A friend, whom I have had the pleasure of making some lovely quilts for, asked me to make a quilt out of...
her husband's boxer shorts. Now if it had been anyone else I might have hesitated, but Cathy is a friend and she also has given me a good deal of work and sewing is how I make my living. But the real selling point was the fabric - soft, silky and just, well, pretty. (They are French and pretty pricey - check them out here: Faconnable) They make some fabulous clothing as well.
So I cut out 6 inch squares, avoiding ripped or worn spots. This provided my quilting friends with a good deal of amusement. I'm really glad the gentleman involved couldn't hear us.
I arranged them in the kitchen table. Some of the fabrics only appear once because the boxers themselves were gone and just the little matching pouch was left. There was enough fabric for 65 squares - I used 63 in a seven by nine pattern.
I sewed them together in strips with 1 1/2 inch white fabric in between. You can see the picture of the table layout taped up next to the strips so I didn't mess up (even though they were stacked in order).
From the remaining fabric I cut 2 inch squares as cornerstones. First I pinned them to strips to make sure that no small square was the same as the surrounding large squares; they enhanced the surrounding blocks and that the cornerstones blocks themselves looked random. The strips were sewn together and ta-da!
Here it is! Perfect for a reading on the couch blanket or just a bit of warmth pulled over your pajamas sitting by the fire!
Pajamas? I wonder what kind of a quilt they would make. (grin)
One of my favorite people, Sister Rosemarie, from Wisdom House, suggested we name it "Hindsight." I love it!
PS If you think you might want to make a quilt out of your clothing - email me and I'll tell you all about it.