Although, I love to dive into anything crafty, sewing has been my go-to hobby for the past 15 years. It’s a great stress-relief, mood-booster, and overall, it’s a good feeling to make something creative and tangibly useful.
Over the past 20 years I have created a variety of things: quilts for all occasions (e.g., xmas, wedding, baby, chakra, t-shirts, bdays, “memory” and just because); fabric types include: flannel, fleece, corduroy, silk, satin, khaki, jean, cotton. I can create anything from patterns but also can take on basic alterations.
The majority of my projects have been “recycled” pants quilts. An original 1998 tararae design, these quilts are “worn pants into warm quilts.”
My recycled pants quilts can be made from a variety of materials. Usually, I just stick to one general fabic type with a color pattern. For instance, 6 pairs of green and blue corduroy pants will be cut up and sewn together for a standard 5′ x 9′ throw quilt. Almost all the fabric is utilized, including the butts and crotches. Pockets are placed as usable structure in the blanket. A backing is chosen- the favorite is Joann Fabric’s furry fleece- then sewn. TaDah! Done. Other quilt requests include standard checkered pattern with fleece backing. For weddings, I like to take a couple squares to Embroidery shop, and get the couples’ names and date stitched in. For babies, I love using a very soft baby velour edged with satin casing.
Since 1998, I estimate that I’ve made over 200 quilts of all types, big and small, furry and smooth. I have made quilts for boyfriends, girlfriends, couples, teachers, babies, sisters, and grandmas. I made a wedding quilt in which dozens of friends contributed their favorite clothing item, everything was cut up and reassembled into a monstrous quilt. I’ve made T-shirt quilts from shirts too old/worn to wear but too hard to discard. I’ve even heard of my quilt saving a sexual encounter – a condom was strategically placed in quilt pocket for later use! Read on…