Working with shirts
You may remember that I came home from the "Great Yard Sale" (tongue firmly implanted in cheek) with a pile of my grandsons' shirts.
They were name brand, 100% cotton, very clean and in great shape. But many of the fabrics feel like a well-laundered sheet, which probably felt great on the wearer, but not anywhere close to "quilt shop quality." I really wish I had starched the large chunks I salvaged in the deconstruction process before cutting strips and squares.
To further complicate the construction of the picnic quilts I am making for the boys, I am pairing the shirt fabric with a dress-weight chambray that is loosely woven. I'm having a terrible time keeping seams anywhere close to straight.
Sew, my tip(s) for you:
1. If you want to work with old shirts, use starch or Best Press to stabilize the fabric before cutting.
2. If crooked plaids and stripes bother you, think of another project.
This is my progress so far:
|Picnic quilt #1|