To that end, I've been trying to do a few things although the state of my cutting table is hampering that quite a bit:
One things I wanted to get off of it was a project that has long been on the periphery of my quilt plans: De-boning Shirts for Quilting. Last month while I was out looking for new planters for my terrace, my DH and I had started by checking out the local Habitat For Humanity Re-Store shop. I didn't find any planters but I did score three flannel plaid shirts for $1 each. I love making flannel quilts, love the idea for re-purposing shirts for quilt fabric as made famous by Bonnie Hunter in her books Scraps and Shirtales I and II. I haven't often found shirts in previous trips to thirft stores (or at least they have often been more expensive than that) so this time I grabbed them as quick as I could!
|This is a shot of them after de-boning one of them.|
I was able to get two of them done before last month ended and over the past couple of weeks finished up the last one as well as four other shirts I had purchased years ago. As Bonnie points out, it's really amazing how much fabric you can get from even one shirt and with very little waste!
This is a picture of a quilt called "Fragments of the Past" by Lyn Inall that appeared in a wonderful book called "Quiltmakers of Australia: Celebrating the Traditions".
I've always wanted to make this quilt which in the book is made out of re-cycled wool using a block template called "Batwing". Later when I learned about Bonnie's re-use philosophies, I instead started looking for shirts to re-cycle to make it . As I said, I didn't find many and certainly not as cheap as Bonnie and others I've read about on the web get them for. I don't know if the collection I have amassed will actually get made up in this design or if they will get used in one of the other numerous flannel quilt design ideas I've collected.
At the least I'm glad to finally get the "stash" cut down into more manageable and easily stored pieces. In the center are all the shirts (most are flannel but a few are regular cotton), on the bottom is a pair of DH's flannel lounge pants that bit the dust and on top some flannel pieces that were on remnant or sale tables. Don't know when I'll get to work on this but it's exciting to know it's there!
So now, what's next?