The Embroiderer’s Children Have No…

It occurred to me a few months ago that if I was going to get any quilts finished for our increasing menagerie, I was going to have to get cracking.

Unusually for me, I had the urge to finish a project I’d already started, so I’ve decided to give Little Lion the Shirt Quilt.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this long-term (ca. 2008) WIP, it’s made from my dad’s (forcibly) retired shirts. I’m paper piecing 1″ hexagons for both sides (I have quite a lot of shirts) in a fairly random pattern.

The palette is (as you will have noticed) fairly limited, so there may be some surface decoration, but I’m not quite sure what it will be yet.

If you’re interested in the process of going from shirt to hexagon I can write an explanatory post, but this is a good start for an overview.

Also, if anyone wants some shirt-skeletons – collars, cuffs, button plackets and French seams all still in shirt shape, please let me know.

Categories: Around the House, The Work of My Hands, Tools and Techniques


  1. You have to get cracking and you chose *this* method! Wont it take forever? 🙂
    I’ve seen some nice shirt quilts with a bit of extra colour added, they looked really good. Actually, this kind of thing:
    Or maybe even some really dark blues in there to add a bit of drama?
    Good luck!

    • Surely you’ve been reading this blog long enough to know that it was inevitable! I still haven’t finished Dragon’s quilt and he’s 4, so by get cracking I only really mean that I need to be making progress – I’m a process person!

      Those are really nice quilts, I’ve been saving up the dark blues for some sort of focal point, but it’s still too early to know what’s going to happen with the design.

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