Yahoo!! I’m over here in NE Iowa doing a happy dance. I am officially and completely caught up on cutting up my shirts. I told you all my goal was to get through all four garbages of shirts that I had here waiting to be cut up. Last week I forged ahead and just finished them all!!
My easy goal had been to cut up one shirt a day but once I saw that the finish line was close I decided to just go for it. Here what I did last week.
I have the shirts, a bag of blue and yellow scraps, more scraps, and a bowl of buttons. I already have everything cleaned up and put away. I’m so happy. I can’t remember the last time I was completely caught up on shirts!!
To be honest, I don’t know if I was ever completely caught up on shirts!! This is HUGE accomplishment for me. I know those of you who love working with shirts can likely relate.
Do you want to know what is happening next?? I’m… cutting out a quilt. The icky part of cutting the shirts is done…now on to the fun.
The quilt I am gearing up to tackle is Oregon or Bust.
This is on my UFO Dirty Dozen list. I know a lot of people wouldn’t count it as a UFO but I am because the quilt has been on my brain ever since I saw Mary at Country Threads Chicken Scratch, make hers…but I really haven’t cut a single piece of fabric for it yet!!
This is the original from the book…
The book that the pattern is in is Scraps and Shirttails II. I’ve made so many quilts from this book. I’m thrilled to be making another.
I liked it just fine but then I saw Mary’s version (Mary from Country Threads-Chicken Scratch). This inspired me to really get serious about making the quilt. Mary made her’s a little smaller than the original.
In typical Jo fashion, I’m going to make mine larger than the original. HA!! Mary and I joke back and forth about her making small quilts and me making bigger ones.
Mary did her’s different from the book. She has the two scrappy borders and I totally plan on doing that too. You’ll have to pop over to Country Threads and read Mary’s story about her print with the stars on it. You can find it HERE.
This quilt has been on a way back burner…only in the collection of shirt stage for so long. It’s now moving up but still not on the front burner. I’ll be cutting the quilt out over the next couple of weeks during nap time. I love having a nap time project that’s quiet and I can still keep an eye on the kiddos.
So plan to see a lot of this quilt over the next couple of months until I get it finished.
I decided while I am cutting it out I am also going to cut out Bonnie Hunter’s Sugar Bowl quilt at the same time. That quilt is also on my UFO list. Being I’ll have the fabric out and want variety in my projects, I can cut a block or two for each of the quilts completely using up a shirt front or sleeve.
I have more deadline projects looming so this will be a slow process on getting this one done.
Thanks so much, Mary for the inspiration to make this quilt. I can’t wait until it’s time to start sewing!!