July 18, 2011
See the finished quilt
The Army issues you high-ride, khaki colored, poly-cotton briefs. And no one wears them. Instead, 99% of soldiers buy their own underwear. Its really one of the few things on your body that YOU can decide on (aside from your wedding ring and maybe some tattoos… socks too). So they really reflect the individual soldier. When I found out I was going to Iraq I switched to boxers. My thoughts, and they were confirmed, were that cotton boxers would be a better fit for the hot,uncomfortable climate than briefs.
When I got back from Iraq I switched back and had to figure out what to do with all the boxer shorts I had left. The patterns are great. The cloth held up really well… so I figured I would turn them into something I could use in the civilian world. Its a simple quilt. Classic patchwork with very little actual ‘quilting’ and a band of reclaimed ACU fabric around the outside. The ACU’s are from a HUGE pile of old ACU’s I have lying in the corner of my closet. Im working on a couple more quilts to use up all the fabric (its good stuff!).
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