When we moved here 5 years ago ((YES! It has been 5 years already!)) I had anticipated this move, and prepared for it by boxing up my over-stock of recycleable clothing myself. I planned for more than I needed and could possibly use as if there was never ever going to be a chance to find these ever again. Ever.
Moving Van Day.
I don't think I knew when I was in collecting mode just how far these items would go, how much fabric was really in them!
When we unloaded the moving van, these mismatched boxes of various shapes and sizes were stacked willy-nilly in the back of the basement furnace closet ---and pretty much forgotten.
I already had three big bins of shirt parts already cut up ----and drawers full of strips by size ----the overflow has SAT there being neglected, only being dug through when I needed a certain color or value over the past few years.
Today – they got moved from worn out cardboard boxes to uniform bins and stacked back in the closet:
Giant tubs in the furnace closet!
Bin full of folded but yet uncut shirts!
((OK, I confess -- originally I thought I would separate them by color, but then I told myself to get real and get on with it!))
Quilts waiting to happen!
I have made the quilts for two books, Scraps & Shirttails and Scraps & Shirttails II from these shirt fabrics. I sew with these fabrics all the time and they still multiply! Loaves & Fishes.
Indeed, it brings to mind this bit of hilariousness:
My chocolate factory ((Shirt Stash)) overfloweth!!
I have a plan---
Both my sister Mary and my sister-in-law Anna are both due with babies in July. I'm going to be an auntie again to two new ones!
I just found out today that both Anna and Mary are having BOYS!! Baby boy quilts would be fun out of recycled shirts, don’t you think? Maybe with some cute 1930s blue prints mixed in??
It's good to have a plan……
Time to quit stewing about the over-abundant blessings of too many shirts, and GO SEW SOMETHING!