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 (https://www.e-patternscentral.com/detail.html?prod_id=9012&cat_id=&criteria=triangle+log+cabin). 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!
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:
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.
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:
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! 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……
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:
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.)
How do you store your shirts? I would love to know!