T-Shirt Memory Quilt

By Kate Riley April 10, 2017

Happy Monday friends! Today is my stepdaughter’s 25th birthday, I’ve had the pleasure of having her in my life for over 20 years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but I’ve watched her grow from a little girl into a beautiful woman and I’ve enjoyed it every step of the way.

I had an idea to have a special quilt made so I asked her to gather up all of her T-shirts that she’s saved all these years, everything from elementary school through college. She put them all in a big bag for me before she moved to San Diego for nursing school.

For her birthday I had them made into a memory quilt and sent it to her last week. She texted me this morning saying “BEST GIFT EVER!” I thought I’d share how simple it was with all of you in case you’d like to have one made for yourself or a special person.



I had it made by Project Repat, a company that specializes in memory quilts. Gather up all the T-shirts from sports, summer camp, various clubs and activities. Ship them in a box and a few weeks later you’ll have a memory blanket that has meaning. Find all the information on how it works here.



I included among the T-shirts a collection of everything from so many years including her sports, her sorority, and even her favorite Tweety Bird nightgown from when she was six.



The back is gray fleece but you can choose from several other colors too.


So many of her memories collected in one blanket. She loves it! :)





The quilt will have a lot of different colors and a patchwork quality since the T-shirts come from so many different sources, but it’s a blanket with meaning that she can snuggle up with forever. :) Great idea right?

Find our more on how to have yours made by Project Repat right here. Makes a great graduation gift too!


Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley April 7, 2017

Oh wow you guys so much happening in the world right now. It’s hard to focus on work and design when there is so much going that is far more serious. I’ll be paying close attention all weekend.

Anyway, I do have some diversions planned. Tonight I’m attending a local play and tomorrow I’ll be having dinner with one of my oldest friends. Sunday I’m picking out tile for my master bedroom fireplace makeover and getting started on that next week. By the way, thanks for all your kind and encouraging comments on the plan for the One Room Challenge!

Favorite links from the week below:


This elegant home tour, well done Paloma!

I always find layered blues with dark wood appealing.

I’m in love with this sunroom. The ceiling and the fireplace!

A lovely renovation of the interiors in this Nantucket cottage.

Wow, these DIY painted patio floor tiles. Heart!

Another cool DIY: plywood base globe terrariums.

Hmmm, is there too much white here?

9 things you should say to your kid everyday.

You’re allowed to leave.