Reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s something to aspire to these days. So when I find a quilt top that calls out to me because of it’s design or colors, I buy it, quilt it, bind it, and put it back out into the world. Some of them I sell, some of them I donate. This latest one, called “Old Blues,” is up for sale on my Etsy.com account.
I call these “Re-Quilts” and I love searching for them and then finishing them. Finishing is a really good word in my world! Love to finish stuff! So if you are searching for your next project, and think this might be something you want to do, head over to eBay (that’s where I get most of mine) and see what you can find. It feels really good to finish a quilt top and prepare it for it’s “forever home!”
So this latest dish towel find inspired me with it’s camping theme and wild colors. Oh, and camping is top of mind as I’m continuing to explore camping and learning to backpack (got a new Z-Pack backpack for Christmas!) So this dish towel came home with me. Once home I looked in my stash (yep, pretty large) and wouldn’t you know it I had exactly the fabric I needed. Quilters, that’s why collecting fabrics for many years is a good thing! Don’t let anyone tell you differently! (Yes, my code name is “The Enabler.” And why yes, I DO happen to have a cape!)
Notice the chevron motif printed underneath the camper van, then look at the chevron fabric I used at the top and the bottom…can you imagine a better match? Who knows what quilt shop I purchased that at – could have been in California 30 years ago…could have been up in Washington on a road trip a decade ago…could have been somewhere in Oregon at one of our many wonderful shops. (I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday, let along where I purchased various pieces of fabric.)
After adding the top and bottom chevron fabric, I pieced some chevrons for the sides in matching colors. Yeah, sometimes I CAN get matchy-matchy (but not too often). I haven’t quilted it yet, but it will be something simple. Then it could be framed in an Ikea frame, or I might put a binding on it. Who knows? Each project I make comes together when it comes together. I never know what I’m going to end up with when I start!
I am donating this traditional quilt to Docs for Ducks in Eugene, Oregon. It is 56″ x 56″ and would be a great wall hanging or table topper, or mayber a gift for someone special. This is a fundraiser on September 21st in the Club Room at Autzen Stadium to support the good work of the Cascade Medical Team. Here is a little bit about them:
Our mission is providing free healthcare and health education, where medical services are severely lacking along with supporting community development projects to the impoverished population in the Highlands of Guatemala. Our passion is changing lives.
Check out their website.
And happy quilting!