Happy Earth Day!

Posted by Deirdre Quirk on Apr 22nd 2019

Not only is it National Craft Book Week, today is also Earth Day! Earth Day champions environmental protection and preservation of the beautiful world we live in. In many ways, sewing and quilting (especially scrap quilting!) are inherently environmentally conscious; rather than buying mass-produced items that will inevitably end up in a landfill, sewists invest their time in creating handmade quilts, clothing, and home decor that are built to last. 

In Modern Memory Quilts, Suzanne Paquette shows you how to combine old clothing (including baby clothes, like in the quilt above!) with quilter's cotton to create absolutely darling quilts. 

Rather than tossing out old T-shirts or letting them gather dust in a closet somewhere, repurpose them into striking, modern quilts with The T-Shirt Quilt Book

Neckties can be a tricky material to work with, but Christine Copenhaver makes it look easy in Necktie Quilts Reinvented. You'll be scouring thrift stores for stylish ties! 

While you could make any of the projects in Wool Appliqué Folk Art with store-bought wool, author Rebekah L. Smith encourages readers to repurpose wool from old clothing and make use of wool scraps. 

Scrap quilting is the original green quilting, but Bonnie K. Hunter takes it a step further in Scraps & Shirttails by incorporating cotton clothing like button-down shirts!

And finally, if you tend to accumulate buttons, beads, and other trinkets, Crazy-Quilted Memories is the book for you. 

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