Repurposing Repurposed Guatemalan Clothes and What Nots

A couple of weekends ago we went to an arts & craft fair in our neighborhood.  We’ve been each year for the past few years and it is always such fun.

There are so many different artists with all sorts of unique, handmade goodies.  One man had a unique design for kaleidoscopes and we really enjoyed checking those out.  There was also the crepe booth where we demolished a fantastic buckwheat crepe with swiss cheese and green onions – that was soooo yummy!  I could eat that everyday 🙂

One of my favorites was my friend Sondra’s booth because that’s where she showcases all of her fiber art.  Her focus is on fabric dolls and this year she added small wall hangings.  (Sondra is the one who does all the neat quilting on my quilts.)  Here is the little wall hanging I bought – love the colors and design.


As we were coming to the last group of booths, my eye was immediately caught by some really special fabrics.  A woman had purchased loads of Guatemalan shirts, mats and vests and had repurposed them into tablecloths, cloth napkins, jackets and purses.

The tablecloths and napkins really grabbed my attention.  The colors were rich and gorgeous and they felt so soft.  I was quite taken.  I bought a large tablecloth and 3 sets of napkins.  I was already starting to visualize a quilt.

As it happened, I also received a small order of solids in the mail that same day.  The Guatemalan fabrics and solids looked really nice together and I couldn’t wait to start cutting!


I think if I stayed in her booth any longer, I would have bought even more!  I kind of wish I had actually!!

Anyway, I have finished the main part of the quilt.  I love the colors!  I am working on the border now.  I’m trying to figure out how to do several types of blocks for the border because making 44 of anything that has to be about the same is quite boring 🙂

Here is a close up so you can see the fabrics.  I love them!


Here is the main part of the quilt so far.


Now – it’s back to work on the border pieces 🙂


6 thoughts on “Repurposing Repurposed Guatemalan Clothes and What Nots

    1. Hi Yvonne – thanks 🙂 I really wish I had bought more!! The fabrics are so soft and I love the colors. At least I thought to pick up her business card – so you never know 🙂

    1. Thanks Karen! The colors are different than I usually work with and that made it even more fun to play with. I was pleasantly surprised that the fabrics did not fray when I cut them.

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