Friday, September 11, 2009

Shirt Quilt

Just showing off the back first.Shirt quilt is done. I started this quilt last winter. I thought I would give sewing with second hand fabric for a quilt a try. I had been collecting shirts and started in. Cutting up the shirts is a lot more work then I thought it would be. And the fabric from one shirt to the next is not very consistent with the others. The main problem I had was one would be a lot more stretchier then what I'm used to. I love the homey homespun look of the quilt but doubt I would collect more shirts for future quilts. That said I will have to make one more to use up what I have left. A red white and blue one to use up all the red shirts I collected.
For a pattern I used a Dear Jane block H-1 Peek-a-boo if you have the book.
To stay with the thrifty theme of the quilt I used a old blanket as the batting. Machine quilted it with my sewing machine. I quilted circles in the centers of the blocks the meandering between the circles.

































I used leftover pieces of shirts for the back and an orange shirt I cut up for the binding.








14 comments:

Lynn said...

I love the look of this piece and the practical frugal concept. I am always getting offers for old shirts etc....I think I'll give it a try. Thanks :)

Marian said...

It's great.That's recycling

Vickie said...

This is beautiful!! I love it! It reminds me of quilts that my grandmother used to make. I really have to get that sewing machine out and practice some more so maybe one day I can do something as awesome as this.

Lori in South Dakota said...

it turned out beautifully! You have lots of patience!

Ye Merrie Quilter said...

Wonderful repurposing of the shirts with a stunning result. I love the pattern, too--nice secondary surprise pattern. I'll have to add that to my list of quilts to make!

Lizzie said...

what a great quilt!
Lizzie

Rose Marie said...

Love it! I have been collecting shirts too and have started to cut out a tumbler quilt.

Luanda said...

This is so pretty.

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Janet said...

I like this idea. Great results.

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

Lizzy what a great recycling
idea! It came out beautiful!

Also love the back!

Lin

Quilt Rat said...

What a great job! working with shirts can have it own challenges, this quilt looks terrific and I love the way the back turned out.

Kathy said...

I am really intrigued by your thrifty project of quilting with old shirts and a blanket for batting. I really like like how the pieced back looks too. It is really turning out beautifully! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Sharon said...

I really like this quilt! A warm, home-y feel to it. And the back is perfect - both for the quilt and the concept. I love all those plaids!