Picture of How to make an upcycled art quilt
If the word "quilt" makes you think of Amish barn parties and pinwheels, it's time to start thinking outside of the sewing basket! Art quilting can be fast, easy and fun. I'll show you how to create a unique mini art quilt with paper, fabric and small objects from around the house in one afternoon. Art quilts are great because they don't have to be big, functional or washable. They don't have to take long to make, and you don't even need a pattern to make one!

If you like to sew, chances are you've accumulated piles of fabric scraps and notions. Have some scrapbooking sundries tucked away in the closet? Maybe you even have a box or two under the bed filled with ephemera from your journeys. We're going to dust off those supplies and get them on the wall for you to enjoy!

Here are a few ideas you can use to get started:

-Make a keepsake quilt. If you're the type who saves ticket stubs, cookie fortunes, arcade tokens, and vending machine photos from the state fair, this is a great way to empty out the souvenir box and turn it into art.

-Choose an event or general theme. Don’t save every scrap of paper from your excursions, but want to commemorate an experience or event? Maybe you want to make a piece with “France” or “Summer” as a general topic. Jot down words or details about the memory or theme you want to turn into fabric art and look for paper, fabric and small found objects for those elements.

-Seek inspiration in your materials. Right now, I’m working on ArtProject2010.info, in which I’m making a new piece of art daily for a year, and let’s just say I don’t get a lightning strike of pure inspiration every day. One way to get the ball rolling is to look through the materials you have available to you and see if a pattern forms or an idea comes to you. This is the method I used in my example in this instructable.

Still need some inspiration? Check out some examples of mini art quilts I’ve made this year.

For this project, you’ll need:

• An old frame, preferably 8”x10” or smaller (don’t need the glass) and paint, if desired
• Scrap fabric, paper and odds & ends like buttons, tokens, rick rack, a few colors of thread
• Thin batting (or dryer lint)
• A sewing machine & pins
• Scissors, pen & a bit of masking tape
drwebster2 years ago
way cool,you are talented,for sure
Kip653 years ago
Super cute !! My neice is going to love this !!!

(hope you got the copyright problem taken care of)
jexcell4 years ago
Listen, your tutorial has been copied and place on another blog: http://inthe-garden.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-make-upcycled-art-quilt.html
This person has done the same thing to my tutorial as well (you can find me for real at www.sewhappygeek.co.uk)
She has stolen every tutorial that's up on her blog.
I have lodged a formal complaint with blogger, as it's clearly copyright infringement and therefore both illegal in international law and against Blogger's policies. I am trying to contact everyone who's tutorial has been stolen, to urge you to complain to Blogger as well to get the site withdrawn.
You can google 'copyright infringement complaint Blogger' for the form, or go here:
I'm really sorry to tell you this, and I really do know how awful it feels.
Jenna @ SewHappyGeek
trucdart (author)  jexcell4 years ago
Hi there!

Thanks for bringing my attention to this. I did create the instructable in the spirit of getting other people artmaking, and do like it being shared, but it's obvious that this person is doing the copying with the intention of generating ad revenue.

If it were just me, I wouldn't mind so much, but it is crappy that they've done this to lots of people. And this particular instructable has been included in an eBook/ePublication by Instructables that they offer for download in iTunes; hence, they may care to do something about the infringement. So I have sent a message to one of the admin here with the blog link and asked to be notified if they take action. If so, I'll let you know.

Thanks again for contacting me. It's always good to hear from fellow members of this community. Take care!

starjumper4 years ago
I just wanted to let you know that unless this is you, your hard work has been ripped off, word for word: http://inthe-garden.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-make-upcycled-art-quilt.html

trucdart (author)  starjumper4 years ago
Yep, that isn't me. :) I sent a note to an admin at Instructables since this particular 'ible is included in an eBook that they published, so they may care to do something about the copyright infringement. Thank you for bringing my attention to it. Have a good one!
simple and yet so beautifull and creative. looks great :)
Way way cool! Can you tell me a little bit more about the linol cuts please?
trucdart (author)  porcupinemamma4 years ago
Hello there! Why yes, I can! Check out this other instructable I wrote on that for some help- http://www.instructables.com/id/How-ANYONE-can-make-a-linocut/ :D Have fun!
I LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE....looks rad...so creative...im gonna try it out...i have lots of bits and pieces...this project is perfect for me.
trucdart (author)  erraticwonder5 years ago
Thank you! I see scrap piles as endless possibilities now. :) Hope you have tons of fun with this, please post your finished piece!
philosofree5 years ago
I just finished an Africa-themed one and I love it! Thanks so much for sharing~
trucdart (author)  philosofree5 years ago
That's super awesome. I love hearing that people have actually completed their own projects after reading my 'ibles! Somehow it just feels really wonderful. :) Thanks for dropping me a comment to let me know. Take care!
tesla945 years ago
Love it!
trucdart (author)  tesla945 years ago
Thank you! It really is a lot of fun and a great way to use odds and ends. :)
mikeasaurus5 years ago
nice write-up, and the results look great!
trucdart (author)  mikeasaurus5 years ago
Thanks! I used to think quilting was a serious thing that required books and classes, but now I have fun with it. :)