Quilting Part 1 – cutting fabric – basic from frugal queen on Vimeo.
Hello Dear Reader,
Managed to get home in day light today so I could make another short film. You don’t need much to get quilting, just a cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter. I hope the short clip shows you the basics. I’m making the Blue Ridge Beauty and I’m also going to make a sample quilt just to show you the start to finish process of making a quilt. The thing I love most about quilting is that I not only use bought fabric, but gifted and thrifted fabric. I recently bought pyjamas, shirts and a dressing gown from a local charity shop and after washing and pressing the fabric, I have deconstructed all of it so I can cut it as required at a later date. I have a quilt that is getting past its best and I will use that for quilting too. Any cotton fabric can be used. To my mind a quilt is just about the greenest item any household can have. Not only do they keep us warm, they can hang over curtain rails for winter insulation and extend the life of a sofa and be anything from a play mat for an infant to a shroud for a much loved family member.
According the BBC news today, goods worth £400 million are thrown away each year. Click Here for the report. I find this kind of waste as a total shame. There is no need. To start, ask do I really need to replace this or can it just do for a few years longer. Next, I will always think of how I can adapt an item. I might paint a piece of furniture or change it in some way. I buy the best quality I can afford in the first place and my vacuum cleaner, washing machine and dishwasher have all been repaired more than once. I always prefer to do this than replace. I try to buy everything I can second hand. The only new item of furniture that we have is our bed. Everything else comes from ebay, the freeads or the local auction house. If I want anything decorative then that comes from car boot sales or charity shops. I do everything I can to keep anything out of the council skip. I don’t have much luck with clothes from charity shops but we do take all of our old clothes to charity shops and I certainly buy second hand clothes to use the fabric for quilting. I find it hard to understand why people throw perfectly good items away………..other than for the fact that they can.
Over to you Dear Reader. First of all, let me know if you are enjoying the sewing tutorials. Next, what do you do to save anything and everything from landfill?
As ever, I will be back tomorrow and I will see you then.