I have been thinking a lot about sustainability and responsibility in making art. Since this is Earth Day weekend, it is a perfect time to reflect and write about these issues. Being responsible in material purchase and use is important to both me and Stephen so we frequently discuss ways that we can better reduce, reuse, recycle, or repurpose. That applies in our processes as well as our products.
This post was written by Mary Elizabeth O’Toole
This week, I am finishing up a lap quilt made with mainly reclaimed materials. I have been saving discarded jeans and other clothes for some time specifically for a project like this one. It is a perfect opportunity to use up some previously ‘well loved’ items that are really too worn for donation.
I had washed all the clothes before putting them in my material stash but I hadn’t cut them because Continue reading Work in Progress: Quilting with Denim
Happy New Year!
As we begin 2016, we’re excited about some ideas that we have been developing. Stay tuned for more soon. Continue reading Wishes and Updates
In the interest of reducing my list of UFOs (unfinished projects) it is time to take out a side table project that I started in the spring. It has been put aside due to lack of workshop room but time to get it out and do some more work to get this off the list. Continue reading Restoration project UFO
My to quilt list includes several new designs for memory quilts. I have some collected materials that I have to prepare for those projects, including a pile of men’s shirts and a bag of ties. I had a few clothing items of Dad’s, some gathered from thrift shops, and some given me by a friend who thought that I could put them to good use. Continue reading Memory Quilts
I’ve been focusing on making bags the past week, trying out a few new patterns and techniques. It felt like a good time to do a number of smaller and relatively quick projects and bags fit the bill since they gave me a chance to do some experimentation. Here are some of the finished projects. Continue reading Bag Blitz
This restoration is unique for us for a couple of reasons: Continue reading On our workbench
I recently finished a restoration project that has been in the queue for a few months. It wasn’t even that big a job but I had put it off to the side several times and decided that it was time to get it off the list and into the finished column. Continue reading Friday finishes
I started this blog with big intentions to post everyday and then read some advice that might be unrealistic and I should start more slowly and ramp-up to daily over time, if at all. I fell into the mire of over-thinking and over planning and, after falling behind in posting, over-analysing how to get back on track. Should I scrap this blog and start fresh with a new, clean slate? Give up on the project and move to other things? Go backwards and try to create additional posts to fill up for lost gaps? Set a schedule of regular posts to move forward with great leaps? Continue reading Blog revisited
Lately it seems social media is full of new projects for using old pallets. Where are people getting all these pallets? It would be great fun to try to recreate some of the many inspiring projects that I keep seeing but I have yet to find a source for pallets that are local, accessible AND reasonably priced (needless to say, free would be even better). Of course, the current lack of pallets doesn’t stop me from bookmarking, pinning and posting all sorts of ideas to put in the ‘try someday’ files. Continue reading Furniture from found items