Saturday, December 20, 2008

Quilters Have Always Been Green

From the selvage edge, to 1 1/2" squares, to small bits of fabric (called "crumbs"), quilters have found ways to use every half square inch of fabric. Even the cutoff thread pieces have their own collection container. It's really cute and holds the very last threads of every project.

I just discovered the site that proves that this completes the challenge to make fabric greener.

The photo above is the first paper-pieced quilt square I've ever attempted. After posting it to my blog, I realized there was a couple of small places where the raw edges show. And the grape jelly that of course landed right in the middle. It's pieces of fabric stitched onto a dryer sheet. It's then padded and makes a finished potholder.
This inspiring and informative site will show you how every square inch of fabric can be used. Even if it's not for a human, small pet quilts can be made from that fabric that is actually not a quality to use on a timeless quilt.

If you can sew a straight line either by hand or with a sewing machine or serger, you can create the most beautiful works of art from all over the world.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sugar Sacks

How to turn an empty sugar sack into a variety of decorative and useful containers. As soon as I get back to that corner of my storage closet, I'm going to photograph these fun paper mache' project with instructions and ideas.

This would make a great school or camp project, and the smallest to the oldest can enjoy this basic technique.