Thursday

Recycled Paper Quilt



I finally found some time to work on a project that had been delightfully nagging at me for a while. I’ll bet many of you look at magazine publications and think…what lovely photos, colors, textures and hate to just give or throw them away. So, what do you do with them? Well, I’m a quilter so my first inclination was to make a quilt. Usually I announce to everyone around me my next great idea. This time I wasn’t so verbal, because I thought they would think I’m nuts. You see I have an entire wall unit filled with lovely fabric that I have collected for decades. I knew what they would be thinking….why in the world would she resort to paper when she still hasn’t used up all this fabric. But all of you know, when an idea strikes you just have to go with it.

Well I went with it. I got out my paper cutter, tore pages out of magazines, color sorted those, and found graphics that I could use as appliqué pieces…there’s one magazine in particular that really helps with this –can you guess which one? Yep, Martha Stewart. Then I began cutting strips, triangles, and squares. Then I cut all of my potential appliqué pieces. This project is technically a recycled paper quilt, since I also used wrapping paper as the backing and envelopes from mail that I received as the batting. Then I began weaving and gluing. Once everything was in place and stabilized, I backed it. Then I made the binding with mitered corners and sewed it together with metallic thread. Isn’t the bird cute with string in its beak ready to make a nest?

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Distressing Delilah said...

I love your work..esp. your etsy shop!

Sleepy Cat Hollow said...

How cool! I've never seen a paper quilt! :)

Lynne said...

That is an awesome job and amazing thing to do with recycled magazines. Very nice work!

Julia said...

Goodness! This is quite the project, I'm so impressed! Hmm, now I may have a reason to keep my Martha Stewarts around for a while longer :)

Margins. said...

WOW! That is so delightful!!! What a neato idea.

Jude said...

I love your work! Thank you for the wonderful comment on admiring my blue bamboo painting. Your blog have so much interesting topics. I will put time to read them especially the interview format. Have a great day!

All the best,
Jude Maceren
artist

http://paintingsbyjude.blogspot.com

ThePeachTree said...

Holy incredible! This is unbelievable!!

M.KATE said...

this is awesome, never thought of it before, happy week ahead :)

Femme Details said...

That is so amazing!!!

picciolo said...

what a good idea, the end result is gorgeous!
: )

. said...

I have never seen anything so special and creative. Simply wonderous.

You must have this on the MS show, it is a given.

I am very impressed by your work. Things like this just don't occur to me and even if they did...uh...well, I will leave it at that!

WOW!
Lily

Margins. said...

Have I mentioned that you're amazing? Yup. You are :)

Our chat room run-ins are the best.

knitsteel said...

This is really a great piece.
I know what you mean about starting something new when you already have piles of other supplies ready to work with.

Classics and Country said...

Impressive, how unique.

espionage said...

I LOVE it! I have seen where people put some sort of finishing spray on paper and use them as floor coverings... that could be fun, too.

treasurefield said...

That is awesome! It even has batting??? Wow!
And where did you find the bird? My sister made a collage using the same bird; I sold it on Etsy. Take a look:
http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=5798755
And I'll be back to see what other great things you come up with!

Winniel said...

WOW, what a wonderful blog! Thanks for visiting mine too, & the thumbs up for my bracelet :)

moonmystic said...

That is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. And paper?

AJ said...

What a wonderful idea for wall art!

feefifoto said...

That's splendid! Could it be used as a real quilt? not as bedding, but as a fabric decoration, or is it mostly paper?

When my kids were toddlers I had some of my favorite baby clothes made into quilts. The ladies that made them were really creative -- they used a complete bikini, pockets and clasps from overalls, a hat, a monogrammed diaper. Makes a lovely memento.

feefifoto said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. Your things are wonderful. I used to be one of those people who would see objects like yours and say: "I can do that!" For a while I had a ton of ICanDoThat projects all over my house, until I admitted that I could do some of it but definitely not all of it.

BTW -- I'm doing a giveaway tonight. Feel free to sign up if you're so inclined.

High Desert Diva said...

This is fantastic!

SEWphisticate said...

this is amazing! i love paper. i admire quilting, but i don't have the patience to do it. i am floored by this! great concept, excellent execution.

MFH said...

This is so brilliant. Cheaper than fabric quilt and excellent for framing as a picture after that. That's creative.

belinha said...

I liked this!

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