Melissa Lewis--Second Life Fiber Art
Quilted Lace

The Story of Quilted Lace

Inspired by an avid recycler friend (Marilyn Sobanski of Rainbow Recycling in Black Mountain, NC) I challenged myself to use every last scrap of fabric at the end of a project. As the pieces got smaller and smaller, the work got more and more fun and interesting, resulting in an improvisational open-work process I call Quilted Lace.

(For other examples of getting the most creativity out of your materials, click on the .pdf article Quilting Til There Ain't Nothin' Left.  Article will open in a new tab.)

The Marilyn Effect

The Marilyn Effect--Tiny leftover scraps of fabric were layered, quilted, cut out, edged, stitched together and floated over & outside of background. (27"x24")

The Marilyn Effect II

The Marilyn Effect II--Many of the fabrics I use come from thrift shops. If you've ever donated colorful cotton clothing to charity, take a good look. You might see an old friend! (30"x28")

The Marilyn Effect II-Detail

The Marilyn Effect II  (Detail)

Quilted Lace Original

Quilted Lace--Leftover scraps from The Marilyn Effect circles were combined into open-work quilted lace. (20"x16)

Quilted Lace II

Quilted Lace II--Floated above background, framed. (13"x27")

Autumn Lace

Autumn Lace--Floated above background, framed. (30"x24")

Quilted Lace

Quilted Lace III--Suspended in custom wooden frame. (50"x20"x1")


Mobius--Three-dimensional quilted lace fabric sculpture, mounted and framed. (16"x13"x2")


Mobius II--Fabric sculpture, can be mounted and/or framed. (24"x26"x4")

Mobius Mobius

Reversible Clergy Stole--Autumn and Spring sides. (50" from back of neck to bottom edge)


Bamboo Banner (16"x11"x4")


Quilted Lace Candle Holders

Quilted Lace Ornaments

Quilted Lace Ornaments--or as some have described them, alien alphabet letters.
(approx. 4"x4")

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