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    Super Member Olivia's Grammy's Avatar
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    I love to recyle. Here are a few pictures of thing I've recycled over the last few years.

    This is the first thing I made with blue jeans. I used 4 pairs to make this jumper, which I wear a lot.
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    Every one is going "green". Here's my "green" bag. It stays in the trunk of my car.
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    This is my Bible Cover.
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    I also recyle neck ties. This quilt has 215 different ties in it. I can't decide how to quilt it. Suggestions are welcomed.
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    Another blue jean project.

    I call this a purse on the go. It folds up to carry in your purse or you can carry it with the strap.
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    Inside veiw. I holds checkbook, money, coin.
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    Outside viiew. It can hold sunglasses or tissues.
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    I think that I would just stitch in the ditch, around all the bow ties, maybe even a small decorative design

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    The first picture is a wool tree skirt with the nativity. Each creature was done my hand.The second picture is a calendar block of the month. The "project" got so heavy that I knew we could not sleep under it. I fold it over the pillow on my bed.

    Wool tree skirt. Every creature was done by hand.
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    Each block was done my hand.
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    How clever you are. I have saved tons of jeans to make a quilt, but think I will now use them to make "green" bags for the grocery store! Love your tie quilt - where did you get all the ties?

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    Great work-the bible cover is darling! But the dress is very nice also. It will look great. Good work- the bag will never wear out!! I use my denim bag for everything. I also save neckties and have always wanted to make a quilt. They are from my father, husband and boys as they were growing up and actually wearing them! Uneard of today . . . thanks for sharing.

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    This is a vest I made from men's wool slacks. It's called an upside down vest. If you look closely at the second picture you can see the pocket flaps. When I brought these pants home I told DH they were for him to wear to our Christmas Party. I wish I'd had a camera ready to capture the look on his face.

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    This is my newest Treasure. Finished it yesterday. I've had this pattern for a while and couldn't find exactly the fabric for the tree. The back ground is a silk sheet. The tree is a fabric shower curtain.

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    I made every one in our family a Christmas stocking. Here are a few of them.

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    Another idea for jeans - stockings. Boy am I going to be busy!

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    All are nice - I especially like your jumper.

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    The Neck Tie quilt is 90 x90. I've thought about tieing it. I've thought about stitch in the ditch. I even have a HandiQuilter so I could machine quilt it. Every time I make up my mind, I start rethinking it. DH buys ties and blue jeans at yard sales. I had to ask him to stop buying blue jeans bc I have an attic full. I made a lot of quilts from them also.

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    You are the recycle queen! Awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootyr
    You are the recycle queen! Awesome!
    Recyle is right, don't know about "queen"

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    Wow!!!!

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    Fantastic projects.. I bow to your creativity !!

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    These are wonderful projects. I love the jean jumper. The calendar BOM one is nice too. Great ideas for recycling jeans.

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    WOW!! You have some beautiful projects there!!! Love that jumper. What a great way to reuse and recycle!!

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    The neck tie quilt is an inspiration to me. A couple of years ago my DH's cousin gave me a plastic tote full of ties her mother (who had gone to Heaven)had saved up to make purses. It also had a partially finished purse and a pattern. But I heard about making quilts out of them, and now I may follow your lead. It's not high on my list of things to do, though, and the box sits behind my work table out of sight....and out of mind for now.

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    Really love all the ideas for using blue jeans. You have so many clever ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Gramy
    I also recyle neck ties. This quilt has 215 different ties in it. I can't decide how to quilt it. Suggestions are welcomed.

    No suggestions, but it's BEAUTIFUL!!

    :-D

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    I bow down to you!!! Yes, you are the Queen!!! What awesome ideas and they are all beautiful!!! I had to laugh at the upside down vest story, and I think that was the most clever of them all :D :D D:

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    Good job on the recycling. I'm assuming that those white pants came with the red embroidery on them. cute story.

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    Wow! You are a clever lady! They are all great but I especially love the nativity tree skirt (just adorable), the bible cover (how precious), the boot ornaments are so cute and the tote bag and handbags and jumper are all great too! Wow, I just love it all. I would stitch in the ditch w/the bow tie quilt. Have a couple hundred neckties from the family have been saving to do a quilt on the "to do" list that there's not enough time to do it all but will get to some on the list. lol. ;) :D ;) :thumbup:

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