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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Going Green with Quilting

wool applique
Originally uploaded by jacistuff
Ladies who quilt have a long history of recycling fabrics. Clothes were expensive and when they started wearing out, they didn't go into the trash. Rag rugs and quilts picked up where clothes left off. Repurposing is not a new method.

That tradition is seeing a current resurgence as more and more individuals turn to recycling instead of filling land fills. The Free-Cycle group often aids in this process and provides a free source in the way of clothes, sheets and blankets. These “finds” are morphed into their bare fabrics, added to our own recycled clothes, either too small, too large or just not loved anymore.

The picture here is an example of one such recycled project. Bright, cheery and warm, Jaci’s appliqu├ęd quilt is made from wool suits, cut up and felted in the washer and dryer. I hope her lovely project will inspire someone else to try their hand at some scrap quilting. Grab your old jeans, suits and other clothes and go green with them! Sew a quilt!


Stormee said...

Jaci that is a beautiful quilt.

Dev said...

That is a very beautiful design. It looks like just a applique ralli quilt that made in south Asia.
Good work.

KarenSloan-WallFlowerStudio said...

Such a beautiful quilt. Stunning!

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