Thursday, March 28, 2019

Rescued Fabric


After the Quilt Show I went back to the Fair grounds the next day to turn in the keys and pick up some boxes of old magazines that did not sell at the Flea Market to take to the recycle.    There were also about a dozen  garbage bags filled mostly with fabric that did not sell.  These were set out for the Fairgrounds people to dispose of.  But being the scrounger I am, I took about half of these bags to sort. I was curious to see what was left and what might still be useful.  Maybe there are better ways to pre-sort our donations and give certain items away rather than taking up space in the Flea Market booth.

I sorted out two boxes of decent garment yardage that the Grey Bears thrift store, were happy to take.  And another box of cotton fabric that I think the members of the Guild would be happy to adopt.  And then there were a whole lot of scraps.  Scraps are kind of a hard sell for most shoppers.  Time consuming to sort through and not nearly as satisfying as picking up a whole piece of yardage.  I have not quite figured out what to do with them yet...

In the course of my sorting I found these "pre-cut" pieces of raw silk.  I thought I might play around with them.
 
I decided to use them as is, just make squares and rectangles with the shapes available. 

With as little squaring-up as possible this was the result:
I have not quite figured out the outer border.  I might have to dip into my stash to finish it off.
Not bad for a bunch of scraps that were headed for the land fill?!
Happy Weekend!
cheers, CW




6 comments:

  1. Wow, Claire. Leave it to you to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Not that raw silk is a sow's ear, but mostly the fact that these were headed for the trash. Unbelievable what people disregard as trash. Maybe that should be a challenge for next year's quilt fair!

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    1. Thanks Sandy! It would be an interesting Challenge. When I did the Renew, Reuse, Recycle challenge several years ago it was pretty popular. I might volunteer to do the challenge....maybe....

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  2. I would find it hard to leave the fabric without taking a look through too. Your silk project is looking very interesting already!

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    1. I did kinda poke around and make sure I got bags that had potential. It was hard to leave some but I was pressed for time. oh well what I picked through was fun!

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  3. Good save!!! If you have a Lutheran church around that makes quilts for Lutheran World Relief, they take ANY fabric and turn it into quilts to be given away world wide. If you have anything headed for the landfill that your quilting group doesn't want, I hope you can find another group to use it.

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  4. Thanks for the tip. I will check out the Lutheran Church in my area!

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