Recycled Fabric and Memory Quilts

FIVE DRESSES

This quilt, in the spirit of Gees Bend and Rosie Lee Tomkins, uses the linen fabric from five different dresses of mine from over the years that no longer fit or had simply worn out.

Five Dresses
Five Dresses
Five Dresses Detail
Five Dresses Detail

SHIRT OFF HIS BACK

My 2018 New Year’s Resolution was to only use quilt materials that I had on hand. My architect husband (with very good taste) used the holiday for some closet-cleaning and I nabbed this collection for myself. First attempts to machine quilt this giant were abandoned and I decided to hand-quilt it using perle cotton. Many hours, days and weeks later, it is our new family treasure. And I kept my New Year’s Resolution!

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Shirt Off His Back quilt – made from my husbands shirts

RICK’S MEMORY QUILT

I was so happy to create this quilt for a friend whose husband suddenly passed away.  She wanted this memory quilt for her daughter in college.  It was such a joy to work with these shirts – such a testament to the man and his priorities and passions throughout his life.  Below is a video I made for some close ups of the shirts.

Rick’s Memory Quilt

AMERICAN PATRIOT: WORDS MATTER

I am an American Patriot. Following service in the Peace Corps, I returned passionate about our valuable American rights and freedoms. I witnessed first-hand the oppression of a people without freedom of speech or a free press; of an unchallenged president in a one-party state; of corrupt elections. The women I worked with were limited in personal and economic freedom and had little control over their bodies or lives. This quilt was inspired by these experiences as well as signs exhibited at the peaceful marches in which I’ve participated since 2016. Made from my family’s jeans and recycled clothing.

 

American Patriot-Words Matter
American Patriot-Words Matter

JULIAN’S JEANS

This Court House Steps traditional quilt is made from the denim and fabric from my son’s jeans & pants following a high school growth spurt.

Julian's Jeans
Julian’s Jeans
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Julian’s Jeans hand quilt detail
Julian's Jeans Detail
Julian’s Jeans hand quilt detail

OTHER RECYCLED/REPURPOSED FABRIC PROJECTS

Long Family Pants
Long Family Pants
Julian's Outgrown Jeans Quilt
Julian’s Outgrown Jeans Quilt
Adrienne's T Shirt Memory Quilt Detail
Adrienne’s T Shirt Memory Quilt Detail
Adrienne's T Shirt Memory Quilt
Adrienne’s T Shirt Memory Quilt
Julian’s T-shirt Memory Quilt
Long Family Recycled Jeans Picnic Blanket
Long Family Recycled Jeans Picnic Blanket
Miraloma Kindergarten Alphabet Friends Quilt
Miraloma Kindergarten Alphabet Friends Quilt
Xx Alpha Friend Detail
Xx Alpha Friend Detail (all artwork done by K2 Kindergarten Class of Miraloma Elementary)
Denim Flannel Rag Quilt
Denim Flannel Rag Quilt
Denim Flannel Rag Quilt Detail
Denim Flannel Rag Quilt Detail
Denim buckets made from jeans legs
Denim buckets made from jeans legs
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Scrap denim zipper bag
Scrap denim zipper bag
Gee's Bend Inspiration Quilt - made from old jeans from the Woodruff-Long Family
Gee’s Bend Inspiration Quilt – made from old jeans from the Woodruff-Long Family
Denim Corduroy Scrap Quilt
Denim Corduroy Scrap Quilt (Given to the Woodruffs!)

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