Thursday, July 7, 2011

Old Blue

Progress has been made. Six old shirts and a lot of long seams. The blanket top is done...I think.

A whole field of blue. Thank goodness the elbows went out on the stripy number at the last minute, the stripy bits really pulled it all together.

Still deciding if I should add sashing to the sides and ends. Or a pop of color somewhere. It'll make a fine picnic blanket in the end. I'm calling it a blanket and not a quilt, for I imagine I broke far too many quilting rules along the way to make it a proper quilt.

Is anyone interested in just how I put "Old Blue" together? let me know and I will work up a little 'how to' when it's all done.

Have a happy day!

18 comments:

yardage girl said...

It looks great as it is. Maybe sashing in navy blue?? The stripes really do bring it together! I love the idea.

Sherri B. said...

Love how this turned out and the addition of the stipes! It would be marvellous if you would share how with us. The sky would be the limit with the different shirts one could use, like my hubbys hawaiian shirts that I retired this spring, how fun that would be for a picnic blanket!

Pomona said...

Wow - much better than hankies from old shirts!

Pomona x

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

It's beautiful!!! I love the fact that it's old work shirts - because probably while working in them picnics were being thought about.

Flaming Nora said...

So much fun! Think of all those boring old workshirts now having so much fun in their retirement. Can you still unbutton them? or have you stitched them closed? It could fold away in to its own "pocket" bit like a pac-a-mac with a secret strap on the inside to make it easy to carry. Buzz buzz buzz goes her brain!

Lindsay Jewell said...

I'm very interesting in seeing how you put it together, if you don't mind. I love how it turned out! And I think you're right about the stripy shirt. It pulls it all together. It's beautiful. :)

Floss said...

It's lovely! I dared to look at the hidden part of my fabric stash the other day and found quite a few old shirts... hmm...

greenrabbitdesigns said...

It's brilliant, I love the colours and the stripes. I would love to know how you made it.
Don't worry about breaking rules, they were meant to be broken. ;)
Vivienne x

june at noon said...

It's fantastic! I used bits of an old stripey work shirt for a passport wallet, and I loved the effect. This is that times ten!

Wendy said...

It looks great, and I love that you left the buttons intact! Great way to re-use shirts.

Pia K said...

gorgeous! and i totally agree of the cuteness with keeping the buttons intact. i think it's fine as blues-only. even though i think it's more of a wonderful table-cloth than a picnic-blanket:)

Cecily said...

This is a fantastic use for old business shirts. Have you hear of peppermint magazine? They do this sort of thing. Oh and yes, I would love some how to tips on doing this, many a man shirt to recycle here! Cecily

georgia said...

Wow that looks great! I would love to see how you did it! Thanks for sharing

bibbitybob said...

That is looking great!

I just stumbled upon your blog and thought I'd stop by to say 'hello' :) x

harmony and rosie said...

This is so great and I love the fact you have left pockets in there too. What memories and a truly fab way of reusing those shirts. Brilliant I say! x

Ribbons Undone said...

Oh it's lovely. Looks so tailored, pressed, and crisp!

Michelle said...

That's really pretty! I wouldn't have guessed at first that it was shirts (and apparently wasn't looking close enough to see the buttons!)

teddybearswednesday said...

It's really really stunning , I absolutely adore it.
Does anything need more to be done to it.xo