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« on: May 02, 2004 09:06:57 AM »


I made this out of my old t-shirts, jeans, & other random clothes. It was really simple, it took about 2 or 3 days (not the whole day, or anything! Just a few hours every day, probably). At first I did the thing where you just knot thread at the corners of each square, but then I went back & sewed all the seams, & it looks way better. It's definitely not even, but for not being very good at sewing, & for this being my first quilt, I'm happy!
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2004 09:18:24 AM »

i like it. it reminds me of the old camp blankets my grandma used to make from old clothes.

great job on your first quilt!
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2004 10:31:36 AM »

that looks awesome, my mom makes quilts like that but she uses old fabric instead, great idea  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2004 10:02:14 AM »

Very Cool!  I have a pile of my husbands old clothes that I intend to turn into a quilt, but I haven't gotten very far yet.  I have a question for you though......how did you deal with the different thicknesses of fabric?  Or was it even a problem?  I have all different thicknesses from t-shirts and sweatshirts to jeans and even an old suit.  I was thinking about fusing the lighter weight stuff (like the t-shirts) to some muslin to make it a little more durable.  Any suggestions or recomendations?

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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2004 11:19:02 AM »

I have  pile of clothes in my craft room that I cut up a couple weeks ago -- I have been meaning to make them into a quilt but have been too busy.  I'll post a pic when I get to it.

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2004 12:36:53 PM »

How delightfully old-school thrifty!  Ladies have been making quilts from old clothes for centuries.  

Wonderful Job!!
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2004 09:24:36 AM »

I didn't put fusing on the backs of the t-shirts, because I didn't think of that til afterwards, but it would be a good idea. It wasn't difficult to work with the different fabrics, though. The quilt isn't very even, partly because some fabrics are stretchy & some aren't, & partly because I didn't cut everything exactly the same size or sew all the seams the same. But it looks more homemade that way, I guess!
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2004 05:00:11 PM »

I am so sad I got rid of all my old t-shirts. I am such a pack-rat and I went through a major breakthrough and started throwing things out......this sucks! All I can imagine are my favorite tees looking great on a quilt that I could keep forever. I just might hunt down the thrift stores to find my shirts again....
If you didn't do such a Super job I wouldn't be this sad! So I love your quilt, but it is very bitter-sweet for me.
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2004 01:43:15 AM »

That looks like a super comfy quilt!  I've been planning on making one of those for my mom out of my siblings and my clothes from when we were little...my little bro and baby sister are still so young that I need to let them grow out of their clothes before I start canabalizing their school clothes!  Anyhow, I plan to give it to my mom on her 50th birthday so that gives me years to work on it. Grin

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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2004 07:42:41 AM »

My dear sweet Granny used to make quilts out of old wool pants and blue jeans so the kiddies wouldn't be cold many years ago.  My mom still talks of them fondly.

I'm about to purge my closet and drawers and this would be a great idea to actually use the clothes and pay homage to Granny.  I'm a packrat too and can't stand to part with anything!
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