Friday, March 28, 2008

What quilt is hiding in your scrap basket?

Before the week entirely slips away I wanted to thank Dawn at Quilts and Pieces for the amazing prize package she sent me in the giveaway for reaching her 500th post. I no sooner opened the package when my daughter who was sitting nearby grabbed the quilt and claimed it as "hers" and my son opened the chocolate bar and asked if I wanted a piece.

Dawn sent the adorable little quilt, a wonderful needle book with big roomy pockets with snips and thread already tucked inside, a note pad, a very sweet quilt pattern with dolls on it, a chocolate bar as well as a kit for a Little Churn Dash quilt in my favorite colors. I can't wait to get the kit started, I have just the spot in mind to hang it. Thank you Dawn! Her blog was one of the first quilting blogs that I discovered when I learned about blogging last spring. I always enjoy visiting and seeing what she is working on.

I was up late last night working on finishing the baby quilt for my husband to give to his coworker who is expecting a baby boy next month. I wanted to make a quilt that he wouldn't grow out of too quickly or be too babyish. I thought about the quilt I would make if I were going to bring home a new baby. Knowing how my own children carried their quilts everywhere I wanted something that wouldn't turn grey with age. The pattern idea came from a doll quilt in the book American Doll Quilts by Kathleen Tracy. The quilt pattern in her book is called Underground Railroad. The doll quilt finishes at 19 x 25." By adding more blocks I was able to come up with a quilt that be a nice size for snuggling.

The fabrics for the four patches were all taken from my scrap basket. When my husband saw the finished top this morning, he told me that it was far more work than he imagined and that if I wanted to keep this quilt I could. He suggested that I "whip up" a second quilt with brown and blue 4" blocks, something that wouldn't take as much time. What a sweetie...what was that about honor and obey... I've already cut the blocks out.

If there really were such things as ghosts, perhaps it wouldn't be such a bad thing....

especially if they went around looking like this!

I did the math one day and thought about the number
of paper products that we use for a few minutes and then head to the landfill.
For our 4 person family:

10 napkins each day x 365 days = 3,650 paper napkins each year

By the time mine son goes off to college when he turns 18, we will have thrown away 65,700 paper napkins. It's time I start making a few more extra cotton cloth napkins. We have a small supply now, but with two small children we could always use a few extras. Cloth napkins take no time to stitch up and if you need a tutorial then go here. She shows wonderful photos of mitering a corner. The only thing I would do differently is rotary cutting of the pieces.

My son found this fabric at the shop that is going out of business. All of the fabric has been marked down to 50% off. Most of the fabric has been pretty picked over, and I can't imagine why they had almost a whole bolt of this chicken fabric.

My next thing to eliminate is plastic baggies. I have some homespun and I am going to try a couple of ideas for reusable snack bags. My children eat pretzels and I won't have to worry about the grease staining the fabrics.

One hundred years ago, how did people store or take food with them when they traveled?
When did people begin to use paper bags for storage? When did they switch to plastic?
What could we use instead?