Friday, October 26, 2012
Bloggers Quilt Fest $2.25 Plus Tax
I was imagining an amazing bright colored quilt made from Aloha Shirts and headed out to the thrift shops. Unfortunately anything remotely like I wanted was still going to end up being the equivalent of $8 per yard.
Not one to come home empty handed, I ended up with a couple of men's plaid shirts (one with paint drips on it) for $1.00 and a cream colored, cotton, King sized fitted sheet for $1.25.
When I read it, I thought making HST by sewing around the outside of a square then cutting it into 4 across the diagonal seemed perfectly stupid because of the bias.
My project stalled out at this stage for several months.
I then threw all the leftovers into long strips for the finished quilt, no longer caring if there was paint, or plackets, or repairs. Those are the next strip in from the outer edge. I added the random 4 HST block squares and called it a quilt.
described in this post.
They eventually became 2 pillow cases that used the collars from the original shirts at the openings.
I pieced together the bits and pieces of batting and used up all the old white and cream thread. Besides my time, I invested $2.25 (plus tax) in material and learned a lot of new techniques. I would have never been so free in my piecing with "new" fabric. Give it a try.