Moving On…..

Thanks for all the compliments but I STILL don’t have that picture placed in the header so I will keep trying. If you see this photo again in the post, please don’t think I intended to post it ….again. I was sure I followed the directions – evidently not so I will try later today. This will be a big day for posts because I’m going to show you the shirt quilt and then in a separate post I’m going to do a machine binding tutorial. And that will be the title so you can find it again when you need it.

Remember these two men’s shirts, both by the same company but slightly different tropical prints?

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I cut both shirts into squares – I got 70 squares, 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ with a few little scraps left over.

One shirt was 2XL and one was L. I planned a couch quilt 7 x 10 blocks with sashing and cornerstones, the easiest most traditional pattern possible. Here it is on the quilting machine last night.

I plan to use this quilt for the machine binding tutorial later today.

I will show you some close ups at that time.

Don’t forget September 1 we will post the 2 Hour Couch Quilt. Here’s a little hint:

Hard to see anything, huh?

Sugar Maple quilt pattern still available for $3.00 sent with an address label and/or a business size of envelope to Country Threads, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA 50438.

Sugar Maple will be available only until September 15. If you want this pattern, please order now. We can only make one or two patterns available at a time since we are not set up for multiple orders and not everyone remembers to tell me which pattern they are ordering — hint hint.

Look for the next post later today.

26 thoughts on “Moving On…..

  1. Roxanne

    So so so fun! I know I’ve seen great Hawaiian shirts at the thrift store and now you’ve shared a great idea for using them. When you said you got 70 5 1/2″ squares I was shocked. Thank you for this tutorial!

  2. Cindy Cigrand

    I love your red shirt print quilt. Can you share the size of the little squares and strips used, please?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Clingy Cigrand – if the squares are 5-1/2” then the sashing has to be the same length. The width will depend on how big you cut your squares. My square was 1-1/2”. So that makes the width of the strip 1-1/2” as well. I wish I could draw on my IPad!

  3. Jo

    Great quilt! If I didn’t have such a huge stash, I go to the thrift store today.
    Question…what is the white thing on your longarm? The thin cord running along the side. Looks like a light of some sort. If it’s additional lighting, is it plugged in to the machine?

  4. Martha Engstler

    Never in a million years would I have thought you could get such a fantastic quilt out of only 2 shirts. I made a quilt for my son out of his old flannel shirts plus thrift shop and fabric shop additions. It was done with upteen 2 1/2 inch squares. King size with a flannel sheet for the backing. Turned up great if I do say so myself.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Martha – you have my utmost admiration for making a king size quilt with 2-1/2” squares!!!!

  5. Becky from IA/TX

    Ohmygoodness……love what you did with the shirts!!!!! Can’t wait for the 2hr couch quilt! How do you find time to do all of this!

  6. Carolyn Boutilier

    shirt quilt is really a neat idea. Bet I could find some at the thrift shop to make a tropical quilt.
    Thanks for posting. Carolyn B

  7. Sue in Oregon

    I would never have guessed you could get 72 blocks out of those shirts. I love it. Perfect setting for them, too.

  8. Janet

    I love the shirt quilt. I have made a men’s shirt quilt from oxford shirts, but would not have thought about Hawaiian shirts. Thanks for the inspiration. I love the quilting you did too on it.

  9. Maryjane

    Shirt quilt is wonderful! Wouldn’t have imagined that. I am always amazed how fast you get things made – you have so many things to do.

  10. Diane

    Thank you for the shirt quilt. I have 5″ squares I bought in Hawaii that I wasn’t sure what I’d do with them. Now I know and I know how to border and sash it, too:) I’ll bet it’s quiet with Reed in school. I love to think about what he’s learning from you and in school. Great.

  11. Launa

    I just took a similar shirt from my donation to thrift store bag! Thanks Mary! Yours is wonderful!

    Thought the big bear 🐻 had gone elsewhere, but it was back n mozying up the mountain into National Forest a few ago. We think it really has bad vision as it ran smack into a tree yesterday to avoid the Can Am Polaris driving past where it was snoozing.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – poor bear! Maybe he’s old?
      So glad you retrieved your shirt – haha!

  12. MartyCae

    I love when you post your projects. And I am with Dee T. – I would have never thought of that!

  13. Carole S.

    Your dandy photo showed up in the header on your email! Does that count? Great photo!

    I look forward to this couch quilt! Goodness knows, I have the fabric for it!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carole S – hmmm, that’s a mystery why it would be in the email header. I wish I understood this IPad better!

  14. Dee t

    The shirt quilt. Is beautiful. Never would have thought. Of doing something like that
    I guess I no longer have an imagination.

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