I’m finally creating a project that’s been on my mind for years – making a crocheted rug from the leftover T-shirts from my kids’ memory quilts. I collected their favorite outgrown shirts for years and for each kid made a T-shirt memory quilt of the images printed on the front. This still leaves a lot of leftover fabric from the shirt – the back, the bottom and often the long sleeves. I made “T-yarn” from the bigger scrap pieces (there are lots of tutorials on how to do this – just Google it.) From this yarn, I’ve learned to crochet in-the-round and am making a large, colorful crocheted area rug (took a great class at ImagiKnit here in San Francisco.) I’m still going at it, but it’s getting pretty big!
Julian’s T-shirt Memory Quilt 2019
Adrienne’s T-Shirt Memory quilt Circa 2012
…to make this!
I’ve been sticking to my 2018 New Year’s resolution to use repurposed materials, or to only use what I have in my stash and on hand. This project, thankfully, has helped me use up several bags of stored items. Also, it prompted me to go through my own wardrobe and repurpose shirts that no longer fit, are stained or that I simply have not been wearing. I have a lot of balls of T-yarn to use – this could get pretty darn big.
Julian’s T-shirt Memory Quilt
This quilt has been a long awaited labor of love. I’m finally making this memory quilt for my son from his collection of T-shirts that I’ve held onto for years – from preschool through high school. It’s a trip down memory lane for me – I clearly remember him wearing each one at every stage, and every interest and passion. I’ll have it done for his 22nd birthday next month. I’m very happy with how this is turning out! And still sticking with my resolution -going on two years now – to make quilts from what I have and from recycled materials, clothing and fabric.
Three of my quilts were juried into, and received Honorable Mention for, the Envision Arts online Earth-Mother exhibit. The theme is artworks made from recycled materials. Shown are: “Shirt Off His Back” made from my husband’s repurposed shirts; “Julian’s Jeans” made from outgrown denim and twill pants following my son’s teen growth spurt; and “American Patriot: Words Matter” constructed with old jeans from my family and friends. One of my goals this past year was to enter my quilts into more juried shows and exhibitions so I’m pretty excited! (And a first for me in an art show that isn’t exclusively quilts or fiber art!)
ARTIST STATEMENT: LORRAINE WOODRUFF-LONG
My medium is the quilt to highlight the political and moral challenges of today’s world. Using recycled fabric from my family, friends and community, I design modern quilts that create a permanent connection between the original wearer and myself. I use a variety of traditional quilting techniques including machine, hand quilting and applique, and design with traditional blocks as well as improvisational quilting – with a particular emphasis on modern and contemporary designs . My work reflects my community, my family and my political beliefs.
Shirt Off His Back quilt – made from my husbands shirts
American Patriot-Words Matter
A special shout out to the many volunteers of the San Francisco Quilters Guild for their hard work and for making last weekend’s show such a success. Two of my quilts received ribbons!
Julian’s Jeans got 3rd Place in the Hand Quilting category
And American Patriot: Words Matter won an Honorable Mention in the Piecing/Traditional category.
The SFQG’s 18th biennial show presents more than 300 quilts made by members along with work by featured artists Sujata Shah and the guild’s own Jeanie Low. Special exhibits showcase the Dorcas Quilters on their 80th anniversary, the Millefiore mini group, wearables, and antique and vintage sewing machines plus sewing memorabilia. With more than two dozen vendors, quilt appraisals, an activity corner with crafts for all ages, a market stocked with handmade items, and more, QUILT 2019 is a not-to-be-missed event.
Friday March 22, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday March 23, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Event Center in St. Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA
$15 for a two-day pass
$10 for a 2-day, advance-purchase pass
Entry for children 12 and under is free
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The 38 Geary bus stops in front of the Cathedral
The 47 and 49 buses stop two blocks east of the Cathedral, on Van Ness Avenue
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Japan Center, Main Garage, 1610 Geary Blvd. Fee.
Japan Center, Fillmore Annex, 1650 Fillmore St. Fee
Cathedral lot, enter at 1111 Gough St., limited spaces
I am having so much fun making these blocks from a collection of “my precious” silk – Some which I’ve held onto since almost forever.
Over 30 years ago I bought several yards of teal silk while in Thailand on a round-the-world ticket following my time in Peace Corps Kenya. I always thought I’d make it into something to wear. The yellow, red and orange silk were recently gifted from a Bee Modern SF buddy – a neighbor clearing out his mom’s house had yards and yards of silk to give away and it was shared with our group. And the pink was just given to me in a large box of fabric from a friend this fall. I’d bought a few fat quarters over the years waiting for inspiration. Well I FOUND IT and have had so much fun creating these blocks! I have about five more to make to finish what will be a wall hanging to go over our fireplace (28”x28”).
I have created a new tutorial “how to” on a fast and easy process to crank out these bar blocks. Check it out here.
Color bar blocks