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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:45 AM
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    Earlier this year i decided to work with recycled men's shirts. In my area the salvation army has 5 for $5 fridays. after my first purchase i was obsessed! i wound up with 80!! Washed them in hot water, starched, cut them into large pieces then was stumped. Finally decided to cut them all into 5" charms (accucut studio) and 2 3/4" "quarter charms". BTW, a man's shirt yields 40 to 55 charms, plus a variable number of 1/4 charms. I made a quilt of my own design and then found the Nickle Quilts books by Pat Speth. I have other quilts planned and these 3 tops are not quilted yet... another board member asked me to post my wip. I admire scrappy quilts but I'm a mathematician so I have a hard time just grabbing and sewing, but I pushed myself on the first 2 (still need lots of work on color values), then succumbed to a more ordered one for the third.

    First pic. my design, 'lil twister border.
    Pic Two "Woodland Clover" from "More Nickle Quilts",
    pic three "Pinwheels on Parade" from "More Nickle Quilts",

    Twister Border

    Woodland Clover

    Pinwheels on Parade
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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:47 AM
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    I love these shirt quilts! Beautiful. I like quilts made from shirts.
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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:50 AM
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    These are wonderful! You have a great eye for color and fabrics.
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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:53 AM
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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:54 AM
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    awesome, our local thrift store used to have $.25 cent Fridays, now it is $.50 friday..and there is NO cotton shirts any more...they sell them by the pound online the lady told me...go figure...
    but I do have about 200 of them stored and ready to cut apart!
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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:55 AM
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    And my mom makes fun of me for doing just that! Your quilts are great! I havent done it yet but I intend to. thanks for the inspiration!
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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:56 AM
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    I like the look of them. But isn't the fabric rather thin? My granmother made the most wonderful pineapple pattern quilt for me using old shirts and dresses. Unfortunately, some pieces pretty soon showed some wear and got torn.
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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:56 AM
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    woodland clover is my favorite
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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:59 AM
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    Beautiful!!! We live in a rural area and the men wear their clothes until they wear out lol!!!

    I looked for flannel shirts in out thrift store and they were $7 each.

    Maybe I should visit you lol!
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    Old 09-18-2011, 08:59 AM
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    These are really beautiful. Having the time of my life looking at all the different designs.
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