"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!