For anyone who has read my blog for more than a month….you KNOW how I am loving the book by Sherri Lynn Wood called Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Many many books have been purchased over the years and thumbed through once or twice and then put on a shelf. This book is something I pick up weekly (sometimes daily). Although it has techniques in it – it’s NOT a technique book. It’s more an idea book. An inspiration book. I think it’s one of the only books I’ve read that includes the spiritual aspect of quilting in it (and yes, I know that sounds kinda weird!).
ANYWAY….Sherri has been doing this artist residency at the San Francisco tip (dump). It’s a 4 month program called **Recology** where she digs through the dump and reclaims items that will eventually be used to make several quilts. 90% of the quilts need to come from the dump (we’re talking top, batting, backing, thread, etc). These quilts will eventually be in an art display. Here is a link to a video about it: Recology
Sherri has issued a challenge (and giveaway for those that are interested in acquiring more stuff) for every quilter to make 1 quilt of reclaimed fabric/textiles over the next year. Details are on her blog.
Here is a quote from her blog post: “Did you know that a significant percentage of the stuff that goes into landfills is discarded clothing and textiles? Textile waste is a huge problem which will require changes from how the industry runs business to how we run our homes. If every one of the 16 million occasional quilt makers or 1 million active quilt makers in the US made one quilt a year from discarded clothing and linens, imagine how many pounds of material waste would be spared from the landfill.”
I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I’m totally 100% in on this challenge. I have two ideas for this quilt. My first idea is to ask my peeps for a floral or striped blouse (cotton if possible) that is taking up space in their closet or that they would be giving to Goodwill/Vinnies. The other idea is to have my quilt peeps give me a chunk of scrap or unloved fabric. Whichever idea I go with – I’m going to make the quilt and then donate it to charity. I’m pretty sure I’ll be using improv-style piecing (go figure, eh?!).