This one is for the dogs. Literally.
Don’t throw away all those scraps! This is one of the reasons that quilters have been referred to as ‘the original recyclers.’ I have leftover fleece (from making scarves for Christmas), leftover batting scraps (from making quilts), cotton fabrics (also from making quilts), and leftover binding pieces (also from making quilts).
So, what to do with all those scraps? Make crate comforters for dog rescues and shelters. All dogs deserve to have their own little quilt. These are put in their crate to give some warmth and comfort. That’s probably how these got their name! When a dog is adopted, this little quilt goes with them to help ease the transition into their new home. Awww….. how cute is that?
Any shelter will gladly accept these crate comforters made from any of these materials and made in any size. So to all my quilting friends out there, put your scraps to good use and give them to the dogs.
What a fun project!
Here is a fun little project – a mug rug.
I bought a fabric panel that had several of these ‘wine squares’ on it. I couldn’t resist buying it, but then what to do with them? Someone gave me some cloth napkins (thanks Lavon!) and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with those either. So, combine them!
The result is a mug rug, or in this case, a wine rug. If you don’t know what a mug rug is, think of it as a quilted placemat to set your mug of coffee or a glass of wine or your drink of choice and perhaps a snack. In this case, I returned this gift to the giver.
Many, many years ago I made my niece, Alissa, a log cabin quilt. She used and loved this quilt until there wasn’t much left of it. Literally. I won’t post a picture of that because it’s almost heartbreaking. She gave this quilt back to me in hopes that I can do something with it.
It just so happens that I did something with that tattered quilt.
She just got married last month and for her bridal shower present I presented her with this unique gift. I found three different picture frames (from Goodwill) and painted and stained them to give them a worn look. I cut out three reasonably good pieces of the quilt and put them in the frames. This is a wonderful way to remember that beloved quilt. (sorry about the light glare on the center frame)
I’m hoping she’ll love them for many years to come.
My friend, Jill, came to visit a couple weeks ago and naturally we talked about quilts. It turns out she has several quilts, some handed down from her family and some she purchased at estate auctions. Guess what? None of them has a label! Oh this cannot go on! We pulled out my label making box and we made labels, lots of labels.
Now that was fun! I sent her home with a Ziploc baggie of labels and now as she puts each quilt back in her closet (each inside a pillowcase) she will sew a label on each one.
Every quilt deserves a label no matter if you made it, your grandma made it, or you purchased it at an auction or garage sale. Most of the ones above were made from a printed panel that you simple cut apart or you can make your very own. Who made it? Who is it made for? Occasion? Year? Because, who knows where this quilt will end up in 20, 30, or 40 years from now? Every quilt has a story to tell – so tell it.