For years now I have made quilts for all the marines, and it was not until recently that some of them started falling apart. I was in shock.
I had bought the same batting that I had always used. Then it hit me. The price of batting kept going up but I was getting shitter quality of batting. I must look for something else.
So I went on a quest for different types of batting. I found that if you are making a small blanket that you can use towels instead of traditional batting. Some people use flannel as a batting.
As I finished up the never ending cat quilt I went to the fabric store to look at some different batting. I found bamboo batting. It was rather expensive, but it was 50% off, so I took a chance and bought two rolls of it.
I love this stuff! It is so soft, very thin, yet warm, and very durable. This was not what I expected from something made from a grass. I love it! I will defiantly use it all the time. It may be more expensive but it is of highest quality.
Bamboo grows faster then most other plant's and the batting made from bamboo is a lot more natural then the other stuff I was using.
I am a material whore. I love material and if I could live in the fabric department I would! However material can be very expensive, so I have to watch myself. I have cleaned out my material stash and got it all organized, so that way I know exactly what I have.
I am currently working on another quilt for a marine. I decided to make his quilt very ecliptic. I am using like material to path them together to make a nice quilt. I also cut extra because I needed to make a baby boy quilt. I let Nikki and her friend Hope lay everything out and they got to choose the pattern.
Then I came across a lady getting rid of a trash bag full of top sheets that she had never used! Score! I am now using them as the back of the quilt. I love recycling old stuff into new stuff.
This has been a great journey for me. In an effort to save some money, but yet have quality quilts I have become an eco quilter. Is there such a thing?
some other things I did this week were:
1. I reused old gift cards. I just went and added money to them so I would not have to purchase another piece of plastic.
2. All the boxes I have been saving are going to a new home. I found someone who needed moving boxes.
3. I pulled a big envelope out of the trash, and I am reusing it to keep all of our tax stuff in.
4. I am going to cut off two pairs of Ryan's pants and make them into shorts for him.
5. I have been cutting my scrapes into 4 inch squares, and I am going to give them as a Christmas gift to another quilter.
Now it is your turn. Share with me some of the things you have done this week, or ask me a question!