This scrappy “Rows of Bows” quilt was inspired by a quilt top made by an unknown maker displayed in a book called Cotton Candy Quilts by Mary Mashuta. I started making her on July 24th, 2014. I completed her on September 23rd, 2014. That’s 2 months less a day. Not bag.
For my quilt, I chose to use only plaids and stripes collected painstakingly over many years. Amongst other assorted fabrics, lots of old shirts and shorts belonging to Lo and the Boy are found in this quilt. Some belonging even to me are in there. The backing fabric was provided by my mom whose extensive fabric stash I recently inherited because she loves me. What can I say except that I was a model child. But you know this.
“Rows of Bows” is a no-nonsense straight-line machine-quilted quilt, and is massive at 96 inches (2.4m) wide by 100 inches (2.5m) long. I don’t know exactly how much she weighs but I would wager it’s about a ton, give or take.
I’m pleased she’s done. She’s resting on our bed as we speak. And it is my hope that very soon I will be happily snuggling right there with her.
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I absolutely love your quilt! I'm going to start saving shirts and start one of my own.
Thanks Elizabeth, working with old shirts is great. The memories, the softness of them. You'll love it, as I did. 🙂
Amy Friend says
It's beautiful Michele! Enjoy sleeping under it!
Thanks Amy, we are enjoying it, in fact!
Fabulous. An stunning quilt – what a whole lot of memories it holds! This quilt is going to provide snuggles of the best kind!!!
Couldn't agree with you more. My son and I were playing "I Spy" with the quilt just the other day. Finding his shirts and his dad's and spotting the various mistakes I made whilst making it. Hours of fun! 🙂
I have been saving plaids for 30 years and never could find anything to do with them. (yes I am bad hehe) You have finally showed me something worthy of my collection!
Glad to be of service Stacy. Time to put those plaids to work, eh?
That's by far the nicest ever quilt Ive seen made with shirt fabrics and plaids!
Inspired Michele : )
Aw thanks Liniecat, I'm so glad you like it. I wondered if it would turn out as I made it…
Melissa Kojima says
Ooooh, I love it. I'm always amazed how long it takes to complete a quilt. I imagine the process might make you kind of attached to it. Great job.
Oh thanks Melissa! It does take commitment to make a decent quilt. Though some people have the skills to just crank them out, I am not one of them. I need time. But this one went relatively quickly.
Really lovely quilt Michele! I love the recycled fabrics.
The scrappy, re-usy kinds of quilts have always been my faves. Which is why I keep making them, I guess. 🙂
I'm Feelin' Crafty says
Thanks so much Louise! 🙂
Angela @ Cottage Magpie says
Oh my goodness, I am so in love with this quilt right now. My friend just started making a blue and white bow-tie, but this is perfect. I have a bunch of cotton plaid shirts from my Dad that would be perfect for this. Thank you for inspiring me (yet again!) ~Angela~
You've gone and done it again, Michelle! Love, love, love it! The way you placed the plaids, stripes, and solid colors creates amazing movement. A masterpiece!
Your quilt is gorgeous!!!
Thanks guys (Ariane, Karen and Angela), I'm liking this quilt more and more everyday. Good thing, since it's on our bed. 🙂