Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Upcycled Heart

Project QUILTING, Season 5: Challenge 2–Upcycled
 
 
I had to get my "thinking cap" on to re-use and re-purpose old stuff into something new and useful
for this challenge.

The Rules:

  1. The front, back, borders, binding and embellishments should all be made from materials that have had a previous life as something else.
  2. You may use new thread and batting.
  3. Your project must include at least 2 materials that were never intended for use in a quilt or clothing.
 
An old vinyl poster, shopping bags, and a tarnished piece of costume jewelry were my ingredients.
This little wall hanging is completely weather proof and can hang by the front door.
 
The poster was going to the trash at work
and the colors of the poster were the inspiration of a Valentine theme.
 
The poster is a heavy vinyl and challenged my sewing machine a little
and my old scissors, a lot.
 
 
The shopping bag became the back and binding.
 
No freemotion quilting on this one.
Stitch in the ditch and straight line was all my sewing machine would handle on this heavy "fabric."
 

A pop can tab for hanging.
Is that upcycled or recycled?
 

 
The charms from the necklace were tarnished - discolored and wouldn't clean up, so I painted them with silver metalic paint.
 
 
My Upcycled Heart
 
 
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas


Size 10 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Outdoor Valentine Wall Hanging

Click here to vote for the top 4!
in Challenge 2-Upcycled
 The poll will be open until 9pm CST on Friday, January 31st
 
 This challenge was a hard one for me, but I love my little Valentine quilt.
My front porch looks brighter and happier with a new holiday decoration.
 
 
Tomorrow is the start of the She Who Sews blog hop.
I will be showing off a little corner in my sewing room.
Come have a cup of coffee with me....
 
 

3 comments:

Vicki H said...

Perfect. I couldn't tell from the pic what the materials were.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Well done! I would have found that challenge really challenging. Your heart looks brilliant; you would never know it was made from 'rubbish'.

Doris Rice said...

Wow, now that's some up-cycling! Fabulous job and cute project.