Getting the Itch

If you’re like me and have a love of quilts made with shirts, sometimes I’m VERY in the mood to make them and other times, I wonder why I do as cutting up the shirts can be a really lot of work.  I’ve learned that I’m either “in the mood”…and cut out a couple quilts at a time or I’m NOT “in the mood” and don’t touch shirts and even vow that I won’t buy any more shirts and then I go to a thrift store, the prices are fabulous and there I am..buying shirts again.

I can tell that I’m heading towards a “in the mood” stage again.  I am working on Georgia’s quilt right now if I do get to a machine.  But I just might cave big time here….

What’s sending me over the edge??

A sale at the thrift store…shirts were 10 for $5.  I bought all they had.  50 shirts.  I told you about these before…but they’ve been sitting here waiting for me to find some motivation to cut them up.

Well I think I have some motivation.  Mary from Country Threads is the inspiration.  (I stole these photos from Mary’s blog-please go over there and see all of her pictures of the quilts)

Check this out….

Do you Bonnie Hunter fans recognize this as Bonnie Hunter’s quilt Four Patch X?

I’ve already made the quilt…I RARELY EVER make a quilt twice.  Here’s mine….


Mary’s version has me TOTALLY wanting to make it again.  I adore the burgundy and grays.  What a different look to the same quilt.   If anyone is thinking of making a memory quilt, like Mary did, this is absolutely PERFECT.

Mary also did a version of Rectangle Wrangle…another of Bonnie Hunter’s patterns.

Mary wasn’t thrilled with this….me, I like it.  There is something almost like a “Manly watercolor quilt” look to me and I like it.

Here is my version….

I adore mine.

…but I really like Mary’s too.  It has a different feel to it that I like.  It’s almost like there are two different patterns.

So…I’m tempted and it’s all Mary’s fault.  I know I won’t be doing anything
anytime soon.  I still have had little time at a sewing machine since Kramer’s cancer diagnosis.  That’s okay.  I’m still thinking and dreaming and that’s part of the fun.  Thanks so much for the inspiration Mary.  Seriously readers….go check out all of the  photos of Mary’s quilts on her blog HERE.

Hmm…Kayla suppose to be home towards the end of the week.  She is a great help with shirts.  I think I should make sure I have box of shirts here on the main floor in case she gets inspired to cut up shirts.  YEP.  That sounds like the perfect plan.

13 thoughts on “Getting the Itch”

  1. Yes, I’m just like you. I go crazy with recycled shirts for a while, but other times, I just don’t want to deal with them. It’s pretty neat how different the same two patterns look when made by two different people. I’ll go over to Mary’s blog and see what else is there.

  2. I like your “devious” idea preparing for Kayla’s visit! I wish I could get shirts at those prices! Around here they are more like $5 each and occasionally as low as $2. Even at that price buying the quantities needed to get the desired variety is pricey. I love seeing Mary’s quilts and I know I’ll enjoy seeing yours.

  3. One of my favorite parts quilting is that even when I’m not able to quilt–due to the limitations imposed by lupus–I can dream of quilts, plan quilts, look at pictures of quilts, and still feel like a quilter. So even though the situation is keeping you away from the sewing machine, it can’t completely isolate you from all the happy aspects of being a quilter.

  4. You really found a good deal on shirts. Do any of them fit your hubby? Quilts made from them are real pretty. I have never tied quilting with shirts, but it looks fun.

  5. Cheryl in Dallas

    Right now I am finishing the Four Patch – X quilt in Bonnie Hunter’s original colors. I did NOT recognize The first quilt you showed as being that same pattern. Haha! That just shows what a difference colors and fabric choices make in a quilt. Mary’s quilts are inspiring.

  6. You are so lucky to find the shirts. I live in a town where all the thrift shops sell the shirts at high prices. Wish I could find such great deals.

  7. Mary Etherington

    Wow, Jo- isn’t it fun to see the same quilt in different fabrics? You’d hardly believe it was the same pattern, would you? I have a bunch of gorgeous blue and white dress shirts and a few pink ones that I’m planning a quilt around. Haven’t decided yet but I’m looking forward to it. I also have a friend’s dress that I’m going to use in a quilt for a housewarming gift – she’ll be so surprised!
    I haven’t gotten much sewing done either – too many animals and too big a yard all needing my attention.
    Thinking of you guys every single day!

  8. I love the look of shirt quilts, but the price of used shirts around my area is what keeps me from collecting them. The price of shirts at thrift stores are $3 to over $5 a shirt. But that doesn’t stop me from looking and admiring quilts made from shirts. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Oh yes, Mary’s quilt definitely makes for a “gotta make that!” moment. I too wish I could get a great deal like that on shirts — I’ve got a small stash of a few but because the bargain ones like yours are hard to come by. Definitely hopping over to Mary’s for more inspiration/eye candy!

  10. That is quite a haul on shirts! I cannot imagine ever finding a shirt around here for $.050. Around here they start at $3.99 and go to $7.99 for the XX +.

    Happy shirt demolitions ahead! :-)

  11. I am a loyal blog reader and have been following you for many years now. I read with interest all of your experiences with your thyroid cancer and now with Kramer’s lung cancer. Last year I was diagnosed with stage 4 Ovarian cancer and have been fighting for my life. My prayers go out to you and your sweet hubby, as well as the rest of your family. I would like to share a quote that has helped me through many bad days. “On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possible endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100 percent and that’s pretty good” I printed this out on my computer and have it hanging in my bedroom and in my living room. Many days I would sit on the edge of my bed or on my couch and when I read this it makes things more doable. I hope to be able to get back to quilting this summer but I may have to do more chemo instead. I miss sewing and mostly just miss having the energy to do anything. I “pet” my fabric often and dream of finishing more quilts. Love you Jo, you are such an inspiration to me and many others.

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