Did you see my last post on the red memory quilt that I made from my Father-in-law's shirts? If not, click here before you read on. The memory quilts that I've made using the slice & insert method take a lot of time, and after staring at the pile of my FiL's shirts for nearly a year, I wanted something that would go together a little quicker and more easily. I stuck with the large scale blocks, eliminated the strips, and went with large half-square triangles, and I love how they turned out.
For these quilts I cut 9" squares of fabric from the shirt pieces, paired them up and sewed half-square triangles (and then trimmed the blocks to 8 1/2" square). Quilts like this require you to lay blocks out "randomly" so that no two matching fabrics are next to each other (or close to each other). That honestly takes the longest time for me. So for this quilt when I made my HST blocks and cut them apart, I put the two pieces in two separate piles. That way each pile contained a set of the same blocks. Next, I laid out one quilt, took a picture of the layout, and sewed the top together...and when I laid out the second quilt I referred to that photo and laid the second quilt out exactly the same! Such a time saver.
I backed both of these quilts with a fun multi-tone blue dot fabric, and bound them with a diagonal two-tone blue stripe fabric. I quilted both of these quilts myself which means I quilted them with straight lines about 1" apart. Lots of the fabrics in this quilt were thin slippery synthetic or blended fabrics. After struggling with slipping and shifting when quilting the first quilt, I learned that these quilt tops needed to be starched before basting. The quilting went so much better with the starched tops.
This quilt finishes at 64" square.
The blocks finish at 8" square, and are laid out 8 blocks across, and 8 blocks down (64 blocks total). For more pictures of these quilts, check out #johnsshirtquilts
Candace L Northrop
11/21/2020 10:39:46 pm
Hello, Myrth! My dear friend’s father passed away, and I’m thinking of making a quilt for her pregnant daughter using Bills shirts. How many shirts would you suggest I ask for so that I can make a decent sized baby quilt?
12/6/2020 06:30:03 pm
I didn't count, but my FiL had a LOT of shirts. There were probably 30-50 of them, but I made 3 quilts. Sorry that I can't be more specific.
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