Some years ago, I made quilts for three siblings. As you can imagine, it could have been very expensive to make three quilts using brand new fabric. I suggested the quilts be made from reclaimed fabric. The idea had come to me as I walked into one of our local charity shops. All their men's shirts were displayed by colour on circular hanging racks. It looked fabulous and it immediately triggered the idea to use shirts to make a quilt. The lady I was making them for, agreed with me and so, two blue and one lilac quilts were made.
I always had the idea of doing it again and had collected a number of lilac/purple themed shirts. They had been sitting on my shelf for some time, but with preparing this month's class for club members, it was their time to shine.
As there was so much fabric leftover, I decided to make a small quilt. The details of how I made it are in the bonus projects for club members.
If you just want to give quilting a go, and are not sure about investing lots of money into it, then why not try recycling older fabric. I find there are lots of as new shirts/skirts in charity shops available at a very reasonable price. I go for the bigger sizes as you get more fabric for your money. Don't forget, quilting used to be all about using up fabric from worn out textiles. They were pieced together to form quilts for keeping warm through the winter month. Now that this quilt is finished, it's going to be sent to Boxes of Love...Project Syria's Children. Hopefully, it will help to keep someone warm.
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