Archive | July 2014

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!

 

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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….