Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Friday, June 4, 2021
When I started my scrappy quilting adventure 10ish years ago, my stash was small and I didn't have a lot of fabric from which to pull. Bonnie Hunter @quiltville_Bonnie was (and still is) the guru of scrap quilting. I bought her book: Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle! The Art of "Quilting Green"
(Image borrowed from Amazon)
From this book and the follow-up, Scraps & Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green, I learned how beautiful mens' shirts can be! There is a lot of fabric in a XXL shirt and the colors and combinations are endless. My fabric stash up to that time was mostly Kona Solids and a few fat quarters I had picked up at various quilt shops. Thanks to thrift stores, rummage sales, church sales and even a few estate sales, I built my shirt collection up to the point that almost all of my fun quilts (quilts for myself) had a variety of shirt fabrics in them.
A typical $10 - $15 purchase:
I finally finished the brown quilt (previous post) and named it Quarantine Quilt #1. Not very creative, but I finished it after the shelter-in-place order was placed and our lives were suddenly changed. I decided to change it up a bit, and I'm glad I did.
The backing is #andoverfabrics and the quilting is #baptistfan from #urbanelements
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Saturday, August 10, 2019
For the second year, I was able to participate in Bonnie Hunter's workshop in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Bedford is a quaint little town, full of history and uniqueness. It is home to my favorite guilty pleasure "The Penguin" an old-fashioned walk-up ice cream shop with the BEST #moosetracks ice cream ever.
But to get to the point...quilting! I took two workshops, the first was "Serpentine Web", a fun twist on a spiderweb block. I haven't worked on this one since I've been back home, but I'll get to it. It sits on top (but last in line) of my UFO pile! Photos of that one coming soon.
Second day class was to learn all about Narragansett Blues, a quilt I've had on my bucket list for awhile. It can be found in her book "More Adventures with Leaders and Enders". I seem to accumulate a LOT of blue fabrics, a good lot from recycled mens' shirts, and after seeing how Bonnie's quilt was featuring all those blues, I went with her theme.
Leftover piano key borders, 4 patches, 9 patches, orphan blocks, blah yardage and random recycled shirt pieces make the back of the quilt scrappy and fun. It's not a prize-winner (I've never entered, never will) but it's finished and I love it. Hats off to you, once again @quiltville_bonnie, for your never-ending encouragement and for sharing your talents with us.
Beyond Scrappy...t-shirt quilts are my main gig
Sunday, June 3, 2018
This is the design I came up with, the squares finishing at 10" in the quilt. I love the randomness of color. It was fun "shopping" in the bins for so many color combinations.
|Each square is its own little quilt!|
Wild Zipper Quilts