Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Green Challenge

"Green Can Be Any Color…As Long As You Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse and Restore!" Yes, this is a very long quilt name but I like it.

For my “Green” challenge, I decided to interpret it as recycling. Men’s cotton shirts provided the fabric and the buttons; the batting was left over from an old project; the beads were all from a garage sale necklace; and I used sheets of foil that were so used up that it was hard to get anything off them.

I just sewed the fabric into strips and then zigzagged the seams for very simple quilting. Although the quilt was set horizontally, I wanted a vertical feel to it. I then cut the insets for the bead fringe and faced it. I made a stencil for the large word out of freezer paper. It was at that point that I realized I didn’t want any of the color green in the piece and so I decided to use orange and gold against the brown background. The buttons were an easy addition although I had to cut buttons off more shirts than I had used for the fabric. I stamped the words Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse and Restore with ink and also foiled the words at this point, but it would have worked better had I done it before it was quilted. Some of the words "sunk" into the batting and became somewhat unreadable. Live and learn! The bead fringe was done last and I painted a few of the beads gold to go with the foiling.

For me, this was more of a challenge than the “color” one because it was such (IMO) drab colors, yet I ended up really liking it. I can’t wait for the next word!

Lisa Kay


  1. I really like this and I am glad you didn't put green in it. I like that it is recycled and what a clever way to use those shirt fronts. I cut the buttons off..have a jar full... would have been better off using them the way you have. Very innovative and certainly fits the theme, however it is interpreted.

  2. Looks like you had a great time making this piece! It is so fun and full of detail. The more I look, the more I see. Great job!

  3. I love that you put the word Green in red. Makes my mind do a double take. I also love your use of buttons and trim. What fun.

  4. Good job. I think it works so well because of the change in values. It keeps it alive......so alive and green. And fun. Helen

  5. I really like this piece....it's inspirational for me.

  6. Love your train of thought and choice of words. Would really like to see this in person, the details beckon me to come closer. I love when a piece of art offers me one visual experience at a distance and another as I move in closer.