Saturday, April 22, 2023

Earth Day: Mending a vintage quilt and collaborating with Anonymous

The theme for Earth Day 2023 is "Invest in our Planet." In our little space on the planet, my husband is tending our home garden and weeding the flower beds. My plan is to gather materials to mend the binding edge of this vintage quilt—a quilt that is on the bed and used all the time.

Frayed quilt binding on a vintage patchwork quilt that needs repair.

I realize that adding a new binding onto a vintage quilt will date it to the current year, but I think it's more important to care for and repair the things we have rather than discard them. Mending and repairing this quilt will be a "Collaboration with Anonymous." I like to think that the anonymous quiltmaker who made this quilt early in the last century would be pleased to know it is being used and cared for.

These are the potential fabric options I have for this mend. I'll be doing some auditioning to see what we—Anonymous and I—find most suitable.

Fabric options for a new binding on a vintage quilt.

 A Mend/Repurpose project is also one of my Make Nine prompts for this year.

Oh, and if you're interested in textiles, clothing, and sustainability, try the Sustainable Fashion Quiz on the Earth Day website.

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