Monday, August 15, 2011

Victory Girls and More

(Scrap drive in the 1940's. Everyone pitched in. )

It's feast or famine here at M&S. Day or weeks with nothing except pictures of my groceries, and then everything kind of hits at once. I'll probably have a few more posts this week.

First of all here are a couple more sneak peeks at Victory Girls...
I'll post some more later this week. This quilt, the rugs and several more quilts will be in the Kansas City Star booth at International Quilt Market in Houston in 2 months. Seems like a long time doesn't it? I guess it does unless of course you have to make things to show there - then it's all about time management from now until then. We have just started CRUNCH time here as we just heard our new fabric is on it's way. The new patterns are being designed and proofread. But - more about that later, too. Oh, there will be a Moda Designer Blog Hop coming up shortly too.

Right now we are awaiting the delivery of American Banner Rose fabric to all your favorite quilt shops. I am hearing that it will be very early in September that the yardage will start shipping.

In anticipation of that we have some pre-cuts that will get you started......

(Thanks Camille Roskelley for this photo!)

Just comment here on your favorite recycling tips, be it paper drives, canning, or whatever. We all could stand to recycle more. Make your comment before Midnight, Thursday August 18th and you could get a fat 1/8 bundle, a Jelly Roll™ or other goodies. Thanks!

Laurie



153 comments:

WoolenSails said...

I have the jelly roll I won from you, so glad to see some projects with the new fabric. Still haven't decided how to use it, so enjoying seeing it in your new projects.

I got your older book from library with the arks, really love that one, but need larger cuts for that, so someday I will have to make that one.

Debbie

Kelly L. said...

I'm a huge recycler and we can recycle 1-7 plastics in my community. So I was very pleased to see that some of the plastic hangers from Walmart now have recycling numbers on them so it just goes to show that you need to check all plastics before you throw them in the trash for recycling numbers.

Megan said...

I save all our vegetable trimmings (the ends of broccoli and asparagus stalks, onion ends, stems from herbs, etc.) in a bag in the freezer to make vegetable broth once a month or so. I also started our first compost bin a couple of weeks ago. It stinks to high heaven, but we have a lot less kitchen trash.

Donna said...

Recycling, as I'm planning to down sizing, means taking usable quilt fabric scraps to our Guild sharing table for each meeting. I'm happy that there's never anything to take back home at the end of the meetings. That's helpful recycling for sure.

Janet said...

I do recycle but it's not my favorite thing to do. I do like using the compost that gets made by recycling kitchen scraps - the flowers seem to like it too :0) I can't wait to see more of your new line and peeks from your new book!

Monica said...

I am a big recycler. We do all the usual recycling...paper, plastic, tin, and aluminum. I always try to take a tote with me everywhere I go so I don't have to take the plastic grocery sacks. But I do save those when I get them and I recycle them and take them to WalMart. Another thing I don't do anymore is buy bottled water. Instead I use insulated Tervis cups with lids. They're portable and reusable and you can get just about anywhere to fill it for you instead of taking their cup or glass.

Elizabeth Ann said...

Beautiful new fabric! We recycle plastic and when we get moved tomorrow I am starting a compost pile. Congratulations on your new line of fabric.

Nancy E said...

I have recycled for almost 40 years. I tried to reuse what ever I can and I compost. Each week I only have a small bag of garbage. I don't understand why neighbors garage cans are overflowing .... why don't they recycle?

Love your fabric lines!

Caroline in NH said...

My favorite recycling tip is the reason we have chickens - almost any leftovers, with very few exceptions, get shared with the chickens and recycled into eggs! :D

taylorsoutback said...

Oh be still my heart - such lovely new fabric...September seems so far away!
We are big time recyclers - mandated by the County. Required bins are lined up in the garage. Am finding a number of things usable in the garden and potting shed - even our old rustic mail box post which will be a plant stand for next summer's herb garden. I reuse larger plastic pots from the greenhouses to protect young seedlings in the spring...cut out the bottoms and place the large ring over the plant. Saves on having to purchase commercial hot caps, etc. More money for flowers and fabrics!

Anonymous said...

We are big recycle buffs in our house. My fav-when I receive a greeting card, I will send the front of the card out as a postcard. My biggest env pet peeve are the water bottles. We never purchase bottled water.

Beautiful fabric, I truly love it.
k in mn
email: patpatkay@yahoo.com

DebrafromMD said...

We recycle everything. Fortunately, our county has a wonderful curbside recycling program. Food scraps go into the compost bin. We use our own bags to bring home our purchases. I recycle all my smallest pieces of quilting fabric, batting and threads too; these bits get saved in a special container and used to stuff pillow cases for pet beds which are donated to the local shelter. We try to generate as little waste as possible.

mamabug said...

I like to recycle. I believe we need to do what we can. I just recycled some clothing items by giving them to a dear friend that needs a leg up. I am also so thankful for being able to recycle my papers and magazines :) I'm still working on a stubborn husband to do his share though!!! ( he is getting better though)

peggy said...

Classroom recycling is a really good way to benefit environment and students. Kids get points for bringing in recyclables to spend on 'prizes' and also the money earned is spent as voted on by the class.

Janelle J said...

I'm a big fan of recycling! We have a garbage and recycle can in our kitchen and it's amazing how much faster our recycle one fills up. I also try to re-use as much as possible. Good boxes, packing peanuts,jars, the blank back sides of papers are scratch paper. Then after a few uses it can all be recycled!

JoAnne said...

We have curbside recycling so I always do what I can in that respect. I carry my own shopping bags and I try to take any and all discarded (from my home) to thrift shops. I'm really trying these days to just not bring the stuff into the house in the first place, if possible. I love the fabric, btw, and the new book!!! It reminds me of my grandparents--my gpa could fight in the war, so they moved off the farm to Omaha where he worked in a bomber factory and my grandma got a job in a service station!

Becky S. said...

OOOH, I would love to win one of your American Banner Rose goodies for my birthday this week!
I try to recycle everything possible. Most things I can put out for curbside pick-up. Plastic bags and #5 plastic I take to Whole Foods and hard plastic lids can be recycled at Aveda stores. Using cloth grocery bags really cuts down on plastic too.
Thanks so much for the chance to win.

Kathy said...

Great fabrics!

We recycle everything, and our city makes it easy - everything recyclable goes into one big container, and they pick it up every other week. They sort it out somewhere else, so that should make it a no-brainer for the residents! Our recycle bin is usually stuffed, and our trash bin is only about a quarter full. We recycle kitchen stuff (peelings, etc.) into a compost pile.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Oh I love that fabric!! I am envisioning a beautiful summery quilt. :-) We are really huge recyclers here. We've cut down on garbage so much that we only have about a bag every two weeks by recycling. :-) We do the paper, plastic, cardboard etc as well as sending yard waste to a plant that makes mulch. Take our own bags to the stores etc. As for sewing, I make extra HST's from all the cut off corners and decorate pillowcases to go with the quilt. It seems like once you get in the habit, it becomes natural. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Jana said...

I love your new line of fabric!
We recycle plastic, my husband is in charge of compost (he likes gardening etc.) and I am in charge of using almost everything in the kitchen, so all veggies are used in broth and then freeze for later use.
Have a great end of Summer!
Jana

Sarah Preston said...

I'm a teacher so I "recycle" things like paper towel rolls and baby food jars by using them for projects in my classroom

Deb said...

Would love the chance to win the fabric prior to delivery to the stores, it's beautiful! I compost my vegetable scraps back into my garden!

Wendy said...

Your new fabric is lovely, I have in mind some darling girls dresses. My mother used to tell stories of living through the depression they didn't throw anything away, nor did she buy anything that they didn't absolutley need. I do keep all my left over veggies, store in the freezer and add to soups, when my shampoos are half empty I refill with water, you would be surprised how long they will last and still clean and lather.I try not to purchase plastic anything...but that is hard to do.
Wendy

Margaret said...

We always recycle when we can at our house. I'm a constant water drinker. But I always use a pvc free water bottle for my water -- no water bottles for me! Thank you for the giveaway - your new fabric collection and quilt/rug look so great!

Quilting by the Lake said...

After attending a couple quilt retreats with a friend whom we call "Mother Earth" I started a compost bin. A lot less kitchen trash and since we live out in the woods and have to take our stuff to the "dump".. a lot less stuff to transport. So I'd say it's a win, win!

Strlady said...

We bought two garbage pails in my house when we moved in. One for the regular garbage and the other for recycling. It has proven to be so easy to just put the trash in the proper pail. I also make sure to always go everywhere with a set of nylon bags. I use them for the grocers but also for general shopping. I love the darn thing!

Sharon said...

I'm on my own and I recycle as much as I can. This means I have one small bag of garbage each week. I get the yard bin and recycle all yard debris, food, etc that goes to a local company that makes compost. My favorite recycle is taking the selvage strips and using them to tie up my flowers!

SueB said...

I always recycle my fabrics. What I cant use I take to the school for art classes so the students can make quilts on paper. Love this collection of fabric.

Mary said...

I put all my tiny fabric scraps as well as batting scraps trimmed from the edges of quilts and make pillows for the cats at the local animal shelter. When making t-shirt quilt I save the sleeves and other large unused parts to use as rags. Empty Kleenex boxes become trash cans for my car.
Looking forward to your new fabric!

Helen said...

I save all my teeny tiny fabric and wadding scraps (and any old, holey jumpers, etc.) and take them to my local charity shop - they sell the rags to a collection company and make a surprising amount of money for the charity...so much better than throwing them out (I tried leaving them out for the birds to use as nesting material but they prefer the dog hair!!). Thanks for the giveaway!

James-Linda said...

Part of my recycling is down sizing+making good use of what you already have.
LOVE YOUR BLOG!
THANKS FOR A SWEET GIVEAWAY!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Kathryn said...

I'm fortunate to live in a community where we have weekly pickup of recyclables - paper, plastic, cans, and they don't even have to be separated. It's amazing how little is left for the garden. I recycle fabric strips for my husband to use in tying up his vegetables. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I love your fabric. Kathie L in Allentown

Anonymous said...

Besides putting everything possible in my recycling bin, I also like to re-use newspaper in the garden underneath the mulch to help suppress the weeds. Becky in Georgia

Judy in Michigan said...

I wish I had better recycling tips - up here we have to take our bottles, cans, papers, etc. to different places to dispose of. I do save my plastic bags (not used for food) to keep scraps, projects together. I am so anxious to see your new fabric line. My neighbor made a beautiful throw with your rose fabric from last year!

Meg said...

The recycling here at work tends to be hit or miss, and some things (like printed notices) generate a fair amount of excess waste paper. I got the nod from management to salvage what I can of the waste paper--now I use it for foundation piecing and string blocks!

Jacqueline said...

Here in RI we recycle as much as we can. My husband is an Electrician and he recycles materials he removes from building and it always amazes him how much he can earn by recycling scrap material. I always try to recycle fabric scraps for quilts and wool for rug hooking!

QuilterPattiO said...

water bottles. I hate to say it but they are so easy to use. But I do recycle.

pdudgeon said...

we live in an apartment where there's no recycling so i've gotten out of the habit. when i was a kid i used to love to recycle pop bottles.

Robin said...

I reuse my plastic ziplock bags. My kids think I'm crazy because I just rewash them, let them dry, and then put something new inside. (Of course it depends on what was stored - I never reuse them after raw meat or fish.)

madrekarin said...

Love the Victory Girls quilt! The fabrics are beautiful and the applique is super. We recycle lots of stuff- I use cereal boxes to make templates, send magazines to our local VA hospital, feed our kitchen scraps to our chickens, compost our yard waste, you name it. My best recycling tip- Look at things differently. Everything you buy usually has another use. You just have to put on your thinking cap. :)

Lisa said...

Oh my, that gorgeous American Banner Rose! Regarding recycling there are a few hints that come to mind: I look for products that use recycled materials, we ordered the smallest waste can set (green, recycle and waste) possible and we tend to fill up the green and recycle but not the waste can, I do enjoy canning to relish Summer's harvest at other times of the year. Also, for quilt-related recycling: I put all scraps in a small tote and 'recycle' them into a project once the tote is full. The next project will be a scrappy irish chain quilt. I can't wait!

Linda G. said...

We are big into recyling. We live in the country and have about 6 rubbermaid trash cans that we haul to recyling every month or so...plastics, metal, paper, glass, cardboard...very little trash afterwards! Love the new fabric and always like seeing your new designs, Linda at rgranch@pioneer.net

quiltnmaryf said...

I work in a busy office where we receive lots of faxes during the course of a day. We actually print on the other side of the pages before we shred them and discard them. That is making good use of the paper!

Pokey said...

We recycle plastic shopping bags by reusing them for lunches, and then use them again to pick up trash on the school playground.
We reuse plastic bottles, too, and usually freeze them for our lunches. I have my grade 2 students recycle their plastic bottles and cans for one skittle, or a sticker, and we use the money to buy more incentives for the classroom!

cakegirl said...

My family is big into recycling. Papers, cans, plastic, all recycled. And we compost. I love making mittens from discarded wool sweaters. Extra warm and so, so cute!
Thanks for a very generous giveaway.

TheLazyQuilter said...

I do my required recycling, and am always finding ways to reuse the plastic bags from the store.

Do victory gardens count? ;)

Jeanne (RED) said...

My husband receives and sends numerous boxes to UPS every week. The ones he doesn't re-send right away we break down to use for Christmas or sending care packages to our kids and grandkids, or other gifts. We also save aluminun cans and give them to our youth at church for them to cash in and use for mission trips.

I love the new fabric! Thanks for your give-a-way! Jeanne in MO

Joe and Julianne said...

Put my 8 year old in charge :) He is always finding things in our garbage that I should have put in recycling. Recycling is essential! Thanks for the giveaway.

Dee said...

My husband and I have really gotten into recycling the last couple of years. We now recycle more than we throw away which is huge for us! Whenever we get packaging from some item, I always take it apart and recycle the parts I can. Usually there's always cardboard in packaging and it really takes no time at all to pull it out instead of throwing it away.

Erin in MI said...

We recycle anything we can. The recycle bins sit just outside the kitchen door and anytime I finish a box or jar of something, it gets tossed out the door into the bins. Very easy and convenient. Then the city comes by and picks it up for us every week. I'm not sure I'd have the ambition if it wasn't so convenient, unfortunately...but I do what I can!

Phebe and Jane said...

My favorite form of recycling: using old shirts from my husband and turn them into a quilt.
Marian

Stitched With Prayer said...

Oh my gosh, my favorite recycling tip isn't exactly a tip, but here goes. I have taken to drinking Pepsi lately...LOTS of it, way too much, but that's a different story, LOL. I haven't had enough soda cans around here for so long that I just got in the habit of throwing them out...but about a year ago, on our morning walk at the local city park, my hubby and I kept seeing an older gentleman every single morning carrying a trash bag and a straightened hanger to use as he went through all the park trash cans looking for aluminum cans. After about 2 weeks of seeing him, I approached him one day and told him that about once a month, I would bring my soda cans up to him if he would like them. He actually got a bit teary, which in turn of course had me weepy all the way home. I have been taking the cans to him since. I don't know if he need the money or if he is just one of those folks that like to get the change for whatever, but it doesn't matter. At least I am recycling again, in a round about way, LOL. Thanks for a chance to have some of your quilting treasure. Hugs...

Dortha said...

We have more recycling than we do garbarge. It is amazing how much recycle 2 people can have. Imagaine a family of 4 or more. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
dorthac@aol.com

Marcia said...

We are big recyclers at our house too-newspaper, glass, plastic and aluminum all go in our recycle bins. I also use fabric shopping bags and never have to say "paper or plastic". Old clothing is either repurposed or given to a resale store. I would love to compost, but the "critters" keep getting in! I also save fabric scraps for pet beds at the Humane Society. We are trying to leave as little behind as possible.
I love your new fabric line---heck, who am I fooling?--I love ALL your fabric lines!! I guess I am just a M & S girl :)

Gayle said...

My favorite item to recycle is WOOL! Almost 99% of the wool I use for my rug hooking projects comes from thrift store clothing. Our local store has a $.99 Monday so I can get a pleated Pendleton skirt for that amount and it's a wonderful bargain!

Joanna said...

I'm part of a local moms group that has a yearly "swap" of kids clothes and toys, adult clothes, and household goods. Everything gets dropped off the day before and is sorted by size/kind and then the day of the swap, everything is free. They even have charity trucks come at the end of the morning to take the left over stuff to thrift shops. It's a great way to ensure your family's unused stuff goes to someone who wants/needs it and it's fun to look for things for your family.

I can't wait to see the new line and have plans for it already.

Anonymous said...

I love this fabric and i am grateful for this chance to win.We recycle everything we can, especially tin and metal.As a seemstress, I do not throw any scraps away. I will use even the smallest pieces to go in baby quilts. I can usually find a use for most things. Joyce Carter ccarter13@windstream.net

luvtoquilt said...

We do make the effort to recycle, and it does require a conscious effort. I enjoy recycling fabric, though. I save my scraps and sort them by size. I love to applique, so I always have a ready supply. It's so cool to find just the right little piece of fabric that just fits!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

We have been composting ever since we retired and what a difference it makes in the amount of garbage that needs to be hauled away! Of course, we've recycled all paper, plastic, glass and aluminum for a long time.

Cindi P. said...

Recycling-LOVE IT!!! We have a recycling bin in our garage that seems to fill up faster than the garbage can, have a brita filter for our water rather than the plastic bottles, save the containers from take out to use for storage, use clothes and leftover fabrics for rugs...
thanks for the chance to win...

brenda said...

food is my favorite recycling. it just amazes me how much waste we have. If you simply save all scraps of vegetables, you can then make a multitude of things. Keep a ziploc bag in your freezer and add to it each time you have even a small amount of leftover vegetables. when the bag is full...the fun (and your imagination) can really begin!!

susan said...

We recycle plastics,paper and cans at our home. Something I learned at our quilt guild is to save tiny fabric scraps for dog bedding for our local animal shelter. Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful fabric.

QuiltinginMinn said...

Recycling is easy where we live - we have a giant rolling no sort recycling container - love it. Also love our compost bins - we compost just about everything we can, kitchen waste, garden trimmings, etc. Our vegetable and flower gardens love it!!

Catty Wampus said...

At our quilt shop; where we too are awaiting your beautiful fabrics; we recycle everything that we use from diet coke cans to fabric scraps which are often given to groups or individuals who cannot afford to purchase fabrics for charity projects or even just for themselves. We are trying to encourage our customers to do the same including recycling their fabrics by donating to others. I just wanted to say that we just opened here in the Thumb of Michigan and we are all huge fans. We hope you will come up and visit us sometime:) Merrie

Kimberly said...

My favorite way of recycling is composting. My husband got me one of those barrel-looking composters for an annivesary gift (isn't he romantic :))this year because I've been wanting to try composting for years. I love it! It cuts down a lot on the kitchen trash and I can't wait to get real 'dirt' from it to use in my little raised bed gardens.

Kathy said...

I've always taught my kids this little poem:
Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without". We've come up with very successful and clever ideas for school projects, things for the house, garden, etc. It has also served well, as DS lives 45 minutes from the nearest 'store'. I love making scrap quilts, so can really take advantage of charms, FQ's adn jelly rolls. This new line is just beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway!

nngirl said...

My fave re-cycle is really good buys at thrift shops! I love to hunt down the perfect article to re-make! I found a homespun dress one time and made it into a civil war/priarie skirt!

Becky said...

I'm really trying to recycle more this year. One of my favorites is recycling the water from the dehumidifier in our basement. I make myself go down to the basement twice a day (the steps recycle some of my "hip fat") The water from the drawer in the dehumidifier is used on the plants in our front yard. The plants look better, our water bill is lower and my basement is drier. It's a Win-Win:)

Sinta Renee said...

I work for environmental consultants and live near Yosemite. Recyle and Reuse are so important for us all to imbrace... even the small efforts help. I love magazines, but I make sure to pass them on to friends or to the library... and the hubs golf ones go to the VA hospital.

Lizzie said...

Being 'country folk' recycling is and always has been, a way of life for us. We too have recyling bins picked up by the local councils, the chooks get the scraps, leaves on the garden, newspapers go under the mulch in the autumn and any paper with a plain back gets cut up, stapled and used for a jotter in the kitchen..
Oh yes, and the man I live with can't possibly throw anything out that just might come in handy 'one' day...sigh...extreme recyling!!
Lizzie
xxx

Redfinch said...

I'm a fanatical recycler, and have 4 young adult fanatical recycling children to prove it! My coworkers know I'm going to go through every wastebasket to be sure no shred of paper without confidential info on it goes into the recycling bin. As a relocated Michigander/UPer who now lives near Naples, FL, I'm an avid M&S fan. Just hunted down some Charlevoix fabrics on eBay--would LOVE to have some American Banner Rose.....

Nancyz said...

We recycle in my town... cans, newspapers, plastic. My grocery store has a container to recycle plastic bags and I even return newspaper plastic bags to the deliveryman. Every little bit helps.

hookinct said...

My town just went to 'single stream' recycling. Huge rolling container - just throw everything in. So easy I love it!

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Kigwit said...

I am loving the looks at Victory Girls. Wish I could see it in person. My recycling tip for this year is making jam. We're big on jam in this house-my 6 year old son can recite Bread and Jam for Frances by heart. It saves on buying store jam although I love the Bonne Maman marmalade-with the red gingham lids!

Our town also has curbside recycling-it's conmingled so there is no excuse for not doing it!

Judith said...

We grow organic veggies and berries here in MI. We can and freeze all that we can, and the rest gets recycled back to nature.
Love the American Banner Rose. The colors match a handmade basket I purchased from Ghana. I am excited to make a quilt to match.

Lisa said...

I buy old woolen skirts and sweaters and use them to make quilts and pillows.

Michele said...

I purchase men's fine 100% cotton shirts at the thrift store and repurpose them into aprons and quilts.

LOve the new fabric line. I think Prairie Paisely is still my all time favorite.

Hotquilts said...

Our household is trying to reduce the use of our gas dryer for one month only. It has rained for the past 4-5 days and it' hard to get a clothesline-full of things dry when it's damp everywhere. We need the rain & are happy for it. The dryer was used twice this month. BTW, our clothes, sheets and quilts have never smelled better! That bonus makes me say "Who cares how much money we saved? Everything smells so good!"

Laurie said...

I wouldn't call these recycling - but I have a brita pitcher I use to fill up water bottle to "re-use" and I'm FINALLY remembering to take my cloth bag IN to the grocery when I go (vs. leaving them in the back seat or trunck!). I'm a nurse who is now in a job that doesn't require scrubs...these (there are a bajillion!) will soon be turned in to quilt tops for charity quilts! Thanks for a chance to win! - laurie

llsbaskets@comcast.net

Hotquilts said...

Our household is trying to reduce the use of our gas dryer for one month only. It's a bit of recycling sunshine! It has rained for the past 4-5 days and it' hard to get a clothesline-full of things dry when it's damp everywhere. We need the rain & are happy for it. The dryer was used twice this month. BTW, our clothes, sheets and quilts have never smelled better! That bonus makes me say "Who cares how much money we saved? Everything smells so good!"

aztel2000 said...

The new book and fabrics look wonderful. I especially love Kansas City Star books so that will be on my "must have" list. I'm gradually redecorating and have stolen a lot of ideas from your blog and book photos. Before I moved to the lake, my house was Country French, so I have a long way to perfect! One thing I have been doing to recycle is to join a few Yahoo groups that buy and sell or just give things away--a great way to get rid of things that I'm tired of or "what was I thinking?" sort of stuff and not have to send it to the landfill.
Karen in Breezy Point

Crafty Mama said...

I save all my scraps from cutting, even the tiniest strings to stuff dog beds with. You can then donate them to animal shelters. They are always in need!

Barb said...

My new favorite recycling tip? I took all those old twin size flannel sheets from the kids' college days to my favorite rag rug maker. The flannel makes beautiful rugs.
So far I've had to make two quilts to coordinate with the rugs!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I have been recycling/composting since before it was cool to do so. It makes me feel guilty not to!
I would love to win your beautiful fabric!
~Joyce in MI

Kristy said...

I only have to think of one thing to encourage me to recycle, and that one thing is my GRANDCHILDREN! I want to leave them the best world possible. And to add to that, I want to leave them LOTS of QUILTS, so your gorgeous fabric would be perfect for me.

Cheri C. said...

I'm recycling my plastic gatorade bottles with frozen water everyday. I'm a postal worker and have been drinking a TON of H20 this summer. I freeze about 4 bottles every night. I do regular recycling but this has been a big plastic saver for the summer. Love the new line!!!

badlandsquilts said...

Hmm...not sure if you mean reuse or like with garbage but either way great ideas to read & share.

To reuse I give a LOT of stuff to the local science museum... they used so much stuff for kids' classes - christmas lights that don't work, plastic marg tubs, milk cartons, toothpaste boxes, paper towel rolls, fabric, etc.

Another thing...to not make more stuff to recycle we don't buy any bottled water...only refill bottles from home.

Vicky said...

I recycle the usual stuff, but here's my latest thing. I save the empty plastic tube that lead and erasers for mechanic pencils come in. I keep one near my sewing machine and in my applique toolbox to put broken or bent needles in. When it gets full, I just put the top on and toss it in the garbage can. No more worries about folks getting stuck. Of course, when I mentioned this to someone at the office, everyone started saving those for me! LOL. Recycling at its best!

Buckeye Quilter said...

Recycling is easy in our town. There are bins at all of the city schools and most of the grocery stores. And it's free. You can pay to have it picked up at the curb.
This is going to be my first year to attempt canning. It seems so romantic, but probably all of the work will change that :). I love the colors in the new American Banner Rose. Hope to win some!
And, looking forward to the new book.

Cyn said...

We recycle many things at home and of course, our kids have been very active in recycling. My mother also shares her stories about recycling during the war with all of the grandkids. They have a hard time understanding that many things were not in the stores as they were being saved for the war effort. My mother shares with them that she remembers saving everything!

Cynthia

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

We do recycle plastic, but my greatest love is recycling clothes. Old jeans, buttons off of shirts, wrap around skirts, etc. They make great totes, purses, and quilts :-)

Gretchen said...

Can't wait for your new book. It's a great theme!! I recycle just about everything and frequently take cups, bottles, etc home to recycle. Kitchen scraps go into The compost bin. I wish someone would develop a car that runs on used cat litter-- now that would be great!

kathy yedica said...

I have to report that last weekend I had my first piece of cherry pie made with FRESH cherries as opposed to canned cherries. No comparison!! There is a deli right next to several orchards outside my city. They also have peach and apple pies. Guess where I will be spending more of my time!!!! The crust was just like home made too.


Kathy Yedica

Carol said...

We recycle plastics, newspapers, aluminum cans, kitchen wastes... I grew up recycling. Our parents did it as a routine in the 40's.

Love your new fabric. Hope you draw my name.

Vicki said...

I live in a community where we have weekly pickup of recyclables - paper, plastic, cans, and they don't even have to be separated. It makes it easier to think green! Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful fabric.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

We don't have to recycle in our neighborhood, but the local fire station does collection recycle-ables. I take our papers and cardboard and drop them off.

Love this new line, but then I always like what you two come up with.

susan said...

You are such a tease with showing just a bit from your new projects! Love the fabrics, hope to see them in my local quilt shop soon. Yes we sort and recycle!! Sue in Florida

Hildy said...

We recycling almost everything. In germany you have a trash bin for paper, glass, plastic, compost and 'normal' trash. I also use fabric bags instead of plastic bags for my grocery shopping and wrap my gifts in old newspapers.
Greetings from germany
Hildy

Quilter Kim said...

I love your new fabric! By reading the comments it seems that everyone to trying to help our environment by recycling which is so great. We recycle everything at home and also when we go camping.

SheilaS said...

Being seniors, it seems like we are doing a lot more recycling these days. I read a lot of magazines and with the prices of them skyrocketing, we are now picking up or exchanging, magazines, at most public libraries, rather then purchasing them at supermarkets.

Mary said...

We recycle everything we can. We have a compost bin as well and it is amazing the stuff you can put in there and it makes wonderful dirt. Our actual garbage is down to a minimum every week. I am reading all the comments for more ways to save. thank you for the opportunity to win your beautiful new fabric.
Mary

suz said...

Aside from regular recycling-plastic, glass and paper, and I have lots of cloth tote bags in my car when I'm shopping. I also recycle a lot of paper from my office. I work for lawyers who go thru tons of paper every day. I take home a lot of the paper being thrown out and use the blank backs for drafting quilt patterns or making temporary templates; I also do my budget planning on the back of them.

Amy said...

We reuse or recycle as much as we can in our house! Our county gives us large recycling bins. In order to recycle the "right stuff," I keep the county flyer on "Dos" and "Don'ts" taped inside a kitchen cabinet for quick reference when I'm in doubt.

Looking forward to "Victory Girls!"

Carol Sc said...

How nice --- a chance to win some of your wonderful fabric! I save all my selvages, dog ears and other trimmings and gift them to a couple of women in my guild ---they gather them and make pillows for the dogs and cats at the local animal shelters. I admire them for doing the project and am grateful to them, because they help me to recycle what might otherwise be thrown in the trash.
Go Tigers --- Verlander is pitching tonight --- maybe we can get back on the winning trail!
quiltschon@att.net

Helen said...

My parents were children of the Depression and they were recycling and reusing long before it was hip. My mother would clean See's chocolate boxes and store her spools of thread and seam binding in them. She used bigger old boxes to store patterns. She would never go buy plastic boxes when there were so many good used boxes that worked just as well.

zoeycat said...

just saw your new line in pre-cuts this weekend at a shop up north. BEAUTIFUL!!!
My favorite recycle project these days is using some tote bags we have had for ever to do grocery shopping with. Way stronger than regular grogery bags and hold a whole lot more.
Jill

zoeycat said...

Just saw some of your new pre-cuts this past weekend. Beautiful!!!!

my favorite recycle these days is using some nice thick tote bags we recieved from Mikes work for grogery shopping. Hold alot more and lots stronger. Only problem is I am now running short on poop bags for walks with Echo.
Jill

Sarah said...

We recycle paper and send our cans to a local group for recycling.
Love the fabric and looking forward to more posts!

Sally A said...

We are very big recycler here in Oregon from yard, cardboard, paper and plastic bags. I retired from WinCo Foods but one year I used the plastic bags and made my halloween outfit and then recycle them. Love the material.Sam

Janet said...

My province, here in Canada, went into recycling in a very big way about 10 years ago. So very little garbage goes to a landfill site. One of the negative aspects which needs kinks worked out is that the economy has killed the market for recycled goods and the piles of newspapers, magazines and baled cardboard are mounting up in storage depots everywhere. In addition, dumping on isolated roads has risen etc etc.
My all time favourite recycling trick that benefits me and the environment too is purchasing my new-to-me vehicle every few years as second hand after someone else has paid the massive depreciation on it. I also love searching for treasures that are new to me like furniture and household goods on the secondary market.

Anonymous said...

We are big recycler here in Oregon from yard cuttings, cardboard, plastic to shreding. Love your fabric. I retired from a grocery chain but one year I used the plastic bags and made my halloween outfit then recycle them. SAM

Lee said...

We recycle all plastic bags at local Meijer or Kohls stores - they do plastic bag recyling. I use my own fabric bags to cut down on the plastic use and fabric snack bags too. thanks!

Anonymous said...

Even though I recyle whatever I can, I think back to when I grew up and see where my mother recyled. Mom, having grown up during the Depression, used to recyle the plastic liner in cereal boxes to wrap my Dad's sandwiches for his work lunch. Now that's recyling!

JKL

allcounty said...

We recycle all of the cans etc. But my favorite is the Wool. Hunting and re-using( re-cycling) into wool penny rugs. What's is more fun than that.
Karin E:)

Anonymous said...

Re-cycle..... paper, pop tabs for Ronald McDonald house rest of the can for Church and then to re-cycle. Remember using the old Readers Digest or Catalogs and folding them to make an Angel. Memories. Jean N*

AnneElizablog said...

I save all batting scraps to use in doll quilts or craft items. Really small scraps are used to dust my sewing machine and workspace. I cut up my husband's and sons' old shirts to make scrap quilts.

maggiesfarm said...

We recycle as much as possible...every bit of paper, metal, plastic, glass etc. Food scraps are composted. What I'm focused on now is avoiding wasteful packaging. I use cloth bags for groceries, reusable produce bags too. I make my own yogurt every week in canning jars. No more guilt inducing plastic cartons.

Nancyz said...

My quilt group collects our cutting scraps and stuff in old pillowcases for dog and cat beds. We donate them to our local humane society and animal shelters. Thanks for the giveaway.

Smeek said...

I recycle fabric scraps into pillows for the dog and cat shelter. Concrete can be pretty hard and cold. THanks for the chance to win.

Mary said...

I live in an old house with no garbage disposal. I don't trash my food scraps - I bury them. They turn into great compost. Yard debris goes in a special can the city picks up, composts, and then they sell the product. Win, win, win! And that's just what I'd like to do with the fabric bundle - win!

Darlene B said...

My daughter got me started on recycling pop cans several years ago. We just found out that our town offers recycling pickups, so we are going all out and being as green as we can! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Kay said...

Passing on quilt magazines to other quilters is a good way to recycle. I love your new Am Banner Rose fabric & am anxious to get some of my own & start playing with it.

Tina said...

We've put in a compost pile this summer and so far, it seems to be composting nicely. I'm hope to use this in the garden next year and it's a great way to recycle kitchen waste!

Anonymous said...

Among my favorite recycling tips are to use things up and repurpose them. I never throw away soap slivers - they can mark quilts, or just 'glue' the wet soap onto the new bar or with other slivers. If your shampoo or soap container or laundry detergent is 'out' - just add a little water to it, shake to mix, and you will get what clings to the walls of the bottle - this brings several more uses :) sew1800s@yahoo.com

jill s. said...

I recycle and repurpose as a way of life.....
love love love the new fabics!

Bev C said...

Hello,

We are a very enviromentally aware family. Everthing that we purchase must be useful and have another use.We have plenty of compost bins and other items get taken down to the recycling bins. Old tea towels get made into dish cloths,so much better than buying new. Buttons are recycled straight to the sewing room, oh I could go on and on. I recyle envelopes and especially the big ones that parcels come in,you just need to place some paper over the address label.Thanks for the chance to win some fabric.
Bev.xoxo

Anita said...

I am loving your sneak peeks and fabric!! I always love your books, so am eagerly waiting to get my hands on your latest :) I've always been a big recycler of basically everything that can be recycled. I reuse jars for everything, buttons, grease, nails, pins, pretty ribbons. I even save peanut plastic jars, reuse bags, recycle clothes (cut up for fabric), rip out old zippers from clothes to reuse in other projects, reuse baggies for projects and never toss anything good - I donate it to someone who can use it. Thanks for the chance to win!

Caro said...

I take my reusable grocery bags to the store to save from receiving the plastic ones. I also sometimes carry my purchase from a store with no bag. Thanks for a chance to win some great fabric. It's a beauty!

Kyle said...

Like so many others, I try to do my part in recycling with curbside recycling and carrying my own bags to most stores. It's a way of life. Thanks for the opportunity to win your newest line.

Anonymous said...

Our family works hard to recycle everything we can....on trash day we love it when we have one small, sometimes just a half a bag of trash for the landfill. But our recycle bin is running over :) So glad our city promotes recycling!!And we refuse to buy bottled water...what a waste!I see those stupid plastic bottles everywhere, even floating down our creek! And we haul our recycle paper to our church school, which recieves money for it. Love the fabric, SWarren

sndy1 said...

Our city has us throw all 'recyclables' into one container to later be sorted. This makes it very easy for us. I also keep all scraps in my sewing room to be used for smaller future projects.

Heidi said...

My family is used to me yelling at them to put the appropriate items in the recycling bin instead of the garbage. I have been known to sift through the garbage can to remove said items! For the few plastic water bottles that are around here, I try to reuse them as much as possible. I freeze water in them for road trips instead of using those purchased blue freezer blocks.
I absolutely adore this fabric line and am waiting not-so-patiently for it to arrive in the stores.

Donna K from N.TX said...

I've recycled an old desk file holder to store my numerous rulers. Works like a charm.

Beverly said...

There are real good tips on the internet for recycling--for example, it will tell you what different codes engraved on plastic items indicate, for recycling purposes.
Your fabric is very pretty. I am using your lines for my Farmer Wife's Quilt blocks, and hope to use your new fabric line as well.
Thank you for this opportunity.

findusfaithful said...

We have large green dumpsters scattered around here in our city where we can recycle all of our paper goods. It is amazing how much paper a family can generate and it seems as if we are dumping a huge bag load every few weeks!
Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway - I'm a big fan of your rugs and quilts.
Mary

regan said...

We recycle everything...our town has the single-stream sort system....everything goes in it....and it's sorted at the plant. At our house, we re-use everything as many times as we can....rinse out zip-locks and air dry them over bottles....they can be used dozens of times! My hubby picks up the broken ski poles at work, and we use them for garden stakes, driveway markers when snowing, etc. He brings home the used orange net fencing....that's around our garden now, and marks the snowmobile trail behind our house. Darn near everything can be repurposed in some way! Old maps are great as wrapping paper! Booboos from the printer get cut up for note pads. Scratched cd's get strung for reflectors in the garden...no more crows! I hate tossing anything out! Of course, I'm so worried that I'll become one of those hoarders.....so I'm careful that it all has a place to be stored when not being used! lol

Valerie said...

I try to remember to always put my grocery shopping bags back in the trunk of the car when I have unpacked, and then try to remember to get them out when I arrive a t the Grocery store!!! LOL. We have a compost pile, take cardboard and paper to the school recycle bin, wash out yogurt cups and every bit of plastic that has that little triangle on the bottom and put it out for the recycle truck. We also try to combine trips and errands to save the earth from carbon monoxide, and don't drink bottled water!!! :)

Sandra said...

All of my fabric and batting "scraps" gets reused as pet bedding for my daughters critter.

sue said...

Love the Victory Girls quilt and rugs and Banner Rose is gorgous. Yes, I recyle as much as possible and try to find creative uses for some objects.

Emma said...

No tips, just confessions....I'm pretty good at recycling money. I take all good discards to my favorite thrift shop back door, then go in the front and buy other people's discards. I save selvages to use for tying instead of string, have carried cloth grocery bags for 25 years, HOARD cardboard boxes, gift boxes, coffee cans, frozen dinner containers, ziploc and newspaper bags, water bottles, etc, etc. The water bottles are used whenever possible instead of packing peanuts when shipping a package. Thank you for offering another giveaway.

quilt cookie said...

I always save the leftover fabric from projects to use in applique. I also do the usual paper and plastic recycling.

Laura T said...

Recycling is pretty easy here! all things go in one tote and it gets separated out. I like to recycle print cartridges and get them refilled. We are also big into recycling at work, commute trip reduction, and a new initiate of 22 ways to be green. I'm in charge of commute trip reduction so I'm always on the lookout for new ideas and programs for the employees. Love your new line and would love to participate in this fun give-a-way!
Laura T

Anonymous said...

WOW! We have been recycling for years! Compost, canning jars, wool from Goodwill (hooked rugs). Mother saved Dad's corduroy pants and they became a throw for football games. Books go to the jail library. Clothing goes to clothes closet at church. And. . .

Anonymous said...

I have been an avid recycler for quite a while now. Since retiring from school teaching where we learned to recycle to have "stuff" to use for projects at school, I now recycle anything the county will take in the bins we put out by the curb. I take my plastic bags (newspaper sleeves) to Publix to recycle. I shop at thrift shops for things to use in quilting and knitting, and of course I recycle my own scraps of fabric. Please put my name in the pot for the prize.
tp
Tina in Florida

Sandy, Quilt guild president said...

The latest recycling tips I saw were making a messenger type bag from tyvex FedEx mailers. Use your stash to make a lining. Interesting bag with postmarks to look at and very soft.
Grocery carryalls from dog food or feed bags.
Home made cards using old pattern illustrations.
Get creative. Have fun repurposing. I have enjoyed reading the tips.

Sarah said...

I often donate our old clothes to thrift stores. However, my husband's wallet rubs holes through his back pockets. I have a friend who loves using old clothing in quilts, so she gets all of his worn out pants and some of his shirts. I know I could do the same thing, but she is so thrilled to get them, it is worth passing them on to her.

Pat said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your new line!!!!! I see a king size quilt in my future. Can't wait for your new book. We recycle everything we can. We have one can recycle, once a month we have free hazardous waste and free electronic waste everyday, we just have to take it to the landfill to recycle. All household items,books,mags,clothes etc go to the local hospital thrift store. Any quilting or sewing items,including used or new unwanted patterns, go to the local guild. The local animal shelter gets old towels,sheets and blankets.I use my own bags for all shopping. My next project is a compost bin.

Jill said...

I recycle as much as I can. I just think it is wonderful that we have the technology to "reuse". I love that I do not have to use the plastic grocery bags anymore. I love the reusable bags!!

Karen said...

My all time favorite recycling tip comes from something I have seen on my mail route. I've carried mail for 25 years and I laugh every time I deliver mail at this house.
The mail box is a wood flap that covers a hole in the garage. The waistband from a pair of men's Hanes underwear is wrapped around the flap to secure out going mail for pick up. I always laugh and it makes me think of "You might be a red-neck if you....". I guess to me it's funny too because it't also a Ministers house. It's taking recycling to the fullest. Have a great weekend,
Karen M

carolann said...

I love to recycle and wish we had started to think of this many years ago. I always have a tote bag with me for shopping so I don't take any plastic bags. I also get some pretty reuseable bags to use for gifts instead of wrapping paper.

cocoquilts said...

Since my brother was head of the recycling program of the state, we use our county program recycling everything possible! I also like to purchase things in bulk size instead of individual trying to cut down on packaging to throw out. But my husband's favorite way of recycling is solar power - he loves to send power back to the utility company! It puts a smile on his face to see the dial go backwards!

Heather A said...

We have a great recycling program in Saskatchewan. At home, I save the cardboard from cereal and kleenex boxes for the ladies at church to make beads from which they they make into necklaces they sell as a fundraiser.

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