I have had my new Scraps and Shirttails II book by Bonnie Hunter for two weeks now. I’ve been wanting to review it but truly can’t think of the words to describe how WONDERFUL I think it is.
If you aren’t familiar with Bonnie Scraps and Shirttails quilting books, let me give you a little background. Bonnie makes the quilts in the books using primarily 100 percent cotton shirts from men’s shirt from thrift stores. I had the first book and liked it..thought about making a quilt…but the thought of collecting enough shirts seemed daunting. The book went to the back of my cupboard. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the quilts. I just didn’t fall head over heals for the quilts. To me, the quilts had a look of being made with thrifted fabric.
Fast forward to the newest book….
The pictures in the book are great. Many of the photos show the quilts in a modern setting and they look stunning. In this book, Bonnie lost the feel of the quilts being made from thrifted material.
Isn’t this quilt STUNNING??!! Many of the quilts in the new book feature amazing fun borders. Aren’t the Ohio Stars on the border of this quilt WONDERFUL??! I think every person I have shown this quilt to wants me to make one for them!
If you are looking for “guy” quilts. I don’t see a quilt in the book that a guy wouldn’t like. My husband agreed….my son too.
I am completely in love. If you bought Bonnie’s book..and thought like I did, that the quilts looked thrifted, and decided to not buy the second, you are missing out. There are 13 quilts in the book, I think I’ll be making all 13 at sometime in my quilting life…luckily I already have Carolina Christmas done. It was the mystery quilt from 2009.
After loving this book so much I went back to my shelf and pulled out the previous book…
I tried to imagine the quilts in this book in a modern setting….They took on a new life for me. There are several I want to make in there now too.
Just to give you an idea on how much I like the quilts…..I had made Bonnie’s Roll Roll Cotton Ball quilt. I HATED the string piecing. I vowed I wouldn’t be doing string piecing again. Well there are several quilt in the books that have string piecing. I don’t mind or care. I will be doing string piecing. The quilts look that fabulous and will be worth it!
I bought some shirts a couple weeks ago and have begun destructing them…Luckily I got 39 shirts for $13. Then a week ago I bought a couple more for $2 each. Then yesterday, I hit the jackpot. I got 78 shirts for $16.
Getting the shirts was one of the crazier things I have done in my life. The local thrift store has a notorious bag sale twice a year when they switch seasons. Wednesday was the day. The store opens at 9:00. I got there are 8:50. There were about 35 people in line to get into the store. The doors opened and people hurried inside. Once inside people grabbed grocery bags. Anything that was in the store could be put in the bag and the price of the bag was $4. I hurried to the men’s shirts section. I grabbed like crazy…anything and everything that might be cotton. I found a corner and sorted through the shirts putting cotton ones in the bags and others back on the rack. It was CRAZY. After the frenzy settled, I still had room in my bags so I went to the ladies section and then the kids section finding a few more cotton shirts there. With a bit more room, I headed to the women’s blazer section and found two wool blazers. IT WAS A WONDERFUL DAY….I think my version of black Friday except it was at a thrift store, on Wednesday in February. All toled, 78 shirts and two blazers all for $16. WOW! Totally worth it for this Scraps and Shirttails obsessed girl.
I have started destructing shirts…what a job but again, totally worth it.
I drew our a little chart showing what size of strips I need for each of the quilts I want to make….Oh, I can’t wait for the destructing to end the sewing to begin!
Making quilts from recycled clothing is just another way I am “going green”….Don’t forget to take time to check out the GE Light Bulb giveaway. It’s still going on and you don’t want to miss your chance to win their amazing new 20 year light bulbs!