Yesterdays Thriftiness is…

today’s sustainability.  

Dictionary.com defines SUSTAINABILITY as 

1. the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed.

2. Environmental Science. the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance

As a relative of mine explained it…thriftiness is the finished or consumable goods and sustainability has to do how you manage the raw goods.

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Grandmother’s Flower Garden

  This wall-hanging was hand pieced and given to me by a friend a few years ago.

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I had one large piece of 100% cotton batting and several smaller pieces of the same batting left from other projects.

To make good use of the “extra” pieces of batting left over from other projects, I use a light interfacing iron on pellon. I cut the interfacing into long strips and iron it onto one side of the “seam” piecing the batting together to the size I need.  I, then, iron the interfacing onto the other side of the batting to hold it in place.

*I don’t recommend using Heat And Bond, because it is too firm and it will gum up the needle on a sewing machine, and any needle used to hand quilt.

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A Close Up Of The Hand Quilting

If you wondering if it is harder to hand quilt in the areas where the seams of the batting meet,  in all honesty, I haven’t had any probably quilting at all. I don’t even notice the seams in the batting at all.

While I’m on a trip, I’m hand quilting this hexagon pieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden in the traditional way, by following the inside of the hexagon with a quilting stitch.

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I really like how this quilt is taking shape.

I think being thrifty comes with being creative and being crafty.  Using all of the materials and all of the supplies I already have in my little cabin for as many projects as I can is something I value.

Happy First Day of March!

~Molly

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