Friday Finish: Hand Me Downs

I started this quilt about three years ago.  It ended up in the UFO box because I couldn’t decide on border fabric.


The quilt isn’t faded at the corner the way it looks.  The sun and the wind were playing with me making it hard to get a photo.

The star blocks are all 100% cotton recycled shirts.  The rest of the quilt top is store bought fabric.  The pattern is Hand Me Downs from Bonnie Hunter’s book, Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-pupose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green”.  The pattern uses a more of a gold rather than a yellow fabric but my star blocks were more yellow than gold so I went with yellow.  My daughter Kelli thought it would be a mistake but I went with it anyway.  In the end, we both like it.

I used a recycled sheet for the backing but the sheet was a little narrow so I add some more star blocks along with more yellow fabric.


I used a black and white variegated thread for the back and the front was a brown variegated thread. The quilting pattern is a Pajama Quilter pattern that I think was called floral stipple.  I loved it and it was really, really easy to figure out.  I was looking for a way to break out of a stipple rut, the Pajama Quilter’s things are just what I needed.

This was my March UFO.  I had the quilt top finished in March but the quilting and binding waited for April and the blog post waited until May.  Eventually they get done!!

This quilt has plans to stay at my house I think…
We have two giveaways going on.  One here for Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Magazine and one here for Pieced Hexies book.

Today, I am hooking up with……Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays and Crazy Mom Quilts.

22 thoughts on “Friday Finish: Hand Me Downs”

  1. I love the quilt! Great job! The border treatment is wonderful and really adds to the overall effect of the quilt.

  2. i agree! floating the quilt blocks out into the border gives the whole quilt an unexpected sense of freedom, as though the blocks could take on a life of their own . Brilliant!!!

  3. I really love this quilt. Her patterns are great, aren’t they? Love the thought of recycled shirts for fabric. I’m working on one now for my dd.

  4. Jo, you are so prolific! I love this quilt and what you’ve done with it, especially that pieced backing. Thank you for showing some close-up pictures so we can really appreciate the fabrics and the quilting.
    BTW, we are having our saved-in-the-freezer second batch of your delicious enchiladas recipe tonight for supper. They are fabulous and I can count on zero leftovers, lol!

  5. Love your quilt, Jo! You sure get a lot done. Wish I could get as much done. I have the time as I’m retired but don’t seem to get a lot done.

  6. Love it, Jo. Your border selection is perfect. As always, your quilts are beautiful. I just wish I had your energy :)

  7. Wow, Jo! What a great finish! Love the way the black makes the blocks pop and showcases the pretty colors and your border is really something special! Good call on the yellow!

  8. So beautiful! I love the use of black, and fitting in the extra blocks in the border and the back. A quilt to be very happy about!

  9. Great choices! I just got several shirts at the ‘by the pound’ section of the Garment District here in Cambridge – going to be trying one of these projects. Interesting the way you used different thread on front and back… thanks for sharing!

  10. Whoop! Whoop! What a fabulous quilt. You chose very well for the border. I love that most of the fabrics for this are recycled. And it’s so pretty!

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