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Litterflies Journal Quilt September 1, 2007

Posted by barn owl in collage, embroidery, quilting, recycling.
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Last November I attended the International Quilt Festival in Houston with my mom, my sister, and a friend; it was very inspirational. We all loved the extensive display of journal quilt pages, each about 8″ x 11″. I decided to start a series of journal quilt pages with an environmental theme, using issues of litter, recycling, pollution, and residential development as starting points.

The first piece I’ve finished counterposes the abundance of butterfly species we have here in South Texas, with the curse of litter that creates eyesores and health hazards in the landscape. I created butterfly shapes with plastic bag scraps, twist ties, aluminum foil, and gum wrappers, and added beads and embroidery as embellishments. The background is a hand-dyed, sun-printed piece of fabric created by my mom. Initially I tried quilting the piece in an embroidery hoop, which was a big mistake; when I switched to quilting without the stretcher, my stitches became smaller and more evenly spaced.

litterflies

In the background is one of my tote bags, crocheted from cut-up plastic carrier bags and newspaper wraps.