Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I am an avid recycler. Nothing makes me happier than making do, and finding new life for old things. A couple of years ago I found what must've been a 10 pound bag of scraps in a thrift store, most cut into approximately 3" squares. There were fabrics in there going back to the 60s, and I have had the best time trimming and sorting them into piles, and remembering the times when certain prints and colors were in style. I've used these fabrics in several quilts and I think they really add a distinctive feel to my work.

Some of these scraps ended up in a quilt I called "Town Square," which was a wedding gift to friends who really loved it.


There was a lot of blue in the mix, and I also made this still-unquilted wallhanging, "Aquarium." It was fun to play with the values.

I still have a significant stash of squares in a brown, orange and pink range, and I'm looking forward to playing with those soon. All the reds ended up in a particularly scrappy quilt I made for myself.

I just had it quilted--it's the first quilt I've had professionally quilted, but given it's size (about 100x110) I just couldn't muster the enthusiasm to do it myself. I love the look of this quilt. As soon as I bind it, it's going on my bed. Of course, I may have to redecorate around it.

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Ellen said...

I too am an avid recycler who delights in finding new uses for old things. So much more interesting and satisfying (not to mention affordable) than buying new. Over the years second hand has become a lifestyle, and of course my art reflects that. Enjoyed reading this post and seeing what you made from your thrift store scraps--the quilts are gorgeous!

Debra Spincic said...

You know me---Blue to the Max! But, I'll take the Red One this time!

What do they say about Red and Passion?? and on your bed??? Look out, Mama!

How was the machine quilting? Did you like it? I have gotten very fond of machine quilting, especially the bed quilts.

Did you see the cover of QNM this month? There is a quilt with your zigzag border. I am starting to like that idea---may have to try it.

Barbara C said...

Thanks Ellen, it has been a lot of fun. Soon I'll post some of the things I've done with home dec fabric sample books I found at the thrift store. I've got 1 finished quilt and two others unassembled, but with the blocks made. That was fun too.

And Debra, I didn't realize you were a fan of red, but it makes total sense. I love the machine quilting, but it was a big decision for me to send that quilt out, when I'd quilted a king size on my domestic machine before. I just coldn't see doing it again. It came out beautifully and it was a total splurge not to have to quilt it myself.

Rian said...

I love the RED ONE! Woohoo, I'll help you redecorate the room with red.

Debra Spincic said...

Get a load of Rian! One red chair and she's all over the Red! *evil laugh*

Debra Spincic said...

Barbara, next year you will have to come to Houston to the show.

Allison said...

Your colors are so happy...those quilts have got to make the rooms they are in feel so good...and the people in them, too!

Allison said...

The colors you use are so happy! These quilts must make the rooms they are in feel so good...and the people in them, too.

Allison said...

sorry for the two comments...I'm still getting used to this format!