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The Recycled Love

Good Morning to you all, here is an update to the 03/29/18 post Recycled Love (“What’s On My Lap” and Artist Statements, Part III) .

I finished the piece made from recycled textiles (clothing, home decor, manufacturing samples, hand-dyed silk samples, etc.) for our local art group’s annual show with the theme “The Threads that Bind” – The Recycled Love. The 03/29/18 post provides details of the 8 types of recycled fibers that are contained in the piece and my musing on writing the Artist Statement for this piece.

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The Recycled Love (2018) by Tierney Davis Hogan

Here is my finalized Artist Statement for the piece:

The first law of thermodynamics states that the total amount of energy in a system cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another. A quilt is made from changing the existing “love energy” from the quilt maker’s heart into a pieced textile; ultimately recycling that love energy into the quilt’s recipient heart

I think this piece is a better option than those materials ending up in a landfill.


My long time blogging buddies really inspire me such as Claire @knitNkwilt with her social justice and charity works, Cindy @inastitchquilting (A Quilter’s Corner) with the inspirational quotes she posts, and Melanie @catbirdquilts with her insightful musings.

I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness lately. With all that is going on in our world, each day I think about intentionally filling my heart with as much kindness and empathy as it can hold.

I came across this simple quote a week or so ago. I do not know who to credit with it so I will just post it as I found it:


I cannot give everyone in the world who is hurting a quilt but I can send them some virtual “recycled love” from my heart.


19 thoughts on “The Recycled Love”

  1. Beautiful work
    Beautiful message
    If everyone would just stop, think, and be kind, we could get through the scary world affairs in which we find ourselves.
    “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

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    1. Thanks and I am still laughing over the Kiwi dress in your post – you could recycle that into something interesting (that is if you do not decided to wear it to a special festive event!) 🙂


      1. Ohhhhhh, I’m not sure I could take the kiwi dress apart… Even though I have kept it for 20+ years (eeeeeek!) I’ll probably hold onto it a little while longer! I think the design might make a fun throw pillow or something though – I might have to crack out the sewing machine later for some experiments! 🤔

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  2. Beautiful quilt! I like how your statement speaks about the self-sustaining qualities of love and quilting. That is so beautiful and gorgeous. Thank you for this uplifting message! 🙂

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