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Annie posted on Mon, Mar 5 2012 1:17 PM

A frend of mine has asked me to make a quilt using her late husband's shirts.  Shirts are mostly cotton.

 

Any suggestions?

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Annie I just finished making 24 houses out of a ladys shirts and pants for her hubby ,I use a very mild stablizer for the shirts as they were worn and to keep then from getting wonky. it worked well for me and kept them in place very well . Some of them were slick  like polyster .but it came out really good . Hope this helped .Barbara 

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Annie did she give you any idea on how she wanted these done? If not I would ask here ,if she just wants you to make a quilt any kind I'd do something easy like a nine patch  where you don't have to mess with HST ,LOL  or churn dash . they all make nice quilts .Barbara

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Annie replied on Mon, Mar 5 2012 1:59 PM

Barbara,

Thanks,

I think I may do an even simpler quilt.  I was thinking of rectangles  maybe 3x6 or 4x8 and then stagger them, brick-like. Patricia, my friend says she wants a scappy look, but not with any points or designs, so I think rectangles may work best.

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Annie  , yes I think that would  work great  like a fence rail  pattern . I would use some stablizer  if some of the fabric is thin, it will help ,  Good luck hope you will post a picture when you get finished . Barbara

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Annie replied on Mon, Mar 5 2012 2:14 PM

Thanks again Barbara, and I'll be sure to post pictures.

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gini replied on Mon, Mar 5 2012 3:49 PM

Annie when I started quilting all my fabric was old clothes and scraps.  They didn't wear as well, but they were strictly utilitarian to keep us warm and they were well used.

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Hi Annie,

 You could also use those same bricks and make a coin quilt! sounds like fun.

Judylee

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Annie - some of the gals in my sewing guild have made memory quilts using shirts / blouses / dresses.  One gal has made over 700 memory bears using clothing.  Just remember that was all that our "foremothers" had to make quilts for their families.  I think Barbara's tip about some stabilizer if the shirts are thin is great. 

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I helped make three quilts out of a friend's late husbands shirts for their three daughters.  I designed it very simply so she could do most of the piecing.  We cut squares out of the shirts and made rectangles with three rows of two across.  She bought some fabric to sash around them and then added a border out of more squares from the shirt.  I tried to find a picture but have found one.  I know I didn't post them online because I didn't want to spoil their surprise.  They were simple but fit a quilt made of men's shirts.  Some of the shirts were knit so we added interfacing to them but other than that we didn't do anything special.  Backed it with flannel for a cuddly softness.

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Annie replied on Mon, Mar 5 2012 7:25 PM

Marge & Janine,

Thanks for your help.  I will post pictures when I'm done with the top.

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Angele replied on Mon, Mar 5 2012 10:17 PM

Annie, I have done 2 quilts and am working on 2 more using shirts of a friend's parent.  This is for the grandchildren.  I hope to be able to make one with stars and the other one I am not sure yet.  I guess it depends how much is left..  The first quilts I did worked well, they were mostly flannel shirts and brushed cotton.  they were still in good shape.   The first 2 grand children were very happy with theirs.  It just took me a long time to cut through the shirts as I knew the gentlemen very well and miss them.

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Annie replied on Tue, Mar 6 2012 7:37 AM

Angele,

I know how you feel, I am hesitating making that first cut.  I hope I do him justice by making a quilt my friend will cherish for a long time.

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valerie replied on Tue, Mar 13 2012 10:20 AM

I made a baby quilt using old plaid shirts. I did a star pattern and used the back of the shirts for the material as that part of the shirt is normally not as worn out as the front and arms.

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MNnancy replied on Tue, Mar 13 2012 10:30 AM

Annie:
I know how you feel, I am hesitating making that first cut.  I hope I do him justice by making a quilt my friend will cherish for a long time.

Annie, I think this is a very sweet thing you are doing, and it sounds like you received some great advice from the gals here.  My friend Sandy who has been ill for years passed on Sunday morning.  I wish I had thought to ask her if she would like any of her shirts/dresses made into quilts for the grandkids.  


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