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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Shirts Galore and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday!  I've been swimming in men's shirts for several days this week.  Ordinarily, when I take a commission for a memory quilt (which is not very often), I make one or two quilts, and continue on with my other sewing at the same time, but right now, I've been processing 26 shirts and cutting out five lap size quilts from them.  When my commission is so large though, I have to put everything else aside and get down to business.  

I always choose fairly simple patterns when working with shirts, partly because I don't want to take away from the patterns in the shirt fabrics, but also because very often, the shirts given to me are not 100% cotton, which is the case with these.  Many of them are cotton/linen blend, a few are cotton/poly blend, and a couple are 100% linen, which is challenging to sew to say the least.

I usually keep the background, binding, and backing fabric consistent when I make "sets" of memory quilts.  For these, I chose Kona Khaki as a background fabric to give them a unified look, and I love the look of men's shirts with khaki.  I'm planning to "batch" these quilts to finish them as efficiently as possible.  At this point, I have all five quilts cut out and ready to piece.  I'm hoping to have these done and shipped off well before the holidays (even though this isn't actually a Christmas order).  They will definitely be keeping me busy for awhile.

Before we get to the party, let's check out the projects from last week that are keeping you busy!  Take a look at this stunning autumn quilt finish by Quiltpiecer.  I just love the fall colors!

Anja Quilts shared this lovely quilt.  The chunky hand quilting is so pretty!

This icy snowflake quilt top is by Celine at Espritpatch-

I love this sampler quilt by Lori at Crossquilt-

And finally, Frederique at Quilting, Patchwork, Applique showed off this cool quilt finish-

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  1. Best of luck on blasting through that 5-quilt commission, Kelly!!

  2. Hope to see the shirt quilts, 5 is a lot of work!!

  3. Whoa! 5 is a lot of quilts.

  4. Will you post your shirt pattern or instructions? I have 3 to make. Thank you.

  5. Five quilts is a lot...five shirt quilts is insane! I've never made a quilt from shirts or a memory quilt. Cutting clothing that has a deep special meaning is rather scary to me!

  6. FIVE at a time! I'm going to try doing the Sew Along for Blue Triangles in a language I don't speak! But the translation button does a pretty good job of it. LOVE all the cross post quilts, had to really study the rainbow one - all diff blocks, didn't see it at first. Thanks.

  7. Oh wow, you will be busy for sure. Are they 5 identical quilts you are making? Thank you for featuring my snowflake!

  8. I love seeing what people do for memory quilts with men’s shirts. Looking forward to seeing yours!

  9. It is good to see shirts being turned into so many lap quilts.

  10. Oh my goodness, thank you for featuring my fall leaf quilt. I do have to admit that it is one of my favorite quilts. I also love seeing what people do with shirt quilts. I do hope you share your completed quilts. I would like to see your design although I have been inspired by your past shirt quilts.

  11. Good luck with the memory quilts. I've been asked to make one for a baby, which includes a tie and wedding dress. Hmmm....not sure how to make that work yet. Thanks for sharing my quilt.

  12. All I can think of when I see the big task you're taking on is that they can't be paying you enough! But good for you! I am sure your quilt design will be beautiful, and that the recipients will love them. I hope they all go together very smoothly.


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