The ‘Nothing is Wasted’ Collection

The antique quilt blocks used in this collection of quilts are from Western Pennsylvania. For over 20 years, I’ve been moving them around from the East Coast to the West Coast, from room to room.  Recently, I moved them from a closet to my cabin.   It was time for these blocks to be turned into quilt tops.

P1150743 Taking a step back, I want to share the inspiration for these quilts.  In the Gospel of John in Chapter 6, the story of the young boy and the loaves and the fish can be found.  Taking 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, Jesus performed the miracle of feeding 5,000 people. Afterwards, in John 6:13, Jesus says to the disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”  I remember one pastor saying, in his hands 5 loaves of bread and the 2 fish would be fish sandwiches.


I grouped the blocks by a common shade of color. I put the largest block in the middle and built the top around it.


I like how this black and white little top looks.


The fourth top is in progress on the felt wall.  I will be sewing it together soon.

P.S. There is this passage in 1 Peter 3:8, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”  Likewise, when it comes to making quilts, the quilting of the blanket covers a multitude of sewing sins.

Happy Wednesday!


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