31 January 2009
What do a pile of old shirts and a pair of men's pyjama pants have in common? Easy really - they are the basis for my next quilt. I have been scouring around in discount stores and op shops (thrift shops) for blue and white striped fabric to make Kaffe Fassett's shirt-stripe boxes quilt. As I love both blue and white and geometric shapes, this quilt has my name on it and I have been wanting to make it for ages. It is really difficult to buy blue and white stripes in new fabric so I took Kaffe's advice and am using old shirts (and pyjama pants, though that's my idea). This quilt should be very economical to make as I paid only $4.00 for most of these shirts and you get a lot of fabric in a shirt. You get even more for your money if you buy a pair of 'alpha male' extra large men's pajama pants.
Here is the first block.
Already I am experiencing that feeling of excitement and anticipation I always get when I start a new project. This is tempered somewhat by the knowledge that I have about 200 more of these to make in various sizes. This looks like being a very long-term project.
In these hard financial times, it makes me feel very virtuous to be creating something new from something old.