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Material Man: Richard Killeany Makes Quilts From Men's Clothing

Designer Richard Killeaney recycles garments into on-of-a-kind quilts.

Quilt-maker Richard Killeaney at his 1918 historic Bridgeport, Connecticut, co-op, which was built to house WWI steelworkers.
This collection of recycled-fabric pillows is made from men’s dress shirts, necktie interfacings, unbleached muslin and felted-wool sweater material ($75 to $125 each).
Photos by Stephen Ang
A Depression-era Hoosier cabinet becomes a handy workspace. Killeaney sews with both an antique Singer Featherweight and a new machine.
Old wool sweaters become cozy pillows—they’re overdyed with onion-skin and walnut-husk dyes (18-inch-square pillows: $100 each). The Golden State quilt is inspired by vintage paper and stationery (Queen: $1,800). The bed frame is an old, industrial elevator gate.
Tiny Bubbles, an unquilted coverlet, represents bubbles rising through water. The “bubbles” are cut from vintage shirts and appliquéd on solid blue (Queen: $1,500).
The “Missing the Point” quilt, created entirely from recycled men’s dress shirts, is simple and modern (Queen: $1,500).

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