Yes you read that right! I watched a show on TV last week about Canada sending its plastic waste to third world countries for them to deal with. I was horrified and embarrassed to know how our politicians are dealing with it…. basically not! How can I as a quilter be more environmentally friendly?
I am passionate about using my old stash and hopefully modernizing it to make it more appealing. I am trying not to impulse buy; we all have too much stash! This leads to how you can help. On my work order/ invoice there is a small box to click; it says “I would like to donate my batting strips that are less than 10” please click that box. I in turn donate the batting strips to Carmen a fellow guild member who makes many contributions to the Community Quilt Program. Carmen makes a lot of quilts in the “Quilt as You Go” method. This is what Carmen does with the batting leftovers, she accepts strips as narrow as 3″ wide.
Here are a few of the resulting quilts that were made by Carmen. These will all be donated to various agencies/shelters in Toronto. I am sure that her quilts have warmed many hearts over the years. The blocks in this quilt are 18″ square and still need to be assembled into a queen size quilt.
Sometimes Carmen assembles your long batting strips into a braided design.
Her latest project has been donated to a Ukrainian refugee family.
For years I have been donating my (and other quilters) leftover bits to schools for art programs. I am doubling down on making sure even the smaller bits of fabric go to a dog bed program. I now keep a small paper bag nearby and put the tiny bits in it. I surprised myself to fill it 2 times in as many weeks. Please join me in helping to control our waste. Every bit helps!
I love helping you finish your quilts and am always available for advice to help you with your bring your projects to the finished stage.