Recycled Clothing QAL

This is an informal quilt-along to use what you have. My reclaimed quilt began because one of my husband’s shirts was ruined in the laundry.  My plan is to loosely follow the pattern for Kaffe Fassett’s Shirt-Stripe Boxes quilt idea from his Passionate Patchwork book.

Sadly, as of February 13, 2012, I *still* haven’t finished this quilt.  What is my problem??  These are the posts that refer to the quilt-along.

1. Inspiration post.

2. Informal announcement for a QAL.

The Flickr group.

3. Tips on cutting up your clothing.

4. Using the Companion Angle, or a quarter-square ruler to cut the triangles.

5. My approximate plan.

My progress photos on Flickr.

Here are some examples of other recycled clothing quilts that might inspire you. Be creative and make something you will like!  And then go share your progress in the Flickr group.

§ 10 Responses to Recycled Clothing QAL

  • Ashira says:

    YAY! Thank you!! I see it I see it right there on the list on the left!! yipeee!! uhhh…..where was it before? Was I going crazy? Hope I didn’t cause too much hassle. Thank you for such a quick response though!


  • Colette says:

    Oh so nice and super cute projects. I have a few worn out shirts and blouses in gingham and stripes that I am wondering what to do with. I can’t see giving them to teh Goodwill. My hubby also is holding on to some shirts he wont let me have to pass on.
    Any suggestions on a use for these. I am not into quilting but love the art.

  • deb says:

    Very cool. Love how you used the stripe for a great block effect.

  • Slizzy Greensleeves says:

    Your quilts are lovely. I am inspired to have a go at quilting myself now. Love the recycled shirt quilt.

  • lynnie says:

    just came across your website and I think it is fab especially the recycled clothing thanks for sharing x

  • Gayle Albin says:

    You don’t have a problem because the quilt isn’t finished! It just needs to have a home for now in you UFO bin and take it to a quilt shop some day when they are working on UnFinished Objects! Won’t the other quilters LOVE seeing your work!

  • I’m excited to see someone making quilts from repurposed fabric! I’ve been using dress shirts, a huge polkadot skirt and some denim. Happy Creating

  • lynnie says:

    I think this is a super idea. I think I,ll have to have a go with this one. enter drawers, cupboards and anything else I can rummage in. got to get to grips with this…. thanks for sharing…. luv it…. Lynnie x

  • Michelle says:

    I bookmarked your site ages ago and now I am ready to start making a quilt for the first time. However I am most put off by the pricing of the materials. Other than recycled materials, do people really spend $300+ on a Queen Size bed quilt? Maybe this is a hobby I shouldn’t get into, knowing how I can get carried away.

  • Kate says:

    I have done a lot of work with recycled fabric (T shirt quilt, memory quilt etc) and have enjoyed the pieces but remember the fabric is already washed and worn.. many of the fabrics will start to fall apart after a few more years wash and wear, also mixing linens denims fine lawn (even if interfaced) will not last. Lately I only use 100 % good quality new quilting cotton, as there are so many hours of work in a quilt. Linen is the worst it shreds and wears quickly at the “bumps” near the patchwork seams. If you use an old shirt try to choose the least worn fabric (lower sleeves)

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