Virginia Tech T-shirt Quilt
May 30th, 2016
By Andrea Funk
I have never been to Blacksburg, Virginia. I have never visited Virginia Tech.
But Virginia Tech fans have found Too Cool T-shirt Quilts! Over the past couple years we have made over 10 orange and maroon VT T-shirt quilts! Throughout this article and at the bottom you will find photographs of some of the VT T-shirt quilts we have made.
And every time we worked on a VT quilt, we would invariably ask: “What’s a Hokie?”
After making two VT quilts in one week, I figured it was time to learn. So if you don’t know, a Hokie, was originally a made up word. You see, before Virginia Tech was Virginia Tech, it was Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Then in 1896 it changed names to Virginia Polytechnic Institute aka:Virginia Tech.
When they changed names, the college needed a new cheer. So they held a contest. The winning cheer, written by O.M. Stull, used the made-up word “Hokie.” Mr. Stull is quolted saying that Hokie is a made-up word that he used as an attention-getter. Over 120 years later, the cheer is still being used.
"Old Hokie" Cheer
Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy!
Tech, Tech, VPI
Poly Tech Vir-gin-ia
Ray rah VPI
Team! Team! Team!
What’s the official definition of a Hokie? It’s a loyal Virginia Tech fan.
A Quick Look at Virginia Tech
- Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
- Bachelor programs: Over 90 degree programs
- Advanced programs: Over 150 graduate programs
- Student Body: 31,000 full-time students
- Student-faculty ratio: 16:1
- Primary Campus: 2600 acres, more than 135 buildings + an airport!
- Rank: 38th in university research in the US
- School Colors: Maroon and orange
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Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes. The modern method of making T-shirt quilts. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since.