Sunday, January 25, 2009

Just a Minor Diversion

shirt quiltThis is just a minor diversion in today's events. I hope you will not think me light-headed when I shift abruptly from my previous post to this one. It is a wonder of today's time that we pack a laptop wherever we go and hence, even in the midst of the most unusual day, we can do the usual. (She said with a smile.)

I've been quilting for nearly twenty years. There were a handful of quilts prior to that but I didn't yet consider myself a "quilter". In those twenty years I've made a ton of quilts...mostly of my own design...mostly using traditional blocks. It's not that I don't admire the patterns and the new ideas of today's quilt's just that somehow my favorite quilts are those that look vintage. And about seven years ago I began a series of shirt quilts.

I think it all started one afternoon at a garage sale. There were four men's dress shirts hanging on a rack. The fabric was 100 percent cotton and I sez to myself, "Why not?" Since then I've purchased a ton of shirts...shirts made by name brand companies and whose fabric is the finest.

This 4-patch in a square in a square is based on a vintage quilt that I found on eBay. I didn't buy the quilt...but the pattern was simple enough to recreate with my shirt stash. The stripey border? Yep, a man's shirt. Such a simple pattern to make such a lovely quilt.

P.S. Check the armpits on those shirts. If they stinketh, pass them by!


Paula said...

I REALLY like this quilt! It looks like an old quilt and I like that look!

Kim said...

Yeah, if they stinketh BE SURE to pass them by - don't forget to check, lol. Love those bargain shirts though. :D

Kim said...

Oooh, the quilt is gorgeous. :)

cinnamongirl93 said...

You have a great eye for shirt selection. The colors and patterns work so well with each other. It looks like a vintage quilt. Nice!

Angoraknitter said...

Oh I love this too! Well, if you find a stinky shirt you "really" like you could try washing it and hanging in the sun to dry. That's how I get my smelly man shirts to smell better.

Ann said...

What a great idea to use the shirts - and garage sale prices are good!

Great looking quilt.