Learn to Sew Easy Curves – Recycled Uniforms
Recycle and Reuse
If you read this blog often, you know that I also have a book called Deploy That Fabric. That book uses retired, ripped or otherwise un-usable military uniforms in fun sewing designs. I made this quilt (above) as a nod to using military uniforms and support the military families. Recycling at its finest. This is my favorite quilt in the book.
Normally, appliqueing a stiff thick fabric, like a military uniform, or any home decorator weight fabric would be tricky; especially if you are trying to achieve that smooth curve shape. Through the magical facing technique explained in Learn to Sew Easy Curves, you are able to sew a facing to any weight/type fabric to create smooth finished edges.
The blocks in the quilt finish at 15″, so slightly bigger than a traditional 12″ quilt block. I like to think by adding those 3 extra inches, you get more bang for your time and efforts at the sewing machine. This quilt is 60″ x 60″.
Of course, you can always adjust the size of your finished quilts by making more or less blocks.
Fabrics used in Quilt 1 are by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics.
Fabrics used in Quilt 2 are by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics.