Win a Gorgeous Custom Quilt from Campus Quilt Co.!

I’m guessing you’ve done what I did. As your children got older, you gave away many of their baby clothes — but you kept the ones that meant the most to you. The ones that spark special memories of a little boy running around the house in Buzz Lightyear jammies or a little girl wearing a Tinkerbell t-shirt.

Or perhaps you have memories, in the form of t-shirts, from high school, college, ski trips, etc. and you’re longing to have them made into a keepsake t-shirt quilt.

Well, the wonderful folks at Campus Quilt Co. took my collection of Matt’s special baby and toddler clothes and turned those clothes into the most gorgeous hand-crafted quilt I’ve ever seen.

Here’s Matt wearing his favorite yellow fish t-shirt, which is now square #1. :)

Full disclosure: This quilt was created for me at no charge so that I could review their workmanship and share the info with you.

Prices run from $129 for a 9-square lap quilt (the squares on these quilts are big — 15 inches) to $419 for a 49-square king-size quilt, which would truly be huge!

These are the prices if the quilt is made from t-shirts. There are additional charges for doing special detailed work with baby clothes, adding extra fabric between the squares, etc. Call 502-968-2850 and they can give you all the details re extras.

My quilt is a full size with extra fabric between the squares, which makes it a bit larger. Matt is 5’9″ tall, so you can get an idea how big it is! It fits across the top of our queen-size bed and hangs over a bit.

I have to say, I’ve become a true fan of this company. I’m following them on their Facebook fan page, too. (Check it out for special deals and lots of great photos showing their work.)

I have to show you some close-up photos to show the detailed workmanship. I told my husband it felt as if someone who really cared about our family (and who also had a lot of talent!) made the quilt. There was such attention to detail regarding how the clothes were pressed and arranged on the squares, etc. It really wowed me.

The company also takes great care to make sure your baby clothes or t-shirts are transported safely. They send you a kit that explains everything, and they include a large, heavy-duty mailing bag and a pre-addressed label for shipping.

Then they email you when they receive your t-shirts or baby clothes. They also get in touch with a tracking number when they ship the quilt back to you. They understand how important these memories are to you and they make sure you’re informed at every step of the way. I loved that.

And here’s the best news: Campus Quilt Co. is giving away a gift certificate for $150 to a lucky Parent Talk Today reader. (And if you’re a blogger and are willing to blog about your finished quilt and link to Campus Quilt Company, they will upgrade the gift card to $300!)

To enter the contest, just leave a comment below telling us why you’d like to have your own custom quilt. The winner will be picked at random using random.org. The contest ends on Thursday, April 15 at noon Pacific Time and the winner will be notified by email and announced here on Friday April 16.

If winner does not claim the prize by noon PST on April 18, 2010, he or she will forfeit the prize to an alternate winner who will be drawn at random. USA and Canada residents only, please.

BONUS: You can be entered in the contest more than once by doing any or all of the things mentioned below. When you do one of these things, just leave a separate comment here so I can enter your name in the drawing the correct number of times:

  1. Become of fan of Campus Quilt Co. on Facebook
  2. Mention this contest on your blog and link to Parent Talk Today
  3. Subscribe to Parent Talk Today’s RSS feed (see upper-right sidebar)
  4. Mention this contest on Twitter
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  6. Add Parent Talk Today to your blogroll or add our button to your sidebar (see right sidebar)
  7. Become a fan of Parent Talk Today on Facebook

I can’t wait to hear what you would include in your quilt, and why you’d like to win this generous gift certificate. Be sure to leave your comments before noon PST on Thursday!

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23 Responses to “Win a Gorgeous Custom Quilt from Campus Quilt Co.!”

  1. Kim says:

    I have a bunch of tee shirts from my younger days that I’d love to transform into a quilt so i can share my musical exploits with my kids someday….

    “What band is that? I’ve never heard of them…”

  2. Kathy says:

    Great idea, Kim! You’ll have to do that and when send us a link. I LOVE old rock-band t-shirts.

  3. Tamara says:

    Beautiful quilt. Although I’ve kept so many of my favorite outfits from the kids, I’ve been horrible about keeping up baby books and other record keeping. I’m hoping my memory will keep so I can recall for them the reason each outfit was special. Imagine the stories I could recall for them panel by panel. That’s why I’d like such a quilt — just in case old age robs my memory. Great post.

  4. Emily says:

    This is such a treasure! A quilt like this would be such a wonderful keepsake for any child to have and keep with them throughout their lives - take to college, have in their first home, even pass down to their own child! I have saved each piece of my son’s baby clothes - even his socks! Not only to have for the next one, but for a special item such as this! I just think it is something truly unique and special. That is why I would like a quilt like this.

  5. Kathy says:

    Tamara and Emily, thanks for your comments. I do think each square is a memory prompt! My son was NUTS for Woody from Toy Story, and there’s his pajama top, right at the top of the quilt. I love that!

  6. Michelle says:

    What a fabulous idea - you can never have too many quilits! Last year I won a quilit in a raffle that was made by a friend in the colors of my oldest son’s high school baseball team. Everyone compliments my friend’s talents when they see the quilt at games and it keeps us warm through 7 innings. I’d love to win a quilt made of all the beach towels my younger son uses each week and take it to his waterpolo matches!

  7. Kara says:

    I’d absolutely make a quilt for my daughter with some of her baby/toddler clothes stored in a plastic bin in the basement. I know she’d love it!

  8. Ellen Rowan (zaellen) says:

    So awesome Kathy. Thanks so much for the opportunity. I have a couple of generations of clothing that’s been worn my me, my daughter and younger nieces. I’d love to have a quilt made for my daughter’s bed with some of her “treasured” clothes that she couldn’t bear to pass along. OR, maybe a quilt made from my kids favorite tie-dyes that we made together :)

  9. Tina Tessina says:

    I have had a quilt project in mind for years with T-shirts from our travels. I’d so love to win this coupon. For me, it’s a marriage enrichment project, a constant reminder of the travels we’ve done together — right on our marriage bed! What could be more enriching than that! And yes, I’m a blogger, so I’d blog about it.

  10. This is gorgeous! I’d love to have something to someday give to Zachary’s kids. But considering he’s nearly 14…that’s a long way so for now I’d put it in the guest room to make strolling down memory lane easy!

  11. Ellen says:

    Wow! what a treasure! That quilt just makes me smile.
    Kudos to Campus Quilt Co. and I have my fingers crossed I’ll win the drawing!

  12. Beth Levine says:

    My son is going off to college next year. I would love to put together his tshirts from all his various play productions — How to Succeed in Business, Seussical, etc.

  13. Nancye Ellington says:

    What a fabulous idea. My daughter has been asking me for years to make pillows or something out of her old softball t-shirts. This is a way better idea and something she will cherish for the rest of her life. I’m also going to pass this idea on to my sister in New Jersey. She is an avid quilter and is always looking for innovative projects. Thanks for sharing this Kathy.

  14. Roberta Wax says:

    Fabulous idea! I’m torn…. I have t-shirts from every garage band in which my son played…. i have my favorite rock band t-shirts… and a few outfits I made for my daughter. So many choices, so little quilt!

  15. Joy says:

    I would love to have a quilt made of all my deceased husband’s old favorite shirts. I’ve been meaning to do this for the kids. It would mean a lot to all of us. THanks for telling us about the quilting company so we can pursue getting this done if we win or not! You Rock Kathy!

  16. Lara Kimbrell says:

    I have bins and bins of clothes I can’t seem to part with and now that we are moving to Japan I think it’s time to do something with some of my favorites!!!

  17. Kathy says:

    JAPAN! Lara, I didn’t know. How exciting! Drop me an email or a private FB note with the scoop on that. Are the kids excited? I know it means a ton of work for your and Rob to get ready for that. But wow! Yep, time to turn those clothes into a quilt. :)

  18. Jill says:

    I remember that fish shirt!!!!!! :)

  19. Kathy says:

    Oh, my gosh, Jill! That was Matt’s FAVORITE short to wear to the Round House for that class you taught. Perfect for visiting the fish, of course! I’m guessing he wore it half the time… I told him you remember it. What a hoot! Time flies…

  20. KIm says:

    so cool! I want one!!

  21. Heather says:

    Twice a year, we change out my daughter’s clothes, exchanging winter for summer or vice versa. I buy many things on sale a year ahead, so my daughter says it’s always like Christmas, opening the box from our storage room and seeing what new clothes she has for the season. As part of this process, we always pick one or two dresses that have been really special for the last season: a batik dress she picked out during a Hawaii vacation, the dress she wore for her first piano recital, that sort of thing. We put these special things in a “to be made into a quilt” box. We’ve always said that we’d do it when she’s 16. But, now she’s nine, and wears mostly ripped jeans, hipster t-shirts and sequined high tops. I can barely get her to wear a dress for her choir performances. MAYBE, we’ll get around to making a quilt. Our daughter is a bit the “gansta Martha Stewart” At her urging, we’ve both learned needlepoint, sewing, felting, Sculpy Clay figures and knitting, Perhaps, we’ll find time to learn to quilt, but it seems rather more intimidating than the crafts we’ve attempted so far. We live in NYC, and don’t have space for a crafts room that holds quilting squares and so on. This seems the perfect solution. My only question: is it possible to get a more traditional quilt? Where the baby outfits are turned into squares rather than preserving them intact? In any case, they’re gorgeous.

  22. Jessalyn says:

    I would love to have something like this made! I’ve actually seen Campus Quilt Company’s brochure several times - they’re a frequent advertiser in marathon expo bags (probably since runners tend to collect more shirts than they can possibly wear!). My mom and I even went through all of my old t-shirts and sweatshirts to pick out the ones with the most sentimental value late last year. I just haven’t quite gotten around to saving up for a quilt yet!

  23. Forrest Blas says:

    Nice post, good job. I have recently started my own blog so its good to pickup tips from what you have going here. Many Thanks.