Thrifted: five men’s dress shirts in various muted shades.
Assembled: a quick quilt top, from 11″ squares cut from the larger sections of the shirts.
Quilted: with grey perle cotton.
In progress: but honestly, not really loving it as much as I’d like. Something’s not quite right. There seems to be a very fine line between “muted and manly” and “unattractive,” and I think this one has its foot firmly planted on that line. I wanted to do something that was outside my comfort zone–which is to say, that wasn’t electric-bright colors and whimsical dots–and this certainly is. As a result, it’s harder for me to evaluate whether I’ve achieved success.
The plan: to keep pushing on through, in the hopes that when I get to the other side, I won’t hate it but rather that something will reveal itself to me. My default, fall back plan is that if the hand quilting fails to capture my imagination and redeem the palette (which I admit is so far outside of my own Spring palette that I can’t be sure I even know the names of these colors), I’ll take out the hand quilting and machine quilt in a wide chevron. Because everyone loves a chevron.
Other options I considered for this project:
- all flannel shirts
- all seams flat fell, with no backing or batting–just a single layer of flannel with reinforced seams
- larger pieces cut as wedges from the sleeves, then assembled at angles
- whole-cloth man quilt, made from a single cut of flannel