Hey Gang...I've been working back and forth with my editor on how to best get the recycling theme through the book with applying to every day life,not just to quilts from recycled clothing.
I have this idea of with every quilt page having a little "pop up message" (message in a box) with a different earth-friendly tip from quilters.
Some things I have come up with, besides the obvious....are the fact that I'm not going to buy bottled water anymore. I'll keep some bottles on hand to refill, but I don't like these bottles filling up the landfill.
I have ideas for hints using batting scraps in cleaning, dusting etc. Can anyone add their ideas and what they personally do?
I have a little page about ways to piece batting scraps and use them in quilts.
Does anyone make dog/cat beds with their smallest strips and scraps and donate them to animal shelters? Would you write me about what you do? How big,how full, what goes into it, etc?
I would love to know what anyone is doing with selveges other than quilts. After being shown really cute baskets at a couple of classes...oh my. Here *IS* something I've been throwing away. 1/2" strips! Who would have thought. (No, I'm not going there...at least....well, maybe!)
Are there items you have made that are NOT quilts that could be considered earth and recycle friendly?
(Please,no beer can crocheted hats...remember those?! *LOL* or crocheted bread bag stories..those are just...hmmmmm...*LOL*)
We are not only quilters, but we are home makers and wives and daughters and sisters and friends....as an earth concious quilter, what are you implementing in your daily life?
My book is also going to include some simple patterns and ideas for cloth grocery sacks. I'm using the top part of a pair of recycled jeans for this project..it's cute!
I know you are waiting for step 2 of OC...I have tonight dedicated to finishing up the pdf file and getting it out to you.
For instance, I wash zip loc bags again and again. I buy ONLY the freezer bags because they are heavier, more washable and a better value than the flimsy ones that get thrown out "too soon". I use zip locs a lot in my quilting as well...
What do you do??
What do you guys think?
I'll submit them to my editor with your name, city and state, so please include that info in your email/comment!