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A whole shirt-load

My stash of dress shirts and blouses is dangerously close to critical mass. I thrifted them for a make-and-take project that upcycled the cuffs into luggage tags…Thrifted shirts

So, now what to do with the leftover shirt-age? Considering a quilt, I’ve started poking around for inspiration…

Love this trick of turning the stripes to form pieced squares, adding the solid center is brilliant. Go to Flekka Journal to see the finished stripey quilt.

This shirting quilt, from the blog Carpe Lanam, uses varying sizes of squares, making it a stand-out.


Pairing stripes with polka dots? Yes, ma’am. Not having to cut and piece triangles would be a bonus, too. And this quilt is just adorable.

quilt from inspiration.au.com

Spots and Stripes quilt

Whatever my shirts become in their next life, it’s clear I need to add a few solid colors to this collection. Meet me at the thrift shop?


6 Comments on A whole shirt-load

  1. Kate / Pennello Lane
    December 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great idea, turning shirts into a quilt… and I like the homey look of the different stripes together. Maybe I need to start collecting shirts!

    • Janice
      December 16, 2012 at 2:20 am (5 years ago)

      Could be the start of something….:-)

      • Evgenia
        February 27, 2013 at 5:58 am (5 years ago)

        I take my pieces and cut them into sqaeurs to put into raggy-shaggy quilts. If they are wide enough they may end up in a 6-Hour Quilt Tiny ones (less than 1 wide) clean up the dust bunnies and threads on the floor around my cutting table before going into the trash! Ps. Love your scrap basket! Looks like it contains a couple of quilts already! I call them my back to front tops and do like a chinese coin setting to use them up.

    • Nahuel
      February 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm (5 years ago)

      What a fantastic quilt!! All spacrs, wow that is the best in stash busting!I have a few babies coming into my life via friends and family, I am not an experienced quilter but this looks great, and forgiving. What did you use for the backing if you don’t mind me asking? I love the hand embroidery I think that it make it all the more special .. what a fantastic heriloom.

  2. Kathy
    December 16, 2012 at 1:44 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for featuring my quilt… I’m honored! It was one of my favorites, and now lives on my son’s dorm bed at college.

    • Janice
      December 16, 2012 at 2:19 am (5 years ago)

      Lucky son!


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