Thursday, August 28, 2008

Welcome to Green Quilting!

And we're off!  I hope you'll enjoy my journey into the world of eco-friendly quilting.  As I look around my studio, I realize that I have a problem.  I'm a fabric-ruler-pattern-quilt book-notion-thread-aholic.  If it's new, I want it.  I rarely buy new clothes, but I can drop a few hundred dollars at a quilt shop without blinking an eye.

Since I'm only a few days into my journey as an empty nester (the youngest just moved out of state for college), I thought this new phase of my life would lend itself well to GREEN QUILTING.  What is green quilting?  Basically, it's using what you already have.  It's making do.  It's being creative by using things in different ways.  And it's about making beautiful quilts.

My goal with Green Quilting is as follows:
1.  For one entire year, I will not buy any new fabric, books, rulers, etc., for my quilting.
2.  The only items I'm allowing myself to buy as needed, are machine needles, thread, and rotary blades.  When I do so, I promise to report these purchases here!
3.  In addition to making use of my stash, I pledge to use other recycled items in my art quilts.

So join the bandwagon!  This is our chance, quilters, to make a difference in the world, in our own small way.


Lisa A said...

Hear, hear! I had pledged not to buy any fabric for the rest of the year, but I'm going to try for a whole year, too. No books or patterns either. Only necessary supplies and gifts.

jano said...

Go for it, girl!! I tried not to buy any fabric last year, but didn't succeed!! I did manage to finish a lot of projects I had started. That's my main goal this year. I will promise to do my best not to buy any more fabric, books, etc after I buy the fabric necessary to finish some Christmas projects that I have started. What shade of green will that make me?????

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I truly need to join you in this pledge. My sewing room is packed with more fabric, books, patterns, and do-dads than I could ever live long enough to use. Maybe I'll be inspired by you. Let's hope.

Just Jenn said...

I quit my job in June to become a full time stay at home mom - so there goes the extra $$ for fabric, magazines and notions! (The horror - lol) I'm with you on this journey. It'll be good for the earth, good for me (one must be more creative) and good for getting quilts done! Less time shopping = more time quilting. ;^)

Maybe if you get stuck you could get involved in a fabric swap? It's like getting new fabric you don't have to pay for!