30 May 2014

Thrifty Finds

In keeping with the spirit of the original depression era quilt, and the challenge issued by Brigitte, I wanted to make this quilt entirely from my stash. I did purchase the red dot focus fabric as that was an integral part of the challenge. I have had great fun rummaging through my baskets looking for suitable fabrics, I am however short on a couple of the colours I want to use.
Last week I popped into one of our local charity shops to drop off some books, and spotted a blouse in the exact shade of blue that I needed, it is a pretty blue/yellow floral 100 % cotton hardly worn blouse, perfect I thought for using in my quilt. Further down the shop I found an even better treasure - a brand new mens shirt in a lovely duck egg and red stripe, even better was the fact that it was sized XXXL - that's a lot of fabric!!!

washed, disassembled, and ready to cut up for the quilt...
I think they will work really well with the rest of the fabrics I want to use. I know most of you probably do this all the time, but this is the first time I have bought clothes to cut up! I will definitely do it again!

Here is the piece after round 11, I love how the whole feel of the patchwork changes each time another round of colour is added.

4 comments:

  1. Just as well there is so much fabric in that shirt, as the rows get longer and longer...

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  2. Fantastic! Nice shirts too! I admit, I haven't used clothing yet for quilts. Though I've thought about it!

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  3. What great finds and probably much cheaper than the equivalent fat quarters too :)

    ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

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  4. What great finds and I think that they will work really well in your quilt! Making a quilt is a great way to repurpose old clothing and give it a new life! I was visiting a friend this week and we were admiring one of her hexagon quilts. The centers of each hexagon are made from her husband's shirt. It was a shirt he was still wearing but it was perfect for the quilt so she washed it and cut it up! That might not have been such a great idea but I do have to admit that it was the perfect fabric for the quilt!

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