Simple Green: Make a Patchwork Quilt

A few months ago, sewing became the new "it" thing in our house. Pillowcases, simple bags, and... well, more pillowcases were sewn with upcycled fabrics. Now we have another goal for our new hobby: making patchworks of any shape and size. The idea came when a favorite shirt with an interesting print on the front became worse for the wear...

Instead of using the shirt for a shop rag, we opted for cutting out our favorite part (it's an eco-message; a celtic-looking tree is surrounded by the words "conserve and protect") and starting a pile of scraps. Once we have enough for a throw, we'll hopefully be advanced enough in the sewing department to put together a convincing quilt. After all, this isn't far off from what grandmothers all over used to do, sewing their own clothes and keeping the scraps to make patchwork quilts.

Do you keep scraps for patchworks? If so, be sure to send some advice our way...

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