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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.
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).
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.





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