I’m Dreaming of a Beach Quilt
June 23, 2009 § 25 Comments
A long while ago, I washed one of my husband’s shirts with something that bled pink all over it. It’s been hanging on the door of my sewing room for some time now. Even after several washings, there are still faint tell-tale signs of pink. I finally decided that the only way to redeem myself was to make it into a quilt.
A beach or picnic quilt to be exact. A quilt that we can throw in the car and not care about what happens to it. I picked up a few more shirts at the Goodwill while we have been out of town the last couple of weekends. Believe me, thrifted clothing in this area is not exactly cheap. Cheaper than new, yes. But not “cheap”.
My husband’s niece asked me what I was going to do with the shirts and was aghast that I am planning on cutting them up and sewing them into a quilt!
So… I wonder how many shirts I might need? Is it worth it to unpick the seams, or just cut the shirts apart? I haven’t decided if I want to make striped boxes, or handkerchief corners, or what. Kaffe Fassett has a shirting stripe quilt in his book Passionate Patchwork. Ann of Mason Dixon Knitting talked about this a few years ago. And… here are a few inspirations from Flickr. As always, click on the image to go to the Flickr sources.