a finish! hurrah!

by Nova on January 17, 2012

[a touch of the bends]

First finish of my resolution! woot!

Upcypled shirts (thanks Kate x) , improv pieced &  of course, hugely inspired by the quilts of Gee’s Bend & too many others to list here – see my pin board.

Solid strips of linen (my old gardening overalls) & other scraps.

Backed with a stripey cotton sheet from the opp shop, wonderfully worn & soft.

Intentional (but hopefully not too contrived!) wobbly edges.

Quilted on the  machine with relaxed lines &  some (rustic) hand quilting thrown in on the solid strips using Perle cotton.

Finished size approx 65 ” x 75 “.

I’ve called  this one   ‘a touch of the bends’

oops! I found a hole in the linen when I was quilting, so darned it (of a fashion!) with some red thread – see above image, centre/topish.

happy as a clam with this one :)


{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

linda January 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm

How cozy is that!!! Great job.


Karen January 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

This quilt is pure loveliness, through and through! I bet you’re happy as a clam! I LOVE the use of the old shirts- been wanting to do more of that!! inspired!!! thanks!


Rachel January 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Love it! Upcycled + improv = WIN!


traceyjay January 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

It looks beautiful (and so cozy and soft)


KAte January 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

SO amazing! Love!


Erin M. January 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I’m passing on this link. I love the quilt and I want my sis in law who raided the thrift store last year for their oxfords and needs some inspiration.


Karen January 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

This quilt just speaks to me. I could look at it for hours. I love shirt fabrics, and can imagine how wonderful it must be to the touch! I’m pinning it.


ara January 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm



Elisabeth January 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Wow! I love it, it looks like a bookshelf full of books.


Katy January 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Yep – I’d be happy as a clam too


Franziska January 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I like it very very much. I love the colours, the little bits of red here and there. I love the straight line quilting, the arrangement of the wonky strips. I would invite it to live with me ;) Makes me want to finish my first own quilt really soon.


kerry January 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm

that little darn fits in beautifully- these little incidents always do, an utterly lovely quilt


Jessica Wright January 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

This is so pretty, I love it. I’ve stashed so many of Faisal’s old shirts I may have to whip one of these up… very cool x


Beth Lehman January 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Nova, THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it! The color and placement are fantastic!


Judith January 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Oh I love it, absolutely fabulous. The colours, fabric, design and quilting.


Katy January 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Yay for finishes! I looks like it would be at home in some beach house, for some reason one located in New England, and it would appear in some home magazine…


Cameron H January 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

So gorgeous! What a beautiful quilt. Love the splashes of red.


hannah January 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

oh, this quilt is SO beautiful! it looks well-loved-worn already.


Leanne January 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

I love it, it is beautiful!


lee January 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

Congrats on a finish of a great quilt! I love the wonky strips!


Fiona January 18, 2012 at 1:35 am

I absolutely LOVE this! I love everything about it.
I am saving my husband’s old work shirts to o something like this. Might have to take a trip to the charity shop too


Vicki K January 18, 2012 at 1:48 am

Absolutely charming – I feel inspired!!!


Judith January 18, 2012 at 2:33 am

I thought I left a comment earlier but I think it didn’t save it. Anyway I think this is a most beautiful contemporary quilt and I love everything about it, the fabric, the design, the colours and the quilting.


Fran January 18, 2012 at 2:42 am

Very clever! I love that idea for a manly quilt, will definitely add it to my book of ideas for our godson.


Flying Blind January 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

That is so brilliantly clever! Love it xxx


jenny b harris January 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

I loves it!


Wendy January 18, 2012 at 7:36 am

It is beautiful!!!! Sounds like you had fun making it too.


Annie January 18, 2012 at 11:14 am

I love it is wonderful!


Desiree January 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Happiness! Just gorgeous, Nova. I want to rub my face in it!


diane stanley January 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

This is so beautiful and soooo Gees Bend. I want to copy it and wrap myself in it. If only my husband wore dress shirts more often I wold rob his closet! I think a trip to the thrift store is in order.


Sarah January 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Ooohhh, it’s really lovely Nova! I’d love to touch it. It looks really soft. I love the Gees Bend look too. Just beautiful!


Claire January 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm

So fantastic. Well done.


Lucy @ Charm About You January 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Totally gorgeous! I love the nautical look it has :)


Connie Fowler January 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

I love quilts made out of shirts – they are so comfortably worn and cosy. Great job. I love this….


cauchy09 January 19, 2012 at 2:38 am

wow, what a lovely quilt! i love everything about it.


Angelina S. January 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

This is so cozy looking, Nova! I love it! I bet it’s great to nap under. :)


angelina January 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm

of course you are. as well you should be. it is very clammmmish. x


Jenny January 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Love that you used your old gardening overalls…upcycling at it’s best. Your quilt has soul!


cinzia allocca January 20, 2012 at 1:28 am

love the quilt, love the name, love the hand quilted touches!


jzzy55 January 20, 2012 at 1:55 am

Pretty! I’m one of the many Gees Bend fans, and I appreciate your giving them credit. I like the idea of upcycling but in reality I give away most of my used clothing except for socks and soft cotton knits (t-shirts, underwear), and those cottons become rags. Is it still upcycling if you buy the stuff second hand?


tanvel January 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

Congratulations, nothing better for one’s spirits and pride to explode than being recognized for one’s artistry. Love your work!!


Molly January 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I love the quilting! It looks so cozy :)


Annie January 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

That is great you know I love this quilt.


Nicky January 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I absolutely adore this quilt! Those flashes of red make it for sure! And the darning!

Excellent – makes me think of the beach and that’s not bad in January!


Bruna January 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Really beautiful! I love all the details, it looks so cozy :)


tusen January 22, 2012 at 7:08 am

I just love it. Great idea to combine the machine and hand quilting – it makes the quilt even more beautiful.


mathea January 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Ah, love it! The colours, the wobblyness, the darned spot and all! It looks like one of those quilts you just can’t resist touching, so soft and warm and your fingers just want to trace those quilting lines… Did I mention that I love it? :-)


Marty Mason January 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

Some of my quilting friends have tried very hard to get me not to like the GeesBend quilt style….but I do…I really do like the spirit of the quilts, the fabric used, the quilting style….and your wonderful quilt just reinforces why I can’t deny my love of improvisational-style quilts.


Sarah February 13, 2012 at 12:21 am

Lovely interpretation of the Gee’s Bend style and use of used clothing… love it!


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