Monday, February 11, 2019

It is cutting time again...


I spent the afternoon in the basement...Ironing pieces of shirts, and then cutting 6 1/2 inch squares!    I got the idea years ago to buy shirts from Good Will to make a quilt with.  At first it was just shirts that said loud and clear 'To Be Worn With Jeans'....I only bought them when on sale.  And I only bought sizes Large or larger. 


This is that quilt.  It is only tied...my older daughter wanted it when I made it.  It has been all over creation with her.  It is at least 21 years old...maybe a little older.  And still in use.  The shirts are all cotton shirts. 


This is one that we use...I have it put away right now, but w have used it for years.   It is from flannels shirts.


These are the same squares as in the first photo...just spread out a bit.  Yet you are still not seeing all the different flannels.  It will take a lot more squares than pictured here.   Yet I have not decided how big I want to make it...I want it big enough to cover up with in my chair or on the couch.  But I don't think I want a full sized.  But we shall see.  My quilts are never planned...they just evolve.

15 comments:

Joyful Quilter said...

Looks like it will be a fun warm quilt.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I love your quilts. And they last and last. What a great idea to buy clothes from Goodwill and cut them into squares!!

Hootin' Anni said...

...and to me, that's be the best way to make a quilt. Never plan. That way you're never disappointed with the outcome.

Sandra said...

what a super idea, most people trash shirts that are not good enough to sell at thrift stores and they could be used for quilts. I love the two you made and the one you are starting. you are so creative and talented..

Ruth Hiebert said...

That's a good way to use up old shirts, and I'm thinking a lot cheaper than buying new fabric.

Small City Scenes said...

Bigger than a lap quilt but now as big as a bed quilt. I like a twin size to snuggle with on the couch
MB

Laurel Wood said...

I know this one will be so snuggly and warm. Perfect for the weather we are having currently. I so admire your sewing skills. The other 2 quilts are just wonderful, also.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Nice thing about shirts from a thrift store is that they have been washed and have already shrunk! Looks like a good project and it will be warm!

Henny Penny said...

The first quilt I ever made was from old men's shirts, flannel housecoats, and very worn pants. I sure was proud of that quilt, but it was not nearly as nice and pretty as yours. Old flannel shirts make the softest warmest quilts.

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Carol- Beads and Birds said...

It's a nice variety of squares. I hate cutting. It's a necessary evil. But I love to sew.
xx, Carol

happyone said...

I sure like that flannel quilt. Would love to have one. Must be so cozy and warm.

Karen said...

This is a wonderful idea! Have a happy valentine's day tomorrow.

ElizrdbthSpeaks said...

such cool colors. i bet they are so warm and cozy. ( :

Denise inVA said...

"My quilts are never planned...they just evolve." I love that! Your quilts evolve into something pretty amazing, and family heirlooms too. A great idea to make them out of shirts. I would never have thought of that. Happy weekend to you Rose :)