Thursday, April 17, 2008

Earth Day quilt show

In 1996 I thought it would be a great idea to have a Earth Day quilt show at our April guild meeting. Our members brought different flower, tree, and "earthy" quilts to the meeting. We displayed them, everyone received a participant ribbon and there was one viewers choice ribbon. We have done this almost every year since, this year we also had a different category, recycled quilts. Here are a few of the quilts. The top one Mary made of old jeans for her nephew, on the quilt she machine embroidered some of his favorite things, golf, baseball, fishing etc.
Kay recycled antique quilt blocks in to a new wall hanging.

Beverly used old shirt plackets from the Rag Co. There were buttons sewed along the strips which she cut off and sewed the strips together.

The quilt on the left used recycled jean fabric in it and friends signed it for a get well quilt. The circle floor mat is a collection of left over scraps from a quilt she made. She decoupaged into the mat. Beverly also made this rag rug out of left over fabric scraps. The tote bag is made from empty Capri Sun packages, I don't know if Cathy stuffed them with anything. The flowers are participant ribbons.

This quilt was made with her nurses scrub shirts.

Two t-shirt quilts. This isn't a recycled quilt, Jamie made this African inspired quilt, it's much more striking in real life.
Mary had this wall hanging in the general show. This was my first recycled quilt, in 1996 after marbleizing Easter eggs with a store egg coloring kit, I took the left over dye and marbleized some fabric. This piece reminded me of the Earth, I appliqued it on the blue fabric and quilted it.

My friend Marlyn used her new embroidery machine to sew this top, she gave it to me after the show (1996).
My friend Deb and I made the first show ribbons out of recycled junk mail. We stamped them with earthy sayings. The large ribbon was the viewers choice.
My birthday is on Earth day and Deb made me this cute wall hanging for my birthday that year. The watering can is tin with silk ribbon flowers. The first boarder is our natural dyed cotton with black walnuts. Ceramic buttons in the corners. I still hang it up every summer with a tree branch, it has little loops at the top.
Deb just sent me this card and some fabric for my birthday. She hand made this card and it looks just like spring in my yard. I love it. The background and tree are needle felted, the flowers, leaves, bird and nest are silk ribbon embroidery.
Sunday, my husband and I are going to Mayo to get a second opinion on his heart, I will be gone for about a week. I've spent time there before and they have a wonderful art collection from all over the world, modern and very antique. The town, also has a lot of art gallery's, in between appointments we tour around. If they release him Tues. we're going to head to South Dakota and camp for a few days and do a little hiking. I'll see you the end of April have a great Earth day!


Deb H said...

Wow! That Beverly is a busy bee!

I love Kay's antique blocks. I have a busch I want to do that with one of these days....

I'd forgotten all about that watering can quilt. I wonder how many quilts I've made that I don't remember!

I hope you liked the batik. It seemed to call your name to me. Hope John finds answers & all goes well. Good luck, safe trip, & Happy Birthday!

Sharon said...

Found you after Deb left a comment on my blog. Makes me want to dig through my material and make an earthday quilt today! (maybe I will!!!)
Happy Birthday.

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