Monday, June 16, 2014

You do the math

If you are my brother or his 2 daughters --


I will be talking about your Christmas gifts, so if you don't want to ruin a surprise,

OK, now that they're gone (truthfully, I don't think any of them even know I blog, but just in case) --

I've moved other quilt projects to the back burner & have begun working on quilts for the 3 of them (& one for myself) using fabrics from 24 shirts, 12 of Mom's & 12 of Dad's.

I wanted the shirt element to be the same for all four quilts, but something I could change up. The fabrics in the shirts are mostly polyester or polyester blends, many are thin & loosely woven, so I wanted blocks that would surround the shirts in good, strong cotton. I finally decided on a simple + shape. The 2 quilts for my nieces will be similar to each other but not identical. The pair for my brother & me will be different from the nieces' quilts, & again, similar to each other. The nieces' quilts will have 36 + blocks each; my brother's & mine will have 64 each.

2(36) + 2(64) = 200 blocks

Well. I'm glad I'm starting early.

I selfishly began by making 4 for my quilt (-4), but I put them aside. I've finished one nieces' worth of blocks (-36). Now I'm working on my brother's -- I've nearly got 2 sets of 24 done (-48).

200 - 48 - 36 - 4 = 112
112/200 = 56 %
I'm nearly halfway done!!!


O'Quilts said...

you will be soo glad you did. I am. The other night I watched my 8 year old grandson sleep under one of the quilts I had made from his great-granddaddy's shirts. I felt that generations warmth. Thx for showing the pix.. I will not tell your brother!!

cauchy09 said...

oh, a lovely tribute! i hope you find the process fun...halfway there.

made quilts for my siblings from my father's ties. and meant to go back and make one for myself. the ties are still here...hmm.

Rachaeldaisy said...

It's great to hear you've got the shirts out to create wonderful quilts with. I like your plan of making them similar but different, and I'm happy you're making one for youself too.

Nifty Quilts said...

I can't think of anything more precious to you and the family members. Great design, pairing modern with the old clothes. And aren't you a clever one to be getting a head start now!

Sujata Shah said...

What a great way to start a post! Loved it!
Your quilts are looking fun. Who wouldn't love these? June is not that early.. We know how long it takes to make a quilt or two.. after all, we have to consider all the distractions(the good kind) we come across because of blogging :)

amy and the bad cats said...

love the patterns you decided on. I think they're a great way to use the shirt fabrics!