Wednesday, January 30, 2008

"Go Green"


No, I am not talking about some sports team, although I was a cheerleader!  I'm talking about the latest challenge by Quilting Arts magazine!  I'm getting brave and submitting stuff this year so this will be my first challenge submission for the magazine.  The challenge is to create a 5 x 5 inch quilt using only things you already have on hand and/or recycled materials.  Hey, right up my alley!  so, as you can see, I got my magazine 3 days ago and pounced on this idea and my little quilt is finished, packaged, and ready to ship!
Here's what I did:
The central square was created by sandwiching onion skins and threads cut from silk fabric scraps... you know, all those pieces than hang off the cut edge?  Well, I put them all between layers of a vintage chiffon scarf and quilted them to my "batting" which again, I recycled styrofoam sheet shipping material.  I quilted this by machine and then added scraps of vintage kimono fabrics.  I also used a scrap of clothing in here as well.  In the central focal point, there are layers of fabrics as well as a used red tea bag, a reclaimed piece of bamboo from a placemat, and a rusty bottle cap street find.  I embellished the piece with some hand stitching as well.  If forgot to photograph the back but, it's done with vintage kimono silk and I used a sheer fabric tea bag to create a pocket with my label, which is a piece of paint chip!  This piece was very fun to do and I'm pleased with it.  Now to keep my fingers crossed!  It may be months before I find out how I did though since the deadline mailing date isn't until May!  Hey, that's ok... I have a million other ideas swimming in my head to keep me busy....
I'm also showing you my bundle of prayer sticks.  I made these a couple of weeks ago in Bible Study.  We were meditating on John 17 and using the prayer of intercession from Jesus to intercede for someone.  I wrote prayers on tissue paper and collaged them onto these bamboo sticks.  I then bound them together and wrapped them with wire.  I made these for my hubby.

6 comments:

Trish and Bonita said...

Love your work. Was thinking what I could dig out of my studio also.
Yours is very fun and "artful"

Joanne Huffman said...

What a cool quilt for an interesting challenge. You obviously have some pretty cool fabrics hanging around your studio.

I really like the prayer stick, too.

Joanne

austin said...

Love the quilt and the prayer sticks. Very nice application of colors.

Tami Bayer said...

Your work is so inspiring. I just found you today through a post on art unraveled. My sewing machine has been calling me back from the stamps this week. Thanks for the nudge.

Deb G said...

I like this! Nice colors and use of materials.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Beautiful quilting, very imaginative recycling