To create a quilt, wearable, or other quilted item that uses a minimum of 50% recycled fabric or other items. Also to stretch your imagination and have fun.

A minimum of 50% recycled fabric and other items you wish to use on the face of the quilt. No larger than 40 inches on any one side

Host: Liza Lee Miller

Sherry Boram
Pendleton, IN, USA

Everything is recycled except the thread and embroidery floss. " FUN DUDS II" is made of old shirt, old bibs, old hanger, older ironing board pad, clear plastic "buttons" from pop bottles.

"Fun Duds II"


Anne Copeland
Lomita, CA, USA

"Tin Woman"
14" tall

The Tin Woman is everything the Tin Man lacked. She says, "I always had a heart!" The tin woman is made from a coffee can, legs are candleforms, arms are forks, and head is a glass jar with a watercolor painted head inside. She had a watercolor paper heart and the heart is decorated with" threadies," those short pieces of threads people throw out. Her texture on her body is made from paper towel painted silver.

As a resident of the mid-west suburbs, I am quite used to power outages. They are the perfect opportunity for family to gather, read by candlelight or snuggle in front of a fire... I was happy to hear NYC was calm & most residents made the best of a difficult situation on August 14th, 2003 versus the looting and fires of the 1977 blackout. Other than thread & paint, all the materials are recycled.

Liza Lee Miller
Boulder Creek, CA, USA

My husband had a special relationship with his maternal grandparents. We named our daughter after his grandmother. His grandfather was wont to give things to my husband (in lieu of getting rid of them himself). My mother-in-law tells stories of her father calling to say her son was on his way home and then laughing evilly and saying he had a few things with him. These ties were among the few things that stayed with us over the years -- although, whenever people visit our home, they are sure to ask about some interesting thing or another. The answer to" where did you get that" is almost always, "Greg's grandfather." The ties were starting to deteriorate with age, however and I felt it was time to recycle them. I have always admired crazy quilting and it seemed a wonderful way to include all the patterns together in something that worked. I added in some special velvet scraps and lace, etc. that I've collected. It was a lot of fun to work on and means an awful lot to my husband. So, this piece is dedicated to my late
grandfather-in-law, Gerald Robechaud and his grandson, Greg Miller.

Kelly Simbardi
San Carlos, California, USA

8 1/2" x 11 "

This quilt was made in response to the journal quilt project this year. It is my July entry in honor of what would have been my mother's 64th Birthday.
My mom was a shop-a-holic is ever there was one and had more clothes than even I can believe. (131 pairs of black stretch pants-why?? Who knows!) Since her death 5 years ago, I've held on to Granny's clothing with the promise to make quilts for my children. Up until this project, I've been unable to do it. This is the first piece with her clothes. My father and I joked that this piece must be worth at least $2,000 as the clothing I cut to make it originally cost that much! Ever supportive and encouraging, my mom was instrumental in my becoming a quilt artist. She, of course, was always willing to buy lots and lots of fabrics!


Julie Zaccone Stiller
Boulder Creek, California U.S.A.

Scraps and bits of life swirl into one spiral cycling
and recycling and cycling once more. Into the center
and out again in a different form.


"Labyrinth #2 - Spiral Recycles"
19" x `9"

98% recycled Materials: Backing recycled bedsheet,
batting scraps, fabric and thread scraps (that most
sane people throw out)make up the background, wedding veil tulle netting, and cotton/lycra scraps make up the spiral. The only un-recycled part is the rayon
variegated thread which anchors down the spiral.

Meena Schaldenbrand
Plymouth, MI, USA

Metal pop cans flowers, fish and sun
water : Shrunk Tyvek envelopes
Mountains of serger chain threads
grass : thread scraps
Earrings, pins,beads from broken necklace

"Recycled Landscape"
16” w x 20”

Ann Turley
Walnut, CA USA


"The Coast"

Using photographs of my favorite vacations, I have begun to create a series of "Postcard From..." quilts. My husband and I recently spent a few weeks on Kauai, where I took an unbelievable amount of pictures. This quilts was inspired by an awesome view of a portion of the Na'Pali coast from hiking trail above the cliffs. Old clothing from the eighties was used in the appliqué process.

Carolyn Lee Vehslage

Techniques: hand quilted, appliquéd, & embellished .

Materials: cotton fabrics; recycled computer media, recycled computer keyboard keys, recycled film, computer and electrical wires.

Statement: "Mixed Media" has many meanings including this style of artwork. The embellished items are all forms of computer media. It is a reference to the bipolar 'mixed' state: the rapid vacillation between depression and mania. V1.2 is the most autobiographical of my computer series in that I spend a good portion of my day in front of my laptop reading and writing. Along the bottom in lettered beads I've spelled out, "I READ I WRITE I SEW I QUILT". Sewing Daily/Daily Sewing keeps my bipolar disorder in balance.



"Mixed Media Version 1.2: Read/Write"
28”h x 22”w x 1.5”d
© Carolyn Lee Vehslage - August 2003

Carolyn Lee Vehslage

Materials: cotton, tulle, shears, foam board, recycled keys from an old computer keyboard, stick on letters, stamp & stencil metallic inks, metallic thread, & beads.
Techniques: machine quilting, hand embroidery, stenciling, stamping, hand appliqué, & embellishment.
Techniques: The “Keyboard Lockup” series evokes the feelings of frustration and lack of control when computers 'freeze up'. It’s a metaphor for not being able to move forward in this moment in time. Each iceberg blue piece is covered with frost and snowflakes. Silvery icicles hang from computer keyboard letters that spelled out words like "frozen".


“Keyboard Lockup Version 1.5: Does Not Compute”
6”h x 17”w x 1”d
© Carolyn Lee Vehslage - August 2003

Carolyn Lee Vehslage

"Motherboard Meltdown Versions 2.5 –2.8: Four Patch"
24”w x 29.5”h x 1"d
© Carolyn Lee Vehslage - September 2003

Techniques: machine and hand quilting, stamping, embellishment, waxing
Materials: cotton fabric; metallic thread, beads, and metallic ink; recycled computer components, computer ribbon cable, and wax.
Statement: The "Motherboard Meltdown" series is a metaphor for stress induced mental breakdown.

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