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On Saturday, I am taking a workshop from Bonnie Hunter through my guild. If you are not familiar with Bonnie, here's her website www.quiltville.com She is the master of the scrap quilt and has many free patterns on her website.

The class I am taking is called Virginia Bound, and the class is all about making quilts from old shirts! You cut them into strips and make these amazing pieces. The ultimate in "green" quilting! At first I raided my DH's closet, but he didn't have enough shirts made of woven fabric. I then started asking friends and coworkers and the shirts really poured in. In prep for the class, I need to cut them into usable strips...all by Saturday! I've been working on it for a while, but it's taking longer than I thought!

So here it is....11:09 pm here in IL, and I am cutting up shirts! I hope I make it! Keep your fingers crossed! I think I will have a late night tomorrow and Friday! I have a guild meeting tomorrow, so I think I will bring some along and cut them up while I listen to the lecture....Hey... maybe I'll bring some extra scissors and see if I can talk some of my guild "peeps" into helping!

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Comment by Jennifer Evans on June 17, 2010 at 9:52pm
I finished disassembing my shirts during the guild meeting! Bonnie was the lecturer and let me say that her work is more impressive in person, if that is possible. I don't think the woman sleeps.

Anyway, now I have useable chunks of shirting material that I now need to slice into tapering strips for the class. I'm in the home stretch of my prep!
Comment by Jennifer Evans on June 17, 2010 at 7:17am
Once I get the shirts seam-free, I will use my rotary cutter to cut the strips. I'm just not that far yet! I want to stack them so I need to finish making seam-free chunks of fabric.
Comment by Jennifer Evans on June 17, 2010 at 7:16am
Gayle, I am doing a little of everything. Because this is taking so long, I am dragging these shirts with me everywhere. If I am not in my sewing room, I use scissors, and I have started actually ripping the seams if they are sewn on-grain. If I am in my sewing room, for the straight seams I am using my rotarty cutter in addition to scissors for the curved stuff (around the sleeves, etc.) I'm all over the map!
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on June 17, 2010 at 5:58am
Looking forward to seeing pictures! Have fun.
Comment by Carol Wadkins on June 17, 2010 at 4:40am
It sure does sound interesting. You have given me something to think about. Can't wait to see the end result!!
Comment by Irene Gallway on June 17, 2010 at 3:57am
Would you believe there are two Bonnie Hunter's on this website that are professional quilt makers. I happen to know the one in Maine and the other day someone made a comment about taking a Bonnie Hunter class that was out of State and I thought it was the one I know, but it must have been the one you are referring to here. I'm anxious to see you quilt when you get it finished.
Comment by Gayle/La. on June 16, 2010 at 10:00pm
Yes, I want to see that pile of strips. Are you really using your scissors to cut them up?
Comment by Judy/WA on June 16, 2010 at 9:21pm
It sound like fun. Be sure to show us what you make!

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