Saturday, November 22, 2014

Make a fashion statement
with up-cycled patchwork sweatshirts

Cristy Clark (left) and Nancy Allen
wearing their up-cycled sweatshirt jackets.
Wearable Quilt Art can put a smile on your face! As living proof, here are Cristy and Nancy who presented a program on embellishing sweatshirts at the October Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting.

At the meeting, guild members were treated to tips and examples for up-cycling a "ho-hum" sweatshirt into a fashionable and snuggly patchwork jacket—just in time for the cooler fall weather.

Looking to put a dent in you scrap basket?
Have some orphan quilt blocks?
Want a solution for showing off a collection of pre-cut fabric strips, charm squares or batik panels?

Think about embellishing a sweatshirt!

Strips and strings used to embellish a sweatshirt.
Here is an example of using fabric strips and strings in neutrals, greys and small prints to cover the outside of this charcoal grey sweatshirt.
Nancy discusses using quilt blocks and patchwork on a sweatshirt.
Sweatshirts can be new or well-worn because they serve as the foundation of the jacket and will be covered with other fabrics. Watch for off-season sales on sweatshirts, dig through your closet, or enjoy the thrill of the hunt at thrift shops or the Good Will store for good buys. Nancy said she scored 2 or 3 gently used sweatshirts and paid only a few dollars each at a thrift store.
Example of how to lengthen the jacket.
Sweatshirt jackets.
October Show and Tell
The Choo Choo Quilters always have great quilts to show and share. Here are some of their latest projects and fabulous finds.
Dawn's quilt with a prairie point edge.

Sherry's quilt in rich fall colors.

Beverly shared this wonderful antique find.

Dating the fabrics in this antique quilt top.

Veronica's quilt top with appliqué flowers
made with a collection of pre-cut strips.
We added a few more Cuddle Quilts to our community service project.
Nancy has been busy making Cuddle Quilts.
Cuddle Quilts

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