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Laundry to Legacy Marathon: Repurposing Treasured Garments Into Memory Quilts

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Code: 1K00NC

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Quilt by Lauren Kingsland

“Every quilt tells a story and every quilt maker is the storyteller.”

Repurposing fabrics into a quilt evokes the time, place, and wearer of the original garment. The result can be an object of great significance to someone. Lauren Kingsland has created more than 100 quilts for clients from their personal-fabric collections. Spend a day learning how to create your own small T-shirt quilt. After a trunk show featuring Kinglsland’s quilts and a design warm-up, students plan a project, stabilize the shirts, sew them together, and use a quilt-as-you-go technique to complete the project. 

In order to complete the quilt during the marathon, students should bring no more than 6 T-shirts. There will be time during class for questions about larger projects. Some sewing experience and familiarity with your own sewing machine and the rotary cutter is helpful. 

Kingsland’s book The Extraordinary T-shirt Quilt: The Scrapbook You Can Sleep Under is available through Amazon or for purchase at the class.

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One 7-hour session with lunch break (participants provide their own lunch)


S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3031
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)