Make it Work Challenge - Part 3

This post will have entries 21-30.

ENTRY #21:  Fit to be Tied        by Sandie Pike

Many years ago, needing to repair an antique crazy quilt, I asked friends for a few old neckties from which I could salvage the silks.  The quilt got its repairs, but the neckties kept coming.  Over the years a couple of hundred found a resting place in a box high on a shelf.  This project has been a great opportunity to put seventy-one of them to use.

The background fabric is an orphan piece of yardage handed to me one night by one of the Guild’s Fanny Basket ladies with the admonition to find a use for it.  I took it home and tossed it up on a shelf.  When I was getting ready to mount the ties on a traditional black or white background, I suddenly remembered that piece of gold fabric on the shelf.  With some “creative” piecing, it became the perfect recycled background for the recycled ties.

Machine quilted and machine appliquéd by participant.

Fit to be Tied

Fit to be Tied

ENTRY #22:  Chinese Mulberry Silk Road         by Jan Finkelstein

The Chinese Mulberry Silk used to make this quilt was imported from China in 1996 by my husband.  He imported silk scarves in various sizes and tried to sell them.  Many I gave as gifts to friends and used myself.  Mulberry silk is the finest silk – the silk worms are fed only Mulberry leaves.  The silk is very desirable and can be machine washed and dried.

Machine pieced by participant; machine quilted by a longarmer

Chinese Mulberry Silk Road

Chinese Mulberry Silk Road

ENTRY #23:  New Life for Old Linens      by Kathy Stubbs Ward

This entry won an Honorable Mention

I have a very large collection of “hurt” linens that have been used to create garments by cutting out the undamaged sections.  However, there are many pieces that are in good shape and just too pretty to cut up.  I decided that some of these pieces could be put together in a small top to display the beautiful designs and workmanship.  A stained bridge tablecloth was used for the back and sleeve.

Machine pieced and machine appliquéd by participant.

New Life for Old Linens

New Life for Old Linens

ENTRY #24:  For Mr. Tiddles            by Thyra Schubert

No materials were purchased to make this quilt.  All fabrics, batting, stencils, and thread were part of my stash.  I wanted to create a quilt using only what I had and include my love of Japanese fabric and cats.  Denim from old Jeans and table linens were also used.  This quilt is “For Mr. Tiddles,” my lovable cat who makes me smile and knows when I need a kiss and a cuddle.

My wonderful husband was particularly pleased that I did not purchase anything for this challenge!

Hand quilted and hand appliquéd by participant. Other techniques include Sachiko and Boro

For Mr. Tiddles

For Mr. Tiddles

ENTRY #25:  Ties that Fish and Bind            by Margaret Starr

Many years ago, a good friend of mine lost her husband.  She wanted to give me his ties, knowing that I used ties to make vests, pillows and wall hangings.  I asked her if she wanted me to make something for her and she requested a pillow.  She loved it!

This started a tradition for me.  Anyone I knew who lost a male relative would give me their ties and I would make something for them.  I ended up with a lot of ties, so I decided to make a quilt with ties as the only fabric.  Dark blue ties form the background water with ripples and waves.  Colorful ties were used for the machine appliquéd fish.

I chose fish as homage to my father, who taught me how to fish.  One summer when I was an adult I got to go fishing every Wednesday with my father and his brother (my uncle).  We got up before dawn and drove into Canada to spend the day fishing and talking. I cherish those memories.

The fabric backing the quilt was given to me by a dear friend. It is silk tie fabric.  Nothing in this quilt is new, except for some new sewing techniques.  I recalled and spoke to many of my friends who have my tie present.  What a lovely mental journey we had reminiscing.

Machine pieced, machine quilted, machine appliquéd, and machine embroidered by participant.

Ties That Fish and Bind

Ties That Fish and Bind

ENTRY #26:  A Tote Bag Story           by Jane Hill

This quilt is a record of my professional life from being a teacher to creating a business called Hillcraft Needle Arts.  Teaching and traveling to quilt shops and shows became a big part of my life in order for my business to succeed.  This quilt is made using a collection of tote bags from places where I taught.  The blocks are arranged in chronological order and have been embellished with pins from shows, guild, or organizations that are part of my story.

My 20 year career allowed me to teach quilting classes nationally and host fashion shows at Houston’s Quilt Market and Festival; to teach on Kaye Wood’s quilting cruises for 10 years and appear on her PBS television shows; and to travel to Europe to lecture.  The Recycling Challenge allowed me to use the stash of tote bags that have been cluttering my sewing room for years to create my memory quilt.  The canvas bags were used to create the top, and the larger shopping bags embellish the back.

Machine pieced, and machine quilted by participant.

A Tote Bag Story

A Tote Bag Story

Entry #27:  Sarah Belle Loved Monograms       by  Karen Berman

Sarabelle, the story behind the quilt.  My friend Mary has shared stories about her mother, Sarabelle, for close to 20 years.  She had a love for monogramming absolutely everything in her home and life, including cigarette boxes, lighter, matchbooks, linens, clothing, bar glasses, jewelry and literally anything that could be monogrammed.  Mary gave me some of her mother’s bed linens and doilies.  I repurposed them into the challenge quilt to remember the “Belle” by.  I used a bed sheet for the center medallion and lace, and her lace doilies for the blocks.

Machine pieced and quilted by participant.

Sarah Belle Loved Monograms

Sarah Belle Loved Monograms

ENTRY #28:  Autumn Trees           by Trudy Flynn

I have had a bag of curtain samples forever and they work very well in the Babylock Embellisher since they are light in weight.  The trees are from fabric I love and thread painting them to the background reminded me of autumn in New York and Vermont.

Machine pieced, quilted, and appliquéd by participant. Background done with Babylock Embellisher (punching machine).

Autumn Trees

Autumn Trees

ENTRY #29:  Memories from My Grandmother           by Bert Hodge

This quilt represents my Grandmother Ames.  She was a knitter and embroiderer and made a sweater for my newborn son, and I had received some tablecloths and doilies from her.  These items were lost in our move to Florida when our van was stolen.  I found these antique items to represent her loving presence in my life.

Hand Quilted and Hand Appliquéd by participant. Used embroidered table cloth that was rescued, also antique doilies.

Memories From My Grandmother

Memories From My Grandmother

ENTRY #30:  My 50 Year Journey with the Angels of Caring       by  Barbara Lamb

The gray stripe and white squares are from my nursing school uniforms. The pinstripe was the dress and the white is from the bibs and aprons worn over the dress.  The four-patch blocks are from scrubs worn as a nurse practitioner.  The backing is from white scrub tops or lab coats, and the print is from a lab jacket.

Machine pieced, machine quilted, and hand appliquéd by participant.

My 50 Year Journey with the Angels of Caring

My 50 Year Journey with the Angels of Caring