D&B Supply Quilt

I just completed my first commissioned quilt.  It’s the D&B Supply quilt, made entirely from rodeo shirts.

Here’s the front:


and here’s the back:


It all started with a shirt order gone awry.  The folks at D&B Supply know that I love sewing, so they asked if I could help make some lemonade out of lemons by making a quilt out of 16 nice black rodeo shirts and a rodeo flag.  I didn’t end up using the flag, since I wanted the quilt to be cozy and comfy, but the shirts worked out wonderfully.

DB Supply Quilt Rodeo Shirts

To make some sort of interesting quilt design, I definitely needed more colors than just black.  So I used some bleach.  Interesting that bleaching black shirts gave brown colors: a chestnut and a sand color.  I like it!  Now I’ve got 3 colors to work with.

DB Supply Quilt Bleached Shirts

Dissecting shirts: cut off sleeve cuffs, collar, button  panels, and bottom hem.  Then cut all the bulky seams away…

DB Supply Quilt Shirt Dissection

…leaving a lot of usable fabric!  And I’m loving what the bleach did to the color – an almost shimmery, mottled champagne hue.

DB Supply Quilt Shirt Dissection Fabric

Shirts are all cut up!  I think it’s cool how some bleach streaks/spots make the brown have a western feel, like leather or cowhide.  So appropriate for this project!

DB Supply Quilt Shirt Parts

The smallest fabric pieces were the sleeves, so I started with those.  I figured they would be great for patchwork.

DB Supply Quilt Sleeves Cutting

So I cut them into a bunch of 5-inch squares, sewing them into half-square triangles using my tutorial: How to Sew Half-Square Triangles (HST) – 2 at a Time

DB Supply Quilt Sewing Squares

Time to press all those HSTs.  It’s funny, I was really nervous about the bleach-y areas, but now I think they’re my favorite.  They give dimension.

DB Supply Quilt HSTs

Time to sew these HSTs together.

DB Supply Quilt Sewing HSTs

I sewed in some shirt fronts with logos and gave the quilt top a good press.  I love how it looks.  Rugged.  Hunter.  Cowboy.  Masculine.  Western.

DB Supply Quilt PressingI

Quilting time!  I stitched some big fabric pieces together to make the quilt back, layered it with some batting and the quilt top, and quilted them together with some simple straight line stitches using a dark gray thread.

DB Supply Quilt Stitches

I used the brown fabric for the binding, and for the label I used some shirt leftovers 🙂

DB Supply Quilt Label

And done!  It was hard to let go of this quilt, but I know someone will enjoy the heck out of it.

DB Supply Quilt Closeup

By Angela

I'm passionate about creativity, productivity, and business. I'm a planner at heart, a small town girl, a wife and mom of two. I LOVE to make things with my own two hands.

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