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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Band T-Shirt Quilting with Jim Anderson

posted by on April 1 at 11:05 AM

Snap into a Quilt-Jim


Since the Crocodileís closing, champion sound engineer Jim Anderson has been active Ė watching Sumo wrestling and making quilts out of band t-shirts. I asked him about it:

Have you always sewed?
Jim: Iíve just started actually sewing, but Iíve been around it my whole life. My mother had a job doing production sewing during WWII and both of my sisters sew. Iíve absorbed it.

How long have you collected t-shirts? How many do you have?
Iíve been collecting since 1981. Iíd say I have around 700. My first quilt, the one in the picture, of all black t-shirts was just from one trip into my closet. One is from a ďWake Up & Smell the PavementĒ skate punk fest in í87 that was up on 18th and Jackson. Cat Butt played. My next quilt will be with colored shirts.

700 hundred shirts? You have some Seattle music history right there.
I think so. These shirts are very special to me. One of the reasons I started collecting them is that itís an ephemeral thing. These shows happen, then they are over. What do you have to show for it? Not a lot. These shirts are a way for me to connect to the bands and the memories. A lot of the bands arenít around anymore. I was watching a sewing program on T.V. where they showed how to make quilts out of t-shirts. I was like, I have to do that.

Any other favorite t-shirts from your vaults?
I do have a particularly cool and rare Mudhoney shirt. Thereís a New Pornographers one, the Ventures, Guided by Voices, and Megababe from Tokyo.

Have you ever thought about having your own t-shirt?
Actually, Iíd like to come out with a line of Hawaiian shirts. With cool colors and patterns.

You should totally do that. The Hawaiian Jim shirt. Yes. You can call it ĎMegaloha Jimí.
I donít know about ĎMegaloha Jimí.

Have you been staying sharp with your sound engineering? Or have you just been watching Sumo and sewing?
Iíve been running some sound at Slimís Last Chance in Georgetown. Itís a great place. 5606 1st Ave. S. Come on down!

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Boo Davis makes a mean rock quilt herself.

Posted by Paulus | April 1, 2008 12:02 PM

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Posted by paulus | April 1, 2008 12:02 PM

Boo Davis (insanley cute metal head girl) has been making "Heavy-metal themed" quilts for the past two years. She has even been commissioned by Kerry King's wife (he of SLAYER!) to do a Slayer themed quilt for King's b-day.

She is in the process of writing a book about heavy metal quilting. No shit!

Posted by JSA | April 1, 2008 12:04 PM

I am just realizing that says 'Quiltsryche'.

Frikkin hell yeah.

Posted by trent moorman | April 1, 2008 12:16 PM

That Central Tavern t-shirt sells on ebay for $50+!!

Pretty spendy quilt block!!!!!!1

Posted by merry | April 1, 2008 5:19 PM

These need to be in the Seattle Art Museum or at the very least there should be a good gallery show of them.

Quilting is underrated.

Posted by Strath | April 1, 2008 7:18 PM

I agree with Strath, these quilts should be in a gallery or a museum.

Mr. Jim better get sewing!

A very cool slice of Seattle music history.

Posted by Bada | April 1, 2008 9:22 PM

Oh! And Slims Rules.

Go Georgetown!

Posted by Bada | April 1, 2008 9:23 PM

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