Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shirts Into Aprons, A Patriotic Redwork Quilt, And A SwissAir Hanky

I have joined a group of quilters who meet weekly at the Senior Center. There. I admit it: I am going to the SENIOR center!

The ladies bring machines and hand work of all kinds. There is a show-and-tell and we lunch together.

This week recent widow Joyce explained how she was turning her husband's shirts into aprons. The first one she made is going to her husband's sister. Joyce conceived the idea and worked it out herself.
Joyce wearing her shirt apron and holding an apron made with jeans

 As you can see in the photograph above, Joyce cuts the sleeves off the shirt, but leaves the collar and also the back yoke intact. She cuts along the double seams wherever possible for a finished trim.

The back of the shirt is cut out. She layered the shirt, matching the side seams, and cut the back out. For smaller sized shirts she does not cut along the side seam but adds a few inches along the side; for large shirts she can cut along the side seam. The back of the shirt makes bias binding to encase raw edges. The sleeves are turned into the tie closure.

Joyce also showed us the aprons she makes with jeans.

Theresa brought in her first Redwork project for my closer inspection. She had it at her talk at the Clawson library a few weeks ago. It is hand quilted, too.

George Washington

John Adams

James Monroe and Liberty Bell
 

I loved the Swiss Air hanky I bought a few months back and have been looking for the other three in the set. I now have the Japanese one!
Here is the first one I found: