I am so happy with my sewing room except for one area….
My recycled shirts. I love my quilts that are made from recycled shirts….really love them. Check out the ones I’ve made… Cactus Patch, Hand Me Downs,Criss Cross Applesauce, Scrappy Mountain Majesties and Bargello in Plaid. They are the softest comfiest quilts ever. The kids fight over Criss Cross Applesauce. When I had my great quilt giveaway. I gave away LOTS of my regular quilts but not my shirt
My problem, my shirts are currently (for the most part) being stored whole-in garbage bags-in a pile where I can’t really get to them! It’s a chore to even try.
Well no one wants to make a quilt if you first have to de-bone all the shirts first. YUCK!
There are so many quilts that I want to make that are in Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II. It’s actually one of my favorite books of her’s but I don’t make the quilts in it. WHY?? I have to de-bone the shirts first. The fabric is not readily available. It’s easier to start a project when the fabric is ready to go.
Well that’s ending. I am going to de-bone my shirts. I am making a commitment to tackle these shirts. Confession time here…I likely have 100 shirts…aw heck. Likely more-but who know? I can’t get to them!!
In my defense, where we live, I can get the shirts in a bag a the thrift stores for very little money…something like a bag of shirts for $3…even a $1 a bag. Who can resist? Not me. Often I’ll go to the thrift store, I’ll find a couple shirts for me and there is still lots of room in my bag. I end up filling the bag with shirts..and shirts and shirts.
I’ve brought a bag of shirts downstairs. Over nap time I’ve de-boned a couple shirts for the last week or so. I’ll de-bone another while supper is cooking. It’s a VERY slow pace…but I’ll get them done eventually.
My goal is to try to have all the shirts de-boned by the end of April. At the end of the month I take my radioactive iodine treatment to kill my thyroid cancer. I’ll have to take time off of childcare then. If I don’t get them done before then, I’m going to do it full time until I’m finished. Then from that point forward, all shirts will be de-boned as they come into the house.
If I am going to really make quilts with these, I have to make the “fabric” usable. Getting these shirt under control is the only way it’s going to happen! I’m committed.
Is anyone else with me?? Does anyone else have shirts that are in bags waiting for attention..wanting to be used? Leave me a comment here and let me know if you too are in a predicament like mine….I really don’t think I am the only one!