Saturday, 31 January 2009

Quilting on the cheap

I'm a bit of a hoarder. OK, OK, a lot of a hoarder. I find it physically painful to throw away stuff I might need. So when Mr DC was turfing old shirts out of his wardrobe I knew I had to hang on to them. I was planning to make bunting - when all else fails, make bunting, right? But then I was browsing though Last Minute Patchwork Gifts, saw the (Sort of) Crazy quilt and realised this was where I could use them up.


This is a fab design, because it's meant to be faintly wonky, and look rather unplanned, and I must confess I've been putting off starting a 'proper' quilt because all those carefully placed pieces and the lining up of seams scares me a bit.

The blue floral backing is a set of 4 pillowcases picked up for a pound each in Oxfam, I had the batting squirrelled away from an earlier buying expedition and the binding is made from an old charity shop duvet cover - so now I can feel smug and virtuous about using what I have, and conveniently ignore the silly amounts of unused supplies hanging around drawers and cupboards ...



37 comments:

  1. Oh I like it! I like it a lot! I've been saving my Dad's shirts for years - even the ones he'd intended for Mr Locket!!! I once saw a shirt quilt in a magazine long before I was a real crafter and have always planned to make one of my own.

    Lucy xxx

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  2. ooh that is a good idea....... x

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  3. ooo Locket! I'm sure I saw that to, was it a make in a weekend one?

    Luvverly work there Missus Monkey

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  4. SUPERB!!! That is one beautiful quilt, well done!

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  5. Ooh Val it's lovely! All the fancy fabrics in the world can't make up for the pleasure of making something beautiful out of what you already have - especially if that happens to be 'free'.
    It'll be perfect to snuggle under when it starts to snow tomorrow!!

    xxx

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  6. Its lovely - and hurrah for making it using shirts - I used to want to pilfer my dad's shirts when I was about 15/16 (I thought it would be tres cool to wear them with a tight belt. In hindsight I was wrong, especially as it WASN'T the 80s!) so this makes me think of slightly simpler days!

    Have a lovely weekend
    xx

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  7. It's a beautiful quilt - well done you! My mum made my aunt a lovely quilt out of my uncle's old shirts. Soft shirting is so lovely to touch - it makes the perfect quilt, doesn't it? I bet your girls will love that one. x

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  8. It's wonderful! It looks so snuggly already and the colours are lovely - good taste in shirts!

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  9. I love it and I think that is just what quiltig should be about. I must admit that I was a tiny bit disappointed to realise that the flowery material was not part of the shirt stash. I wondered if Mr DC had hidden depths...

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  10. That looks so cozy and lovely.

    Even wonky quilting scares me a bit. I thought I had conquered my quilting fears, but I'm just as chicken as ever...

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  11. I feel I can come clean and admit to also having a 'shirt stash' waiting to be made into a lovely faded vintage style quilt.

    Mabe this is the year...

    Celia

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  12. What a beautiful quilt, well done. Jane x

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  13. Ooh that's very lovely Val. I think it has extra magic as it's not only stash busting but recycled aswell. Super green, vintage and gorgeous! I'm rather envious.

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  14. Oh it's so very pretty, you did an amazing job and should feel very smug and virtuous indeed.

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  15. Lovely, Val! I've been trying to poach my father's shirts...he's a bit reluctant, sadly... Your quilt is beautiful.

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  16. That is beautiful and very inspiring! I've got a stash of Stewart's shirts squirrelled away so now I know what I need to do with them. Funny, but thought bunting too!

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  17. I have a big pile of clothes that I can't throw out as I think they may be of use. The quilt is gorgeous

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  18. it's lovely Val, and I love the way you've thrifted it too. xx

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  19. Ooooh, Pretty, Pretty! I love that you made it all from thrifted materials and I love the blue!

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  20. It's lovely. My hoarding only results in a lot of (unlovely) clutter!

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  21. What a brilliant idea the quilt looks great! I cut off the buttons from 2 shirts yesterday thinking they may be usefull for something, but did manage to bin the shirts.

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  22. Wow Val! That is gorgeous!! it's amazing what beauty lies in a hoard!! I am just about to go into my loft to explore mine!! xx

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  23. I love it - I may put off the ironing and cut up Mr MR's shirts instead!! Really lovely job!

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  24. Love how it turned out. I'm a major hoarder too and I can't throw out old clothes that still have usable parts :)

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  25. Crazy-ish quilts are my favorite kind, and yours is stunning! Looks completely professional! My husband tends to wear his shirts until they aren't even suitable for quilting use, but my children's clothing has potential...

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  26. Thats recycling at its best. A lovely quilt.

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  27. oh wow that is lovely and what a great idea - hubby has a few shirts he doesn't wear anymore - might have to pinch them! don't worry about matching up, mine never do!!!

    xx

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  28. What a wonderful quilt and such a good idea to use up old shirts, the patterns and colours go together so well. Do you have snow there, I imagine you wrapped up in your quilt looking out of the window, or perhaps buried in the snow!!!
    Kimxxx
    Sorry I haven't replied to your email. It would be great to meet up but, as usual I have no idea what we're doing just yet. I think we will be going to London and Kent for part of it but should be around for some of it. Fingers crossed we will both be around at the same time

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  29. Wonderful quilt...love the soft colors and mish-mash pattern! A great treasure you've made...and frugal too, I like that! ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  30. How pretty! Good idea, I would like to try it... if my dad would let me have his old shirts!

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  31. I have used mens shirts in various bits and bobs, they come in such perfect stripes and tones!
    Beautiful quilt, I love the floral touch too.
    Emx

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  32. wow! It's gorgeous Val. I love the faint wonkiness and the subtle colours. I'm off to rummage through H's cupboard and see what I can pinch and put away for my eventual foray into quilting!

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  33. So pretty Val. It has a really lovely vintagey look to it and you know me, I'm all for a bit of repurposing! Bravo!

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  34. Love it - what a brill idea.

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  35. I am currently making a quilt from old shirts too! I love the whole recycle idea! I am doing one of Bonnie Hunter's quilts on quiltville.com
    --maggie
    http://www.stampingwithmaggie.com

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