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Our Save My Oceans Upcycle contest is winding down this week, and if you still want a chance to win an iPad, it’s time to submit your entries. Read all about the contest and join the contest Flickr group over on the main contest page. Our last little bit of upcycled plastic inspiration comes from the International Plastic Quilt that was on display at Maker Faire. The project, created by Cheryl Lohrmann, is part of the Create Plenty organization, and aims to make people more aware of the amount of plastic that comes in to their daily lives. Participants are challenged to live 90 days plastic-free and then make a 12″X12″ quilt square with the plastic that invariably makes it in to their lives anyway. The group had several quilt blocks on display, including the one pictured above that was made from pieces of plastic drinking straws worked into a mosaic. You can see more pictures of the quilt over on my Flickr stream.

Rachel Hobson

Rachel Hobson

Rachel Hobson is a writer, editor and social media enthusiast with a background in the DIY/Maker and science/geek communities. She’s also a life-long space geek, and enjoys living five minutes from Houston’s Johnson Space Center where she can get her fill of rockets any time she pleases. Her hobbies include hand embroidery, modern quilting and all things Lego.