Just a little over a year ago, a wonderful talented man and great friend succumbed to cancer. Several months after he passed away, his lovely wife was talking about cleaning out the closets and giving his clothes away. I quickly suggested that she save them for a bit longer and offered to use them in making quilts from them to give to their grandchildren. Fast forward a few more months and I sent a "subtle" email link to Nifty's post regarding this same subject. Upon seeing how this could be accomplished, my dear friend as well as her daughter, were ready to jump on board with this idea. Neither of them had ever made a quilt, but were quite eager to learn more. And why not start out simple with the no rules approach, a la 15 Minutes Play. Yesterday afternoon, we cut up dozens of shirts and started making "new" fabric out of them. By dinner time, after much laughter and tears, it seems "we" have a new convert, as my friend stated, "this is really addicting! It is instant gratification".
Thinking ahead, just a bit my friend thought of using his khaki slacks as borders for the blocks
|Audition on a khaki fabric|
Or then, another thought, using some his black linens slacks for the connecting strips.
|audition on black fabric|
We have lots and lots more clothing and countless ideas for more quilts. I'll keep you posted on the progress.