This has been one of my favorite projects to work on in the past few months. I shopped the thrift stores for blue and orange mens’ shirts and came up with enough of them to make a king size quilt….but I settled on a twin size instead. I get bored easily. Every single piece of fabric including the backing and binding was cut from a shirt – one of my shirts is in this quilt and I have saved it for years just waiting for the perfect quilt.
The fabric with the stars was a shirt from years ago and I couldn’t remember much about it except that I remembered it as a favorite. Then one day last week as I was marking stuff for the sale, I came across a copy of the very first Quilt Sampler and there was the shirt. I was wearing it with a denim jumper in the picture taken of Connie and me for the cover. Ha! I knew there was a reason I kept that shirt.
This pattern came from Bonnie Hunter’s book, “Scraps and Shirttails II”, and is called Oregon or Bust! Bonnie always has a quick and easy way to piece a block and this was no exception. It was so easy and it called for 3 strips, 1-1/2″ x 20″, 2 of which were blue in my quilt and 1 was orange. The block was completed with 4 – 3-1/2″ squares of light. So fun to combine those shirt fabrics – each combination was one block.
And here is the back of the quilt which was pieced from the remainder of the shirts.
I took the picture is a couple different places on different beds. Isn’t that the fun of finishing a quilt – laying it on the bed and admiring it?
So that’s what I’ve been doing since all the dogs went home. It has been a rainy week here in North Iowa and I am catching my breath before the next big group of dogs comes over Memorial Day. Bentley is coming next week for 3 weeks while his mom and dad go to Europe but he’s kind of like one of the family. This weekend Libby is coming for a few days and next weekend Connie and I will be at Quilt Market in Minneapolis. In the meantime I am mowing lawn, picking up sticks (a constant chore in windy North Iowa), planting flowers, marking stuff for the sale June 4-5-6, and relaxing on the porch. Hope all is well with you guys!