My Search for Cheap Fabric

I recently helped my son move into his first apartment and although he assured me he had plenty of bedding, I brought along the quilt from his bed here.  I mean, the quilts that he had were for a twin-sized dorm room bed.  He now needs full-sized quilts.  That leaves his bed here without a quilt.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  Obviously, I need to make a new quilt!  My problem is that I have a bit of a cash flow situation and no money to buy fabrics.  I remembered Bonnie Hunter’s shirt quilts from her books “Scraps & Shirttails” and “Scraps & Shirttails II” and started checking out the shirts in my son’s closet.  He has a whole collection of blue striped shirts that I’m pretty sure don’t fit him anymore. the blue stripey shirts

I didn’t even realize that he had acquired all these shirts until we moved overseas right before his senior year in high school.  They were taking senior pictures the weekend before school started and we were still living in a hotel waiting for housing.  My son said he couldn’t get his picture taken because he didn’t have a blue striped shirt.  I was like, “What?”  He explained that he had worn a blue striped shirt for all his other high school pictures and he had planned to do the same for his senior photos.  (OK, I never even noticed.)  Since I had dragged my son all the way across the world for his last year of school I figured the least I could do was find him a blue striped shirt.  Who knew it would be so hard to do in just a couple of days?  We looked at the PX and all the German department stores that we could get to.  We finally found one at the thrift store on base for $2.  So now, I’m thinking those shirts would be great in the Smith Mountain Morning quilt from “Scraps & Shirttails II”.  The colors are brown and blue – very manly.  And what a great way to remember the story of the blue stripey shirts.Some Smith Mountain Morning blocks

The quilt consists of 2 different blocks.  I made a couple so you can see how they look.  I dragged out all my brown & blue scraps as well as the cut-up shirts.  I’m thinking that I’ll need some more browns but I think I’ll see if I can find some brown shirts at a thrift store.   Bonnie claims that you can get about a yard to a yard and a half from a men’s XL shirt and they usually sell for about $3-$5 so it sounds like a pretty good deal.

As you can see, the blocks have a lot going on, which is Bonnie Hunter’s style.  I guess that way, you can use even tiny scraps.  So I only need to make 52 more of these blocks.  By that time,  my son may be buying his own house!