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    Hi my brother has donated 15 very large 100% cotton shirts to me. He is quite ill at the moment and I would like to make him a lap quilt using his shirts. Any suggestions as to an effective but relatively simple and quick pattern. I am not a fast worker but would like to do some thing I could piece in a day but I still want it to look "patchwork" rather than just blocks. Thank you for any suggestions.

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    How about a simple 4 patch, alternating with a plain patch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsnow55
    How about a simple 4 patch, alternating with a plain patch?
    Sounds like a good suggestion

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    Warm Wishes is a very simple pattern. Will go together very quickly.

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    I am making a quilt using Yellow Brick Road from my father-in-law's shirts. I also used this pattern to make him a twin size for his bed to celebrate his 100th year of his favorite sports teams...I made it and gave it to him as he was gravely ill and soon was having home hospice at our home. It was therapy for me and a pleasure for him. It is an easy pattern to put together...and I just started quilting in October!

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    just make a strip quilt..

    cut the shirts up at around 5.5 "...and stagger them like i did with this one.
    no seams to match..
    no set length..just the width needs to be the same.

    for my SIL
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    This is quite effective!

    Done with 6" squares,basic 9patch then re-cut and sashing added
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    Or this!!Same shirt fabrics!

    Basic 4 patch,cut 1 1/2" either side of centre seam,horizontal and vertical then middle portions turned!
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    Another suggestion/style. The blocks are 18". Strips are 2.75" and squares are made from a 10.25" square sewn into a 9" finished. This is four shirts and five pairs of pants... if my memory serves me correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK
    This is quite effective!
    That is one gorgeous quilt

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    There's the 7 shirt quilt:
    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html

    May be more involved than you want, but she gives tips on shirt deconstruction. There also is Bonnie Hunter's site:

    http://www.quiltville.com

    Love all the quilts posted. I'm in the middle of piecing 3 quilts from shirts.

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    I love all the quilts that have been posted. Everyone is so talented.

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    I like the Warm Wishes pattern. It's fantastic and so easy.

    http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/d...html?idx=5185_

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    Thanks for the link to warm wishes. Looks easy. I will show it to my little church lady quilting group. This may be a pattern they can use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsnow55
    How about a simple 4 patch, alternating with a plain patch?
    Thanks for suggestion this would probably work quite well as I have so many different colours. Eileen

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    just make a strip quilt..

    cut the shirts up at around 5.5 "...and stagger them like i did with this one.
    no seams to match..
    no set length..just the width needs to be the same.
    Really like this but am not great at sewing straight seams so not too sure how it would turn out. Thanks for suggestion. Eileen

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Warm Wishes is a very simple pattern. Will go together very quickly.
    Thanks to you for suggesting and Bellaboo for finding a link, when I looked at this it seemed so complicated but on looking at how it is made up it seems really simple but very effective. This is def on the list. Eileen

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMotyl
    I am making a quilt using Yellow Brick Road from my father-in-law's shirts. I also used this pattern to make him a twin size for his bed to celebrate his 100th year of his favorite sports teams...I made it and gave it to him as he was gravely ill and soon was having home hospice at our home. It was therapy for me and a pleasure for him. It is an easy pattern to put together...and I just started quilting in October!
    Hi, did consider yellow brick road but think it probably has a bit too much piecing for me for this project. It is def on my to do list thought. Thanks for suggestion Eileen

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK
    This is quite effective!
    Really love both these patterns and they both look relatively simple but did not want to have to bother with sashing for this quilt. Will def keep them in mind for another (my want to make list gets longer by the day). Thanks for the suggestions. Eileen

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    Quote Originally Posted by EskapetheNorm
    Another suggestion/style. The blocks are 18". Strips are 2.75" and squares are made from a 10.25" square sewn into a 9" finished. This is four shirts and five pairs of pants... if my memory serves me correct.
    Really lovely quilt but again looks like a lot of piecing to do and I really want to get this quilt finished in a weekend. Thank you so much for sharing your quilt with me. Eileen

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    There's the 7 shirt quilt:
    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html

    May be more involved than you want, but she gives tips on shirt deconstruction. There also is Bonnie Hunter's site:

    http://www.quiltville.com

    Love all the quilts posted. I'm in the middle of piecing 3 quilts from shirts.
    Thanks for links, think the seven shirts does look a little complicated but really appreciate the info on how to cut up the shirt. Bonnie hunter has lots of lovely patterns, I think I will have plenty of material to make more than one quilt so once this one is done will probably pick one of the more complicated (to me) suggestions that have been made to make when I have more time.

    Thanks to all who have replied will let you know how I get on Eileen

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    just make a strip quilt..

    cut the shirts up at around 5.5 "...and stagger them like i did with this one.
    no seams to match..
    no set length..just the width needs to be the same.
    LOVE this quilt & the colors - just finishing a sm. lap quilt for friend in cancer trtmt ctr from charm packs, & wish I had thought of this. The charm pk blocks were simple, & turning out OK, but think this is much prettier & more interesting. (Will definately 'save' this pic for future use) :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Great-great granny
    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    just make a strip quilt..

    cut the shirts up at around 5.5 "...and stagger them like i did with this one.
    no seams to match..
    no set length..just the width needs to be the same.
    LOVE this quilt & the colors - just finishing a sm. lap quilt for friend in cancer trtmt ctr from charm packs, & wish I had thought of this. The charm pk blocks were simple, & turning out OK, but think this is much prettier & more interesting. (Will definately 'save' this pic for future use) :lol:
    Your welcome! it was the easiest quilt i ever made. i got all the fabrics at Joanns. from the Legacy line i think. so cheery! my SIL's outside furniture is a mix of Chocolate browns and that flourcent green..so pretty. i made this for her swing..

    when i save pictures here, of quilts i love, i name the quilt after the board name of the person who made it, so if i have any questions, i know who to contact!

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    I am going to watch this thread...LOVE using shirts and use mainly Bonnie Hunter patterns, but I just love the ones with the sashing as well....can't wait to see what you decide to make!

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    I am loving the quilt pics that have been shared, and BellaBoo's tumbler flag quilt, too!

    I bookmarked the 7 shirt quilt! Great.

    Thank you, everyone!

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