changed forever. The worst school shooting in history happened, killing 32 amazing people. I was a junior living in the dorm where the first shooting happened and on my way to class unknowing that the second shootings were happening. A day I will certainly never forget. 
The t-shirts that comprise my blanket mean so much more than just the amazing nights with friends, all-nighters spent cramming for an exam, or the heart-pounding football games we would win (and sometimes lose). They represent a time when I learned to appreciate life and realize that it's fleeting, when I learned compassion and strength. Now I live for those 32 everyday. This t-shirt quilt is to remember them. 
-Alicain

Michigan State T SHIRT QUILT August 18 2014

 

 

I've always been a collector of T-shirts. Even at a young age, I tried to get a T-shirt whenever visiting somewhere new or to mark a special occasion. In college, I knew I had to continue this tradition. As a die-hard sports fan when I started at Michigan State, I collected all of the T-shirts from moments that stood out to me. Shirts from football and basketball student sections and student ticket campouts, to trips to the Final Four and victories over hated rivals. Every shirt represented a special time in my life. I continued this tradition after I graduated and started graduate school at Central Michigan. When I was finally satisfied with my collection of shirts, I sent them in to Project Repat to be made into my “College Years” t shirt quilt. What better way to preserve those memories? It turned out great and I couldn’t be happier. Now all I have to do is design another one!

-Scott


Running together: T-Shirt Quilt together August 14 2014

 

My wife and I have participated in triathlons, together, since 2010. We’ve improved our performances and lengthened distances to include Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic, and Ironman 70.3 events, as well as other endurance runs, bicycle rides, and swims. Our ultimate goal is to complete a full Ironman 140.6. We have been training for this goal for a year and will achieve it in Chattanooga, TN, September 2014. We wanted a blanket that showcased our journey and accomplishments leading up to our next milestone. Project Repat was the perfect solution! We love the t shirt blanket! Thanks! Patrick & Teresa - www.weracetogether.com


Notre Dame T-Shirt Quilt August 12 2014

Dear Project Repat,
Thank you for my blanket! 
I just graduated from Notre Dame and I wanted to do something to preserve my shirts without having them taking up all the space in my drawers. I'm staying to get my Masters at Notre Dame and I figured a T-shirt quilt would be a wonderful daily reminder of how much I loved my undergraduate experience. At the end of every day I'm excited to burrow under my t-shirt quilt. Each shirt brings back a different flood of memories. Thank you for giving me a way to reminisce! Everyone is always so excited to see my quilt and all the compliments make me so proud of what I have accomplished.
-Maria

granddoggies enjoy t-shirt quilts too August 11 2014

My Project Repat T-Shirt Quilt is just a beautiful cuddly postcard of many years of my life….a fan of Yogi Berra growing up, Care bears craze during my daughter’s youth, once in a lifetime event watching both the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel….what a night!  My favorite summer orientation t-shirt from my 35+ years as an Academic Advisor at the University at Buffalo and memories of giving out awards at the Special Olympics all combined together with T-shirts from places I have been and others where family and friends went and brought me those special souvenirs!  And Elvis is in the House from a trip to the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame!  A Junior Achievement World’s Largest Snowman from the organization where I met my husband and Niagara University where my daughter received the Top senior award and played volleyball.  How can you display all that living in one area and one that keeps the family comfy!  My granddoggie is enjoying it in the photo.  Thanks Repat! - Patricia

Yay for preserving t-shirt memories! July 29 2014

Yay for preserving memories! I am such a visual person, a sucker for pretty things, and all about remembering the fun, defining moments in my life. This blanket combined all of these things that I’ve been meaning to do for years now. No more storing t-shirts in tubs all over the house that I didn’t necessarily wear every day (after all, they were from high school), but t-shirts I didn’t want to part with. Whether I want to reflect on my many years in drumline, the summer camps I attended, the organizations I was a part of, or my awesome trips across the United States during high school, Project Repat t shirt quilt was the perfect way to do it!

 

-Katrina B. 


A memory t shirt quilt of love and college memories July 22 2014

My husband and I met on the first day on my freshman year at La Salle University in Philaldelphia, PA. He was a sophomore tennis player from Virginia and I was Kansas girl looking to explore the new city. After  4 years of countless basketball games, service trips, fundraisers/races, vacations, and city outings we had more t-shirts and memories than we knew what to do with. Thankfully, we found Project Repat.

We’ve been together for 5 years, married for 3 weeks, and now have an incredible- t shirt quilt wrapped with memories from every step—state, game, and trip—along the way!

 

Billy Nason—2012 La Salle University Grad, works in Sales just outside of Washington, D.C.  Billy is also a 1st lieutenant in the US Army National Guard.

Amy Nason—2013 La Salle University Grad, works at a digital publishing company in Falls Church, VA.

Met on August 19th, 2009 and were married on July 5th 2014.


Memories throughout the years represented in a T-Shirt Quilt July 21 2014

My t shirt quilt features shirts from 1995-2013. I love collecting t-shirts to remember a fun day or a great time in my life. My blanket starts with the oldest shirts on the top left to the newest on the bottom right. I love wrapping myself in my memories and when I look at the all of the patches, I can remember the event associated with the shirt. From attending the Grand Opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Elementary, Middle and High School, Swimming with Dolphins, College and more! This is a wonderful way to preserve my memories without having to store them in a bin. 
-Michele G. 

Band T-Shirts as a Memory Quilt July 21 2014

"The t-shirt quilt I had made are mainly shirts of my favorite bands. I love music and saved the shirts knowing that I wanted to make them into a quilt one day. It brings back good memories because these are the shirts I wore all throughout high school. It's a great conversation piece as well. People ask where I got it made and I tell them Project Repat. Thank you guys so much for this. It's exactly what I wanted and it came out beautifully."
-Courtney S.
 

T-Shirt Quilt as a conversation piece July 16 2014

I’ve been trying to free up drawer space for YEARS by buying a t-shirt quilt, but the price was never right until Project Repat came along! My blanket has shirts from elementary school, high school, and college. It is a great conversation piece (Why so many 08’s? What is that shirt from?) and it’s so warm and cozy! I love being able to relive the memories, shirt by shirt. Thank you, Project Repat, for such a great experience.  I’ll definitely be referring friends and family and will probably make another quilt or two in the future!-Lauren M.

University of Georgia Sorority T Shirt Quilt July 10 2014

 

"My fabulous t shirt quilt is a collection of my beloved sorority’s t-shirts. The sorority’s colors are red & white but I included some black tees with a little BLING on them as well to make the blanket pop! The t-shirts themselves are of the last 5 years of activities. This includes our annual Greek step show, line anniversaries, 5K walks and our centennial celebrations. The light polar fleece is just the right weight and still feels warm enough for the fall and winter. I have wanted one for two years and I’m so pleased with Project Repat's price and quality!- April West


Commemorative T-Shirt Blanket July 07 2014

 

"On our little island in Orange County, CA, in 1993, to celebrate the opening of our new fire station, we had a small fun community parade. It was so successful that we have had a parade every first Sunday in June ever since. I started purchasing a commerative t-shirt with the parade "theme" on it that first year.  Twenty years later and thanks to Project Repat,  I now have this beautiful t shirt quilt! I love it! It will be on display at our Balboa Island Historical Museum."- Mitzi


Fraternity T-Shirt Quilt June 26 2014

"My fiancé has tons of  tshirts from his fraternity and although he doesn't wear too many of them, they are still special to him and carry great memories! For his birthday he asked me to transform some shirts into a t shirt quilt and I found Project Repat through great reviews on google. We had a great time fishing through his shirts and finally found 30 to use. After cutting them into the sides, I sent the shirts off and about 3 weeks later my blanket arrived and couldn't be happier with it! 
Thanks,
Meredith 

Cherishing the memories with a t-shirt blanket June 25 2014

"The youngest of our 4 children left preschool last year.  For 12 years, we had preschool-aged children; for 11 of those years, we attended a wonderful cooperative preschool in North Andover, MA called Family Co-op. 

 

Parents were involved in the school as much or as little as they wanted to be – and we decided to be involved a lot.  We witnessed first-hand the growth of our children in our community.  We made long lasting connections and friendships.

 

But the closet full of Family Co-op tee shirts and kids’ favorite clothes had to go.  What better place than into a quality, cozy, colorful, personalized t shirt quilt?

 

Thank you Project Repat for making our memories more present as our family grows up."-- Kim


Alpha Xi Delta Ohio State Sorority Quilt! June 19 2014

"My t shirt quilt consists of shirts from my years at The Ohio State University, mostly my time in Alpha Xi Delta, our philanthropy Autism Speaks, and The Mount Leadership Society! My shirts mean so much to me, and I wanted a way to make them even more special and keep them forever. I couldn’t be happier with my blanket and it’s an amazing way to keep and display my memories! Thanks so much! "-- Kaylie Smith

Delta Gamma Sorority T-Shirt Quilt June 09 2014

My sorority t-shirt quilt contains some of my greatest memories from high school basketball, to my college sorority and other Panhellenic shirts including a Delta Gamma letter shirt, my favorite fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon and one from FIJI, and even one from the psychology club and order of omega Greek honor society. I wouldn't trade these memories for the world and I absolutely love my tshirt quilt!-- Tiffany E. 

Graduation Quilt- Preserving memories for years to come June 03 2014

When you graduate from high school, you get a diploma. But what happens to all the t-shirts full of memories. There are your concert tees, your sports t-shirts, and all the places you traveled with. When you go away for college, all these shirts remind you of home, and can help during any bout of home sickness. But it can be hard to fit all those shirts in a dorm room. 
In our second graduation season, we have seen so many families choose to turn their graduates t-shirts into a quilt. So as the summer starts, and they get ready for school, they now have their diploma, and their t-shirt quilt full of memories. 
Above is a picture of Taylor who received a memory quilt from her family:
"Taylor graduated high school this past week and I had the blanket made to commemorate some of her special moments over the past 18 years – Girls Scouts, sports, concerts, camps, and vacations.  She absolutely LOVES the blanket and will cherish it for years.  I shared the blanket at her grad party to the “oohs & ahhs” of many people who now want to make one for their children!  Thanks Project Repat for a wonderful keepsake!"

Memorial Blanket: Cancer Sucks May 27 2014

I had 2 t shirt quilts made for my son and step-daughter to honor their Dad, who recently died of cancer. Going through the t-shirts he wore putting them together for the t shirt quilts brought back a lot of memories. Everyone that has seen the t shirt quilts loves them. I am very happy a friend told me about your company so I could give this to our kids. Beautiful work on both t shirt quilts. Thank you-
Michelle H

Anthony's memory quilt May 20 2014

 

Nicole made this memory quilt for her father. Here's her story

I lost my older brother Anthony in November 2013, unexpectedly at age 31. We have been keeping all of his stuff at my parents’ house, not yet ready to go through it. I wanted to find a way to incorporate something of his into a gift for Father’s Day. Ant amassed a lot of tee-shirts over the years. I found Project Repat online and they turned the shirts into an amazing blanket that perfectly captures the life my brother led. I couldn't be happier with it and now I can’t wait to give it to my dad!

Playoffs t-shirt memories May 19 2014

 

How do you remember an amazing playoff game you attended? I remember going to Game 5 of the Celtics-Sixers game as a senior in high school. My friends and I all sat at our computers, pressing refresh, trying desperately to get the first $10 seats that came available. If one of us got them, we had to feverishly start alerting everyone else through instant message. 

When we got to the game, we had to walk all the way to the back ( we had the last seats at the Garden), but made sure to yell as hard as possible, even if we barely could see the game. When Paul Pierce hit a 3 or Antoine Walker did his wiggle, the whole place went nuts. Now those memories, 12 years later can only be found in our heads, and a few youtube highlight clips. 

But now the NBA and NHL is giving out a t-shirt for every playoff game. If you watch the games, it looks like an SEC or ACC college basketball game. The t-shirts unite the crowd against a common enemy- the opponent-- and also give the fans a tangible memory that helps them preserve those memories. 

One of our customers- Lauren, who is from Philadelphia and a huge Flyers fans, has received many of these playoffs tees and used Project Repat to preserve her t-shirt memories into a Flyers t-shirt quilt

 

"If you ask anyone what my favorite thing is they will tell you it’s Philadelphia Flyers hockey.  During the playoffs the Flyers give out orange t-shirts at home playoffs games and I had obtained quite a collection of shirts.  I did not wear the shirts very often so it made perfect sense to me to turn them into a blanket.  I absolutely love the finished product and cannot thank Project Repat enough for making such a great blanket at a very affordable price.  As I collect more t-shirts I cannot wait to have more blankets made.


Delta Zeta Sorority T-Shirt Quilt May 14 2014

 

In college- t-shirts are distributed like popcorn at the circus. In other decades, where student groups and colleges may have passed out pamphlets, t-shirts seem to be the choice of promotional material. People want to wear what they are passionate about. When they walk around campus and back home during summer break, who they are, is represented by what is on their shirt.

 

So, what happens to the shirts when the t-shirts start to fade away, but the memories still linger? We have learned that people can't bear the thought of throwing them out, but they no longer wear them. When the time comes to preserve the t-shirt memories and clear out closet space, we at Project Repat present our service.It especially comes in handy for people like Kerri, who was a member of a sorority. You can see her sorority quilt above.

Here's what she said about her t-shirt memories:

 

"The quilt on the left contains all the t-shirts I saved from my five years as a Delta Zeta at two universities. The t-shirt on the right contains t-shirts from elementary school through college (two universities). I ordered one for my husband for Christmas and absolutely loved it. I had to have my own. I'm so excited to have all these memories in one cozy place and to not have to lug the t-shirts around as we continue to move for my husband's job."


Healing Memory Quilt May 13 2014

A Memory Quilt for Healing

Another incredibly touching story we received from a customer whose t-shirt quilts mean much more than even we expected; 

"I cannot thank Project Repat enough for my wonderful blankets. I purchased 5 and I am preparing to order 2 more. The owners and staff were so helpful and patient in answering my questions and putting my worries at ease.  For me, my blankets represented the life remnants of my husband of 26 years. Tim bravely fought stage IV colon cancer and passed away in August at the young age of 50. Project Repat memorialized his life including his building of the Cleveland Browns stadium and other northeast Ohio landmarks, as well as his love of fishing and boating on Lake Erie. I was skeptical at first, but the team treated Tim's shirts with respect and dignity, knowing they were irreplaceable to me.  If you are on the fence like I was, just order them! They are wonderful, quality blankets and now my family and I can share the stories contained in each square and celebrate Tim's life in a positive way. Thank you, again. Thank you for being instrumental in healing some of my grief"


A memory quilt in honor of Cory May 13 2014

We made a memory quilt for Kathy, and when she got it back, she shared with us this heart wrenching story about her son Cory. 
Thank you Project Repat for putting together my son Cory's quilt. We lost Cory at the age of 17 in 2012 in a motocross fall from his dirt bike. This blanket is just one reminder of so many beautiful memories we have of Cory and his love for life. The blanket is a combination of t-shirts worn by Cory and some t-shirt which were designed in honor of Cory. The combination of the two really signifies that riding dirt bikes was a life style for Cory and not just a hobby. Many of his best days were spent riding with his brother and friends. We as a family will always treasure this blanket and feel this was a very special way to put together some of Cory's favorite t-shirts. 
Thank you

LA Kings T-Shirt Quilt May 09 2014

Preserving sports fans t-shirt memories- this time for the LA Kings