Cozy Quilt

by Rhondi Mullins on January 13, 2014

Hi,  I’m so glad you stopped by because I wanted to show you a cozy quilt I made.  The best way I know to make a home warm in the winter is with a cozy quilt.  One of my favorite things to do is make a quilt.  I  LOVE  choosing the colors and watching the quilt come to life as each piece gets sewn on.  I just finished making this quilt for our son.  As I was writing this post I wondered how many quilts I have made since I started quilting 10 years ago. I’ve made 40 quilts! I am amazed I’ve made that many!  Perhaps one day I’ll write  a post about all of them.

blue quiltThis one is made with recycled blue shirts.  So fun to recycle and economical too.  I love working with used men’s shirts because it is such a good quality cotton and so soft after years of washings.  I am partial to blue and white stripes, pretty obvious huh?

blue quiltI like the look of it when I cut the strip of fabric for the binding on a bias.  I usually use this technique for all of my quilts.

blue quiltFor the back of this quilt I used an old sheet I found at Magpies.  It was the perfect pattern and color for a guy’s quilt and was extremely soft from many washings.  A quilt made with new fabrics isn’t very soft at first.  It takes several washings before it starts to have that cozy quilt feeling.

Using old sheets and shirts is very economical too.  This sheet was $4.  If I  bought material for the back I would have needed at least  3 yards. If I bought the  fabric at Hancock’s, or Joanne’s even with their 50% off coupon, the cheapest fabric would be at least $ 4 a yard.

blue shirt quiltHere is a shot of the whole quilt.  A very simple random pattern made with squares, rectangles  and half square triangles.  It is big enough for a full size bed.

blue shirt quilt 2It wasn’t intentional but in this photo you can see the corner of an ottoman I covered where I used some of the same  shirts.  Actually the quilt began with left over blocks from this project.

hexagon pillow

I used shirts for other projects besides this cozy quilt.  This is a pillow/cushion.  What is it a pillow or a cushion?  I never know which is correct. This one is made with the same shirts. It is a hexagon pattern and each little hexagon is sewn together by hand.

living roomI made a pair of them and right now they are on the chairs in our living room. There are lots of leftover buttons from these shirts which I will eventually  use for something.

tea trayDid you know January is National Tea Month?  In honor of that I am brewing us a nice hot pot of tea.  Can you stay for awhile and have a cup?  Hope so!

Rhondi xo

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Rosella January 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I would LOVE a cuppa with you! Your quilting is gorgeous. Using men’s shirts is a perfect “upcycle”! I have quilting on my brain today too. Just went out and bought fabric to make a cozy quilt for our RV trailer. Can’t wait to get started. I have “started” quite a few quilts but only have “finished” a handful. You have done so many – amazing!!!


Carolien January 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Lovely quilt, Rhondi! Hugs from Holland


Sarah January 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Rhondi, I’ve always wanted to do a blue and white quilt using men’s shirts ever since you shared the slipcovers you made for your chairs. Unlike you, I’ve only done but a few quilts, and I don’t think I have another one in me. Your son is going to enjoy this new quilt. It’s a wonderful piece with great fabrics and interesting design. I’m going to forward the link to this post to my sister-in-law who is an avid quilter. Thanks for sharing.


Podso January 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

Gee Rhondi this means you’ve made almost 7 quilts a year! This one for your son is just great. It reminds me of the seat cushions you made one time –do you still have them? I love all your blue and white!


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