Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A refreshing break or how to hide your sins in fluff

Sometimes you just have to do something mindless!  No concept at all, just cut the squares and sew them together and hand over the finished piece to the grateful recipient.

I’ve always liked the idea of recycling, and there is a horrible waste in my normal production methods which involve dyeing or screen printing  yards of  fabric most of which is discarded in the compositional process.  So for once I’ve used old, reclaimed, much loved and worn fabric wrenched from the arms and overflowing closets of the previous owner!  Plus, I must admit, a little polartec for warmth – that stuff sews so nicely  I might just switch to using it for all future work! Ah to hide my sins in brightly colored synthetic fluff!

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And below, the critical acclaim is exceeding positive!  Would that it were always so!                                      

 

 

 

 

 

nov 2010 clare with tshirt q

 

 

 

And now, back to the angst ridden “real” (or is it?) work of the art quilt maker….

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If you have been, thanks for reading!!!  Elizabeth

10 comments:

Cheryl said...

Who would have guessed you to be the creator of a T-Shirt Quilt! How fun!

Quilt or Dye said...

It is so nice to hear you echo my own thoughts! Yes, it is nice to occasionally make a mindless quilt. And my family is thankful that I do.

Deb said...

Just look at that smile! When was the last time one of the Arts got that response. It's addicting, I tell you....

Deb said...

About using fleece as batting. It's GREAT stuff, as long as you orient it correctly when you are designing. It has zero stretch in one direction and mucho stretch in the other..I found out the hard way.

LC said...

Isn't this about using the other side of our brain? If I spend all day in creativity, my head seems to need something like balancing my bank account or playing Spider Solitaire. Last night I found myself cutting pieces for a simple block simply because the rest of me was totally exhausted. Thanks for this post!

Deb said...

and by the way..at LEAST they are really classy T shirts! Not your usual collection of stained and faded sports rags, however beloved.

Jackie said...

Hooray! Mindlessness has a place but more than that, Family! Being a mom is important too. I'm often asked by my grand-daughters to mend something and I always do it immediately, they're worth it! And my son-in-law, who makes beautiful furniture, sometimes glues silly little things for me. It's a lovely world to share with those we love. Thank you!

Patty said...

I have saved stacks of my daughter's favorite t-shirts (including Athens Montessori) to make a quilt like that, but haven't gotten to it yet. But re-using existing fabric is one of the motivations. Can you point me to good instructions? (I've never made a quilt..)

Elizabeth Barton said...

hi Patty, I just cut out the squares from the t shirts, placed them on top of a large piece of polartec, cut strips vertical and horizontal of polartec, placed them over the raw edges of the t shirt squares and sewed them down. couldn't be easier! the most difficult bit was sewing the little diamonds on top of the holes in the t shirts in the middle of a queen size quilt!

the recipient said...

i can attest to the mindless quilt's serious warmth on cold mountain nights! i always appreciate having an eb original.