Sunday, March 30, 2008

Shirt Scrap Quilt

I've been thinking of making a quilt from old shirts like Bonnie Hunter for awhile. And when I was driving past a local thrift store and seen the special for the day I had to stop and see what I could find. The deal of the day was 10 long sleeved shirts for a dollar. They had a over supply and were trying to clear some out. So I searched through the racks and found these. I got 19 shirts for the quilt and 1 wool sweater for some felted craft I want to try. I trimmed off the collars and cuffs cut off the buttons and had a nice pile of usable fabric. I searched for a pattern for at least a week and could not find what I had in mind. And then I came across this one.

Nice large pieces that will look nice in a straight set. I found it in my Dear Jane Book. EQ helped me make it a 12" block. I tried a sample block and really like it. I think I will try to alternate dark and light blocks. I cut pieces for a few blocks and I have plenty of fabric. I may have to make a 2nd quilt when I finish the first.

Here is a picture of the pieces in the block.

8 comments:

Jacquie said...

I really like what you did with this. Shirting stripes are so simple, but can make stunning quilts.

Amanda said...

Oh, how I wish I could get shirts so cheaply! Even in our charity shops here in the UK you can't find them for under £4 (I think that's about $8). But it's still cheaper than buying new fabric, which averages £8 a yard. I really like the homespun look and your quilt should be lovely.

Helen in the UK said...

10 shirts for $1 .... WOW .... no wonder you stocked up!! Have fun with your new fabrics :)

Marie said...

My husband has been kindly donating his old shirts to my fabric stash. I hadn't figured out what to do with them all, but I just love the pattern you are using. It looks fantastic.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a bargain! We're luck to pay £2-3 per shirt...
Love the pattern you are using! looks fantastic!

Mama Koch said...

It's really cute! Love plaids in any pattern tho.

Shelina said...

It looks great - I think it is a wonderful idea to take a pattern from a DJ book - or anywhere - and change it to suit your needs.

Tracy said...

Looks great and a bargain too! I love the block you are using.