A Closer Look at Project QUILTING Upcycled Pieces, Part 2

Happy Tuesday everyone!   Looks like we’ll be hunkering down and trying to stay warm once again today.  The girls’ are off of school for the second day in a row.  My plan is to get them to help me organize my scraps by color…wish me luck!

Today we’re going to take a closer look at 10 more incredible projects created for the Upcyled Project QUILTING Challenge.  Be sure to head over and cast your VOTE for your FOUR Favorite quilts at some point this week.  And – don’t hesitate to click on an image and leave the creator a comment on what you think of their piece!  We all love to have feedback, encouragement and awe shared. 

1. Project Challenge 5.2, 2. ALE 3D, 3. Starter House - by Tisha Sandberg, 4. Live Deliciously, 5. Quilted T-Shirt Poncho: Patchwork side, 6. 102_1350, 7. Platypus Fever! Project Quilting Challenge - Upcycling, 8. Project Upcycle, 9. image, 10. Upcycled PQ Challenge Kitty Stuffie Created with fd's Flickr Toys

(11) sharonhuismith


Sharon in MI
I really wanted to recycle sewing-related items to make something to use when I sew. I made this organizer with pockets to go over the ironing board to hold various scissors, etc. I laminated a vintage pattern, backed it with the basket liner and sewed it on the drop clothe. I attached wood thread spools to make a flange along the bottom. I laminated another pattern, backed it with the basket liner, and added fabric pages to make an embroidery practice book. Then I used drop clothe to make a pin cushion and thread catcher. I laminated and hand sewed store receipts and other ephemera on the front of the bag. It's attached to the pin cushion with a vintage thread spool. This was a fun project and really challenged me to get out of my comfort zone! I know it'll make me smile every time I look at it!

(12) Quilts by Lisa


I call this fabric basket ALE 3D because it was A Learning Experience in 3 dimensional sewing. It was made in Kentucky for Project QUILTING, Season 5: Challenge 2–Upcycled. It is about 5" square and 6" high.

For this project I started with some discarded upholstery samples. I did some random quilting on the hexagon print using regular quilt batting and fabric from an old shirt for backing. This quilted part would become the sides of the basket. For the base of the basket I used a stack of cardboard squares (from FQs purchased at a recent JoAnn's sale) that I covered with another upholstery sample (not shown). The lining is made from a third sample. The casings on the top edges have sections of a metal tape measure in them to give the top some shape. The trim on the bottom edge is an elastic headband. I just made this up as I went along and often the plan changed when the original idea wouldn't work. That's why I call it A Learning Experience. It came out rather wonky as you might expect when making something on the fly. But nowadays wonky is good, right? Well, that's what I'm telling myself. It was fun to try some Upcycling, but it does make me more appreciative of wonderful, new quilt fabric and sewing things that are flat!


(13) Tisha Sandberg

Starter House

Tisha Sandberg
Project Quilting - Season 5 Challenge 2
Project name:  My House
I work in a home studio in rural Southwest Wisconsin near Bagley.  For this challenge I constructed a three dimensional house with a zippered roof.  The house is decorated with the address of my family home and a stamp (which I carved) of the flying corn symbol from DeKalb, IL, which is where I grew up.  I saw a photo of a quilted house many years ago and have always wanted to try making one.  This challenge was a perfect reason to give it a try.  It really was a learning experience and a tremendous amount of fun, so I’m sure it will not be my last.

I started by making paper templates for all four walls and waited till the base was put together to measure for the roof.  The entire house was constructed out of upcycled materials with the exception of the batting thread and embroidery floss (thread).  Here’s how the materials were used to construct the house:
•Used dryer sheets were painted and sewn together to cover the exterior walls.  They were then layered with batting and plastic from a bird seed bag to make the finished walls.
•The exterior roof was made from used dryer sheets stitched together with bits of scrap yarn and thread.  I used Solvy to make these sheets.  The interior of the roof is made from a used mailing envelope with bubble wrap inside.  The layers were sewn together and a used zipper was attached to the two roof halves.
•Decoration on the outside consists of decorative stitching, appliquéd strips of bird seed bag and appliqués made by drawing with Sharpies on used hand wipes.  The hand wipes were washed, dried and ironed first.
•Holes were punched on all four sides of the pieces and the house was put together by whip-stitching with embroidery floss.  Because of the materials used on the interior, the house is very sturdy.

my house is 7"x7"x8 1/4" tall.

(14) NoneSuch Exists

Live Deliciously

This 20 x 36 wall hanging was inspired by my love of cupcakes. As soon as I saw the challenge, the pieces fell into place for me. I dug through my bin of fabric and found remnants of a quilt that a portion had already been repurposed into curtains for my son. I used that as my backdrop and pulled apart the layers to use that fabric as well to create my colorful cupcake liner. Then I cut and rolled old white t-shirts to create the layers of frosting. I sewed around the edges and tacked the remainder in place with "sprinkle" stitches. My two non-traditional items are the Hershey's sign, which I bought many years ago but never found the right place to display. The finishing touch for me is the fork, which I engraved to say "Live Deliciously." I create in Oshkosh, WI.

(15) For Quilts Sake

"Quilted T-Shirt Poncho"

Made by Pam Geisel of For Quilts Sake in Yellow Springs, Ohio, January 2014 for Project Quilting Season 5, Challenge 2, "Upcycled"

Approx. 60" in diameter

This is the patchwork side of this reversible poncho made using t-shirt scraps.

Details at: forquiltssake.blogspot.com/2014/01/quilted-t-shirt-poncho...

(16) Kelly Kroon

Tattered Hearts

I call this Tattered Hearts. I create in Reedsburg, WI. The hearts are old cloth diapers that I painted with fabric paint. The maroon and blue piece is handmade paper that had been a pin. The background pieces are fabric samples from when I sold Longaberger baskets. I used old boot laces from my hubby to lace the piece to the repurposed frame. The ribbon and yarn I used to applique the hearts on are leftovers from other projects, as is the batting. That Purple Thang is a great tool for poking holes into fabric!

(17) Kristina, Snowflake McGuire

Platypus Fever!

My first completed Project Quilting challenge!! Hooray for upcycling!! I have named it Platypus Fever! It was made using an old plastic mesh beach bag, two Subway kids meal bags and an old pillow case. I created this tote at my home in Pardeeville, WI. Measures approx. 15 inches by 15 inches by 3 1/2 inches deep.


(18) Sew JJ

Project Upcycle

This is a chalk bag for climbing. I used an old pair of jean shorts for the outside and quilted that to some leftover batting which was left exposed on the inside to absorb the chalk powder.

(19) Katelyn Pritchard

A quilted sweater scarf I used three sweaters, a silk flower, a necklace pendant, and a broken ring in this up cycle challenge.

(20) Shout4Joy

Kittie Stuffie

approx. 8" tall and 4" wide ...
Created in Muskegon, MI

Using an old uniform of my husbands, some old buttons (from my button collection) and a piece of faux suede, I made a weighted stuffie. The front of the kitty is lightly quilted ...

a little more info on my blog: shout4joy-shouting.blogspot.com/2014/01/project-quilting-...

Stay tuned for more closer looks!

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