Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Something For Nothing Quilt

Well, almost nothing - it did require my time, but otherwise, this string quilt is all of scraps that otherwise would have been tossed, leftovers and donations. I actually pieced and quilted it last year, set it aside for more pressing things and never got back to it until this week. I was jolted out of my inertia by a notice that Quilters Newsletter will be collecting quilts until April 30 to be sent to Japan (for more info follow this link). Good enough for me.

I save strips of fabric at least an inch wide for these quilts and foundation piece them over newsprint that wrapped my possessions for safe transit the last couple of moves. The border is fabric I bought for a charity challenge with a heart theme - yes, it has hearts on it and they are just not my usual thing so I was glad this quilt nearly finished off what was left. The batting was excess trimmed off a guild charity quilt and was headed for the trash until I retrieved it - I had to butt several pieces together to make it wide enough but it worked. The backing is some chambray my mother-in-law passed along when cleaning out her sewing stuff. I nearly passed it on as well until I realized it would work fine on the back of this quilt. The quilting thread is also from my mother-in-law. The binding is from my shoebox of leftover 2 inch strips, some of it tail ends of actual binding, others just 2 inch wide strips from other projects.

"Make it do, wear it out, use it up or do without."


Sherrie Spangler said...

This is a striking quilt! I've always loved that diamond design.

Olga said...

It is such a satisfying exercise to produce something so useful and beautiful from 'nothing' as you say. It is good to be reminded from time to time what quilts really represented.