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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Man's shirt repurposed and the Shop Drop Challenge 2016

Creations from a man's shirt of the Hawaiian shirt hoarder continue with repurposed fabric art. Beginning this summer, I obtained over 40 Hawaiian shirts at an estate sale and garnered numerous fabric scraps through thrifting. This year I produced eight quilts ranging from crib to queen sized. Two log cabin quilts are awaiting "sandwiching" (combining the top, batting and backing) for quilting and binding.

Links to some of those quilting posts


At first I didn't like this print because it seemed untraditional for quilting purposes, now I am glad I kept it for this project. This is one of the processed shirt panels. 

I cut 3-1/2 inch strips of shirt material and of solid black and alternated in sewing them together. I affixed the quilt sandwich together with a straight stitch down each side of the black strips. My goal was to cover this section of my cubicle so it looked less like a bank vault.  



I will update this post with a close-up after I quilt concentric circles with gray thread and highlights of black on the printed fabric.

Now that we are rounding the bend into the New Year, I am preparing my posts for the beginning April 1st that will focus on fashion and sewing. Signups for the 2016 challenge open on January 25th. 

I have also joined the Shop Drop Challenge 2016 hosted by, text from her blog as follows:

"Need a New Year’s Resolution? Sign up for Shop Drop 2016! Take the Shop Drop Challenge and pledge not to buy any new clothes for 30 days, choosing like-new consignment, thrifted and swapped fashion instead. Shop Drop 2016 begins January 1st!
Why? To break the fast fashion cycle. The average American woman spends $60 on clothes and trashes six pounds of textile waste each month. If the 160 million women in America took our 30-day shop-and-drop pause, we could save nearly one billion pounds of landfill waste. Yes, that’s billion with a b.

Right now we have 213 people signed up, and our goal is 1,000… representing 6,000 pounds of landfill waste saved. Thanks to presenting sponsor, everyone who takes the Shop Drop Challenge is entered to win a $250 like-new consignment shopping spree and invited to our VIP party in Los Angeles. Sign up now!"

Pattern of the Day is from 1969. I see more than one current trend represented in this graphic. 

My first linkup with Amanda Jean at Crazymomquilts for finish it up Friday for a neat year-end surprise of my pageviews doubling.  Wow! There must be a bigger audience for quilting than I ever imagined. 

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