Monday, 15 February 2010

No strings attached

Back in October 2009 one of the lovely ladies at SCC set a challenge .... three items of old clothing were posted out and we had to upcycle/recycle into something new.  Well I am ashamed to say that my items were buried in the stash pile and I almost forgot about them till I had a tidy up last week.

My three pieces were a pair of shorts in a ditsy floral print, a red gingham check school dress and a rather jazzy Hawaiian style man's shirt.  I ummed and ahhed .... what to do .... then the lights came on whilst stripping scraps for Loft Creations 'No Strings' challenge.  What better way to use the fabric so out came the scissors, cutting mat and rotary cutter on Saturday and away I went.  By Saturday evening I had finished and this is the final result

A mini quilt measuring 33" x 24"

In the true spririt of recycling I used a piece of vintage ticking for the border and the backing is from an old red & white gingham curtain.  The only new part of it is the polyester wadding filler.

So there we are, two challenges in one go .... first strings project and SCC challenge completed.

The finished article is available in the classifieds at the SCC forum on an auction basis and the proceeds of the sale are to go to Lissylou's British Heart Foundation Fundraiser.

My little string block pile is growing on a daily basis and I try to slip away to my sewing sanctuary after dinner each evening to produce six more blocks and I'm still enjoying it so much.


  1. Wow, what a fantastic and clever quilt. Lovley

  2. Fabulous, such careful stitching, very creative.

  3. That is amazing Debbie. Well done. The fabrics look great together.

  4. From your descriptiion of the 3 items to be upcycled I wondered what on earth you would mangae to make, but the result is truly lovely! How clever of you!

  5. Thank you so much for doing that.
    i've just realised that your posts haven't been coming up on my dash board, even though i follow you....theres me thinking you hadn't posted for ages!!! xx

  6. oh...i can't remember if i said thank you for the wonderful things you sent too...if not a big big thank you (((())))