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from plastic waste to

A R T   Q U I L T

We Are In This Together was installed at the Academy of Arts and Academics on Earth Day, April 22, 2021

You are invited to create,
while staying home, 
an 8”x8” or 16”x16”
square piece of plastic
"quilt block” to be joined with many others to
make a community
Plastic Art Quilt.

P  L  A  S  T  I  C    A R T    Q U I L T 


The finished size we are aiming for is 35ft wide x 15ft tall. You may make as many blocks as you like. ANYONE can make them! Simply select the colors and images you like, cut, and put together. You may put your plastic pieces together with packing tape, with a sewing machine, or by slow stitching with a needle and thread. Your quilt block should NOT be mounted on board and must remain pliable. To use them in the making of this quilt, bags must be clean and free of grease or food debris. See other samples images below.

When finished with your piece, fold and put into an envelope, or roll and put into a tube, and mail to

Helen Liu, c/o P. O. Box 5056, Eugene, OR 97405, USA.

Project dates: April 22, 2020 through Earth Day, 2021.


Questions? Please write to me at

This giant art quilt will go on display in downtown Springfield, Oregon when it is safe to gather in CELEBRATION!!



I want to recognize all those who contributed to this community plastic art quilt by collecting their plastic trash and making one or more quilt blocks for this crazy quilt!

(in alphabetical order, from Eugene/Springfield area unless otherwise noted. Sincere apologies if I missed anyone. Please notify me by sending me a note.)

Diane Bray (Ohio)

Michele Bulgatz

Denise Burns

Tina Curran (Los Angeles)

Kam Chee Chan

Scott Crowell

Barbara Dumesnil

Abby Gershenzon

Melissa Green

Bev Hemming (England)

Karen Januszewski 

Sigrid R. Jones 

Lisa Kelm

Kristin King

Molly Markarian

Aviva Nizani (Los Angeles)

Georgia Quick

Kristi Sakai

Chris Spix (Portland)

These people contributed plastic bags:

Simone Castillo

Carmelita Cross

Camilla Fortune

Robin O'Gara

Laura Wayte


In celebration of Earth Day 2020, and through a grant from the Springfield Arts Commission
I am inviting folks in the community
to help create a giant “art quilt” made with waste plastic bags, while staying at home. (Project date: due to Covid, now extended to Earth Day 2021.)


Potential art material can be found in bags that contain potato chips, granola bars, coffee, animal food, candy and many other items commonly found in your household!


These bags are generally NOT able to be recycled and have to go into the trash. These are the very bags we want for our project!! 

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