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« on: January 26, 2014 01:13:41 PM »


So it is not exactly the pretty little teaparty quilt I envisioned...

... but the Project Quilting challenge we Upcycling.  Everything had to be recycled and two elements had to be things not intended for use in quilts or garments.  My personal goal for project quilting this season is to make larger functional quilts.  I'm totally re-thinking that goal, but it is too late for this project.  This quilt measures 44 x 64 inches.  It weighs a ton.

Billboard and a basket of blue jeans!

I always have blue jeans around.  For some reason, everyone gives me jeans and jean scraps thinking I'll do something useful with them. It might have something to do with the badges I pulled out of the booboo bin and put on the top as well. The front is pieced in a vaguely raw edge applique manner.  We were allowed to use batting and thread that were not upcycled.  Instead of batting, I used a piece of cotton sheeting as the base for the applique. I finally figured out the best way was to lay it out flat and use LOTS of spray baste.  (Don't ask me why it took so long to figure that out.)  I had fun using up all the pockets and welts and hems and bits that never find themselves in any other project.  I wonder if that is why my sewing machines went on strike.

I had an old billboard in the garage (Wow.  That was fun to type!)  Really figure that the makers of the billboard never intended for it to end up as a part of quilt.  One element covered! 

Obviously, I used the billboard for the backing and the binding.  (It is actually a plastic tarp-like thing that is used to cover the billboard frame.) 

The other non-quilty, non-clothey item was a hand forged s-hook.  Boy blacksmith left a bunch of them laying around so I grabbed one and used it to hold the quilt together when it is folded up -- keeps it tidy in the trunk of the car.

This was a tough project to finish, mostly because my sewing machines (I tried a couple) did not want to stitch neatly through the materials.  Lots of broken threads!  But, I think it is going to be fun to use at picnics and the like.  I mean who else has a blacksmithed, blue jean billboard to keep their backsides dry? 


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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014 02:45:41 PM »

What a great use of materials! I bet it will be really fun to use and to show it off.

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014 07:35:03 AM »

It is a great project. And I love having sturdy blankets in the car. You might need them for a lot of things.

« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014 04:19:10 PM »

That's great!  I love the billboard part of it - too bad that has to do the water-proofing on the bottom - would be fun to have that side up!

« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2014 12:00:01 PM »

WAY better than what I drag around for outdoor events!

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