Enter quilting. For the past few months, I've been sifting through boxes of nine-patch blocks that I had sewn from old clothing. I cut up old clothing like jeans and shirts. Then using my rotary cutter, straight edge and cutting mat I cut the pieces into squares or triangles which I sew into blocks.
I used to take a lot of joy in upcycling old clothing. And I've been blessed with a boyfriend who has donated countless shirts and jeans to be snipped up for fabric. The problem is the colors are limited to masculine colors - I was getting tired of working with navy, blue and white.
Here is a picture of 9 blocks that I've made from old jeans and plaid shirts. I suspect I have buckets of these blocks.
Then I discovered this blog.
The author blogged about this delightful mini-granny square quilt. I admire anyone who has the stamina to make a KING sized quilt out of 5" blocks....whew! That is a commitment!!
I plan to turn my largish 9" blocks into even larger granny squares. When complete each block will be about 15" square. They should stitch up into a quilt in no time!!
I bought this 100% cotton duvet cover from the Sally Ann for $15. The material is nice quality. After I wash this cover, I'll snip away the front from the back. This material will be used for the quilt backing, and possibly cushion covers.
Always pre-wash your quilting fabrics. If you are not sure if the colors will bleed, try tyeing fabrics together before throwing the fabric in the washing machine.
A while back, while I was thirsting for bright fabric, I popped by the fabric store. I splurged on some discounted ends and other delightful fabric.
Behold some of my splurge.
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