Recycled denim quilt

Recycled Denim Quilt

I had decided to make a recycled denim quilt. At some point, after finishing the only project that I have worked on during rides in the car for twenty years, I decided I wanted to undertake another one; sewing this time! That pretty much put it into the hand quilting category. But why not? I had made several machine quilts already. I mean, yeah, they were simple four inch blocks, arranged in a pattern that suited me.

coruroy quilt

The quilt above was for a loved one who is cold easily. I chose corduroy remnants and reclaimables for it that my mom had been saving for years. In fact, the rust colored fabric is from a project I made when I was first learning to sew from a pattern. The middle is cotton batting, and the back is hunter green flannel. It is decidedly warm! Notice the crocheted blanket at the end? That is my Mom’s lovely work. 🙂

Calico quilt

The above quilt was made with calico remnants from my leftovers boxes. The person receiving it gets hot too easily, so it was made to be a lighter weight. The middle layer is a lightweight recycled blanket. The back is a lightweight cotton. The squares in the middle are indeed lighter than the rest, it’s not your eyes. 🙂 Notice the crocheted blanket at the end? That is my Mom’s lovely work. 🙂

So yes,…it was about time for me to learn to do quilt blocks. My mom had given me a magazine quite a few years ago, that taught quilting one block at a time. I told her then that I felt like I had too much when my children were little, but that I would do it later…in time. I pulled that magazine out. My new quilt work would be made for someone who likes to sleep with weight over top, so I chose denim. I will be on the lookout for just the right blanket to recycle for the middle. TBA on the backing. Here is the first ones. recycled denim quiltThe bone colored fabric is actually a light weight pinwale corduroy. I have one more block done since that photo was taken. Six blocks to go. I am looking forward to giving it to its new owner. 🙂

Recycle T-shirts into Usable Goods I

t-shirt quilt

The Beloved T-Shirt Recycle Quilt

recycle t-shirts

 

I’d been trying to find a way to recycle t-shirts . If you’ve ever tried to repair at-shirt…. it isn’t very worthwhile. It lasts just a few wearings, disappointingly.   Yet, as many t-shirt wearers know, it can be hard to let go of much loved shirts. Such was the case here. My husband had his favorites and I mistakenly got rid of some, to his disappointment.

My friend Karen had made a t-shirt quilt like this one. Her squares were all the exact same size. Mine… were not.  I improvised though, as the picture will show. I bought batting to go inside and the backing is new flannel. It is absoLUTEly the go to blanket in the house. It is incredibly warm and we all love it.

If I had it to do over, I would put strips in between, made of woven fabric, like my sister-in-law did with her t-shirt quilt that she made for a friend. It seems sturdier to add a non-stretchy fabric between.

I have since finished a crocheted warm blanket that took me….. twenty <wince> years of intermittent work. lol Crochet is not my art, but I started this project at my mom’s initiation. She helped me pick out one that I would like from an old crafter’s magazine called “Annie’s Attic”. We went out shopping and got the materials. I worked on it little by little. She found it amusing when I showed the complete project to her 20 year later! Well, I did have six sons in between there! At least I finished it eventually. 😉

Winter Window

 

Does anyone know if Annie’s Attic has converted to an online edition at all? I was not successful at finding it.