Am I Up To The Upcycle Challenge?

I know lots of folks participate in block exchanges, mystery quilts, quilt alongs, etc., online.  So far I haven’t, but I’m dipping my toe into that unknown body of water by signing up for the Upcycle Challenge run by Kim at Persimon Dreams.

I gather Kim’s Project Quilting challenges have been going on for a few years as this is the fifth cycle.  And there are prizes, always nice, but that’s not why I’m doing this.  I’m doing this because I have some weird “stuff” that I haven’t used but am too thrifty to toss.  I think my “stuff” will work for this challenge.

Here are the challenge rules:

  1. The front, back, borders, binding and embellishments should all be made from materials that have had a previous life as something else.
  2. You may use new thread and batting.
  3. Your project must include at least 2 materials that were never intended for use in a quilt or clothing.

My raw materials are: tablecloths I dyed (damask and homespun), laundry color catchers, bits of old jewelry, paper I marbleized (badly), a gold mylar (I think) sheet, and accordian pleated paper strips from a friend’s gift bag. I believe neither the mylar nor the pleated strips were intended for a quilt or clothing.


So far, I painted and color penciled a 13 by 20 inch piece of homespun tablecloth; I’ve cut up the color catchers and the mylar and sewn them to the homespun; I’ve created slithy toves (more on these later) from the marbleized paper, pleated paper strips, and jewelry bits.


I think my next step will be to quilt the layers, sew on dyed crochet tablecloth edging as binding, and attach my toves with Mistyfuse.  The backing, shown above left, is part of a damask tablecloth I dyed.  I think the result, which looks like a giant bruise, is strange enough for this piece.

About those slithy toves, if you’re a fan of Lewis Carroll’s work no explanation is needed.  Otherwise, check out the poem Jabberwocky.

My deadline is noon on Sunday, January 26.  Hope I make it.


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2 responses to “Am I Up To The Upcycle Challenge?

  1. Lesley

    Bon courage! (As we say in France.)

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