It took me a while to get around to it, but I did finally manage to make a Coast Guard t-shirt quilt for my dutiful husband. Although jersey turns out to be a difficult medium to work with, I enjoyed this particular labor of love very much.
This quilt represents the three cutters and two station jobs that he had in his first ten years with the U.S. Coast Guard: CGC Tampa, CGC Abbie Burgess, CGC Thunder Bay, and Station Rockland (twice). In the most recent six years he has held two additional positions—at NESU Seattle (a Naval Engineering Support Unit which directly supported CGC Healy), and then on CGC Healy herself. Happy 16th anniversary with the Coast Guard, sailor!
Here's what the final result looks like. Size-wise, it was designed to fit a "rack" on a ship, which is about the size of a twin bed—imagine it as a coverlet. (The quilt is pictured below-left on the bed my dad had as a child, and that my brother and I each used during our childhoods as well.)