New Shirt Quilt!

Ta Da!  I finished another shirt quilt.  (Did I tell you that I’m really slow?  Well, I am!)   I named this quilt “Shirtless in Seattle.”


I got the pattern off of the Internet at Annie’s ePattern Central (  I really LOVE Log Cabin patterns, but especially ones that aren’t normal or run-of-the-mill.  This quilt should be called Shirtless in Florida because I got most of the shirts in Florida  lol

Anyway, just wanted to share.  Enjoy your quilty day!

Mens Shirt Cuffs in a quilt

When I was cutting out the pieces for the original mens shirt quilt, the cuffs were too small for those pieces.  So I stacked them up until the stack was falling over.  Finally, I created a “box in a box” wallhanging from the cuffs and it turned out like this:

Cuff em Danno

I call it “Cuff ’em Danno!” …….like from Hawaii Five-O.  Get it?

Also, when using cuffs, you have to throw away some because sometimes the stabilizer used in them is WAY TOO STIFF!  But over half were usable.  I think the result was worth the effort.

Using phone book pages for foundation paper-piecing

I wanted to share a money saving tip I got from Bonnie Hunter.  You can run phone book pages through your printer to print out your foundation paper-piecing patterns.  The print on the phone book pages does not come off like newspaper pages, and it is thin enough to tear out when the project is done.

I use my top-loading printer for this because then the paper only has to take a minor bend as it goes through the printer.  If you have a front-loading printer, the paper has to make a 180 degree turn in the back of the printer.  I’ve had wimpy paper turn into an accordion and jam the printer.  And since phone book pages are thin, I am leery of running it through the front loading printer.

Also, since I draw up my patterns myself, I change the color of the lines in the pattern to green or red.  That way they are easier to see through all the writing on the phone book pages.  And I use my rotary cutter to cut the pages out of the phone book.

If you have any questions, let me know.  It has saved me a lot of money since almost every quilt I make is a foundation paper-pieced!

My first completed shirt quilt project

Well, the shirt quilt that I started in Florida is still not finished.  However, a friend of mine was teaching a Fun-and-Done class, and I wanted to do a Fun-and-Done project.  So I made a table topper out of shirt quilt fabric.  Here it is:

Table Topper - Fun and Done

I used the collar fabrics that were too skinny to go into my Florida shirt quilt.  I hated to throw away the collars because there was a lot of good (skinny) fabric there.  And I found a place for them!


Bag day at the thrift store!

BAG DAY at the thrift store!  YAY!  I got 13 shirts into one bag!  I LOVE getting a deal!  Here’s how to get a lot of shirts in one bag.  Fold them lengthwise, shoulder matching shoulder.  Then roll them up real tight.  It doesn’t matter if they get wrinkled because you have to wash them anyway to get that “thrift store smell” out of them.   Well, off to the washing machine……

Crazy about men’s shirts!

Okay, are there any others out there who are totally CRAZY about men’s woven shirts???  I have gone completely totally BONKERS over them!  I haunt the thrift stores and garage sales like a woman possessed!  And I am becoming quite an expert.  Well, an amateur expert.  I know if a shirt is Van Heusen, it has a 95% chance of being a poly blend and is extremely well made, making it a pain to take apart.  If it is a Tommy Hilfiger, it has a 100% chance of being 100% cotton.  At least, I’ve never found one that wasn’t…..

Here is how I store my shirts:

Bookshelves with shirtsGray and Yellow shirts

The gray and yellow ones on the table are next in line for a project.  The others are just stacked by color.  All the shirts on the shelving unit have been washed but not cut into.

Also, I dyed 2 shirts a couple weeks ago for a project for my sister (a memory quilt out of her husbands shirts).  They turned out pretty cool!  Here’s the dying wastebasket in the back yard and then the finished shirts.  (Ignore the toes.)

Dyeing shirtsDyed shirts

How do you store your shirts?  I would love to know!


First post – – Wahoo!!

Wow!  My first post!  I’m speechless!  Hmmmm……that doesn’t bode well for posting on a blog.  How about I tell you how I got into making quilts from men’s shirts.


I attended a lecture at the Peace Rivers Quilters Guild  in Punta Gorda, Fl in January of this year(2014).  The presenter was Bonnie Hunter (the scrap quilt lady!).  She showed several quilts she had made using men’s shirts and told us how she runs phone book pages through her printer for foundation paper-piecing patterns.  (more about that later)  It didn’t really take hold  until that weekend when our mobile home park had their annual rummage/garage sale.  I got there late (because rummage sales have never peaked my interest) and they were selling bags for $1 and you could take home anything you could stuff into the bag.  Then I remembered Bonnie Hunter’s presentation and I got really excited!  I ran down to my sister’s (she lives closer to the clubhouse than me) and borrowed a dollar and ran back to the clubhouse.  I crammed all manner of clothing into that bag – – polyester blends, linen, flannel – – you name it, it went into the bag.   I’m more selective now and only buy 100% cotton, but back then I was too excited.


From then on, I started going to rummage and garage sales on weekends.  (Drove my sister crazy!  Tehee!)  By the time I went home at the end of February, I already had 16 quilt blocks made from those shirts using the Pineapple Blossom pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s website.  Here’s what it looked like then:


Pineapple Blossom 1

I have all the blocks made now, but have been diverted to another (several other) shirt projects.  Will post another pic when I get the borders on.  Will post more tomorrow!  Ta ta….