Monday, November 2, 2015

Shirt Challenge

Last year Tracee shared with us a challenge her quilting group was having .... The Gisborne Quilters Great Shirt Challenge.....The group was sharing their shirts but we could join in cyberly and do our own thing...

Susan has helped me to keep my motivation going and last week she and friends had a wonderful reveal... Please go HERE and  look at the amazing creative quilts made from shirts

These are the shirts I started with... I bought the greens (I later changed that middle one to a plaid with red in it after the picture was taken) for $2 each at the op shop and the blues were old work shirts of my hubz (they had shrunk ... a bit like my jeans did!)


this picture shows the plaid I used and the enormous piles of blocks I got just from shirts....



I have been sewing secretly but now we can show off what we made....

Ta-da.... a picnic quilt ......


we could use one extra fabric so I had some large gingham in my secret hoarding place so I made the bunting (and binding) with that....


I had a few spare blocks so pieced a strip for the backing.....


it's not a good length for this table but it does look nice there.....


I did an all over swirl ... except the bunting was just outlined.... the backing was a piece from the op shop too for $4...


the wadding was the most expensive part!!!

I'm happy with our new picnic blanket...

Thanks girls and such lovely work from everyone

Righto, Gotto Go.... blogs to read, tea to make, procrastinating to do .....

32 comments:

  1. Absolutely fabulous Fiona!! Your quilt is a wonderful finish.... do love what you have done with your shirts!!

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  2. That is a beautiful quilt and love the colors.
    I do like using old clothing in quilts.

    Debbie

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  3. Your quilt is fantastic, Fiona. I love it! xx

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  4. Wow! I love your picnic quilt! So fresh and pretty.

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  5. Fantastic! I love your shirt quilt so cheery it looks perfect. Wish you had been here for the reveal!

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  6. Hi Fiona,wow I love your new picnic rug,what a fun challenge this was,well done my friend xx

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  7. Wow!! Wow!!! Wow!!! That is amazing Fiona...so wish you could have been with us at the reveal too!! Love your new picnic rug!!

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  8. Perfect picnic blanket, well done.

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  9. Well done Fiona! I do love a bit of thrifty craft.

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  10. I remember the challenge and love your picnic quilt. The colours work so well together, with the gingham bunting and binding adding that little bit extra.

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  11. Great tablecloth / picnic rug. Creative use of the gingham for bunting.

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous..very creative indeed. How amazing is it that these shirts can make some amazing quilts etc.

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  13. That looks great and I love the quilting.
    MAMA Bear

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  14. You are very clever...lovely! I popped over and the quilts are wonderful x

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  15. What a great table cloth made from the oppie shirts and you also managed to get a nice cheap backing... Well done.. Love the swirly quilting.

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  16. Fantastic use of the shirts , I love your new picnic table cloth !!!

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  17. What a lovely quilt, almost too good to sit on and eat! The bunting was a great idea and just adds that pop!

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  18. Love your quilt. Fabulous use of shirts. Hugs,xx

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  19. What a lovely quilt!! I don't have access to shirts like that here. Not too many "op" shops around and the few that are can be rather expensive. One day though I will find a way to get myself a collection of lovely shirts.

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  20. Very nice! I was amazed by how much fabric I got from 6 shirts. I could easily make another quilt. Love the little pop of red gingham.

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  21. A fantastic finish. I like the design you worked with and the shirt colours have tied in very nicely. What a great quilt.

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  22. Beautiful Fiona, I love it! It's good to get back to basics with a bit of good old fashioned recycling! Great colour combo and the bunting was an inspired addition. xx

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  23. Dear Fiona,
    lovely finish, love the colors and design. What a beauty.
    Greetings Sylvia

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  24. LOVE it - I pick up shirts at the thrift to use for quilting all the time!

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  25. Wow Fiona, you are one clever lady, love your quilt. Hugs......

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  26. I love this quilt-shirts are a fabulous source of fabric

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  27. Fiona, this is the PERFECT picnic quilt! You really raised the bar with this creation! I have a shirt quilt started down in Tx and your project inspires me to dig it out first thing upon my arrival and finish it up! XO

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  28. Love it!! Fiona what a great quilt, & the bunting adds a bit of fun... All the Challenge quilts I've seen are just fab & yours is no exception... I'm Happy Dancing For You!
    I seriously considered joining this Challenge when it was first publicised, but given the year I've had, it's a good thing I didn't;)

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  29. I love it!!! And mostly from shirts - fabulous!

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  30. amazing what you can do with a couple of shirts...........looks great...........

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