Quilters are often asked to make things for others. I am sure that non-quilters are mystified by the quilting process, and look to someone who can do it, and who enjoys doing it, to turn vague ideas into reality.
I am beginning one such project. I have been given a bag full of plaid men's work shirts, and have taken on the task of making two throw quilts for a friend. It is hard to imagine what to do when you have this to begin with:
I searched the internet to see what I could learn about deconstructing men's shirts. I recalled that I knew Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville's Quips and Snips derived some of her fame and popularity by using men's shirts to create beautiful scrap quilts. I searched her name on You-Tube and found a 15-20-minute video on "de-boning" men's shirts. That guided me, but I soon gave up some of the fussier stuff she recommended. Her goal was to get every bit of fabric out of each shirt; my goal is to get enough to make 2 throw quilts. I think 27 shirts will be plenty, especially if I augment those with some solids I have on hand.
This is my project for quilt camp, and what I spent 4 hours working on yesterday. I will be heading back to Chillicothe today for Quilt Camp Day 2. Everyone is just starting their projects, so I didn't bother to take pictures, but I will definitely be recording all the wonderful creations stitched up this week.
Happy Quilting, Friends!