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How many things can you do with labels from clothing? I'm on an adventure to figure this out and here is one example of something I did last year.

I also reused lace from garments, ric rac from some thrift store package and lots of labels.

This is a lovely little quilt that decorates my sewing studio. Hope you like it!

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Comment by Kelly Dannemann on March 25, 2012 at 3:25pm

That is so unique and awesome, love what you did with it. Very creative. Love the band-aide effect.

Comment by Carli Heinrichs on October 27, 2011 at 2:04pm

Hello Jenny,


I had a peak at your blog posts, very good idea. Reusing really doesn't have an end to it. Love your ideas, thanks for thinking mine are cool.

Comment by Jenny Wilding Cardon on October 27, 2011 at 8:20am
Now THAT is a cool idea. :)
Comment by Carli Heinrichs on October 11, 2011 at 10:00pm

Thanks Carol,

Its a new term for me; "new-to-me style of quilting" I love it! Can I use it? Its exactly what I've been doing for almost two decades now. I started sewing really young, my mom was always worried about me because we lived in the wilderness with grizzlie bears wandering into our yard frequently. She taught me to embroider, then as I grew up, she gave me her discarded dresses for fabric to make doll dresses. One of Mom's dresses and I was set for several weeks as a kid. So its like second nature.

Organic gardening is what we practice and I am really thrilled to be working with organic fabric in my new designs, such fun, fresh designs and colors are all natural, they have a different hue to them. These are two of the fabrics I'm working with today.

What craft do you do Carol? What brings you here to sew-whats-new? I certainly haven't looked into the whole site to know what else is going on.

Thanks so much for FBing me and following me. I have been really enjoying writing, while knowing a few people are reading what I write.

As to the cost of organic cottons pricing. Living in Northern BC, we pay $12.95-$23.95 for non-organic cotton. In my shop, the most expensive organic cotton is $16.90 per meter. We sell by the 1/2 m. because many quilters are very busy and want to buy exactly what they need for the project. Nothing more, stashes are smaller and modern quilters are savvy gals.

Mature quilters tend to like this too for different reasons because of more transient lifestyles in retirement. So at my shop, Good Earth Quilting its $8.95 per 1/2 m. for the most expensive cotton and the lowest, priced at $5.95/m. and its all organic. I urge you to visit the GOTS site that stands for "Global Organic Textile Standards" and learn more about the certification it takes to be able to name it as an organic textile. When I was a young Mom, my youngest was allergic to almost everything it seemed and I looked hard to find organic textiles.

All I found was rougher, 40 yd rolls of beige. It was so boring. As a quilter, I love the wide variety of organic textiles these days. My goodness, I'm working on getting them all in as soon as I can afford. One time, a person once asked why the cost of organic was higher when they use less to make the product? Its simple Carol, its all about supply and demand. If we all just refused to buy regular fabric and all made the switch, we all would have cheaper organic cotton within weeks! So please do learn more about organic cotton, I'd love you to learn more!

Comment by CAROL ANDERSON on October 11, 2011 at 8:47pm
Well Carli,  You have really inspired me now. I went to your blog and like your new-to-me style of quilting. I will follow your blog and I will like you on FB  ;o)  I'm guessing you machine quilt, do you use a regular machine or are you lucky enough to have one of those nice quilting machines, are they long arms? And I do definitely agree about the cotton. I have thought about that a lot for awhile. But why are the purer  cottons so expensive?. Nice meeting you and I will continue to follow you.
Comment by Carli Heinrichs on October 11, 2011 at 4:32pm

Collections, well that is a interesting way of putting it. I've been recycling, reusing and reducing since about 1998. Mostly, because I love fabric and I can't bare to see it go into a landfill, so I started finding things that I liked that long ago.

Everything is pretty organized so I can find it quickly, so yes, lots of labels. I'm glad I've inspired you. For more on what I call Blended Fabric Quilts, you can follow me on my blog, This quilt is made from reused fabric taken from clothing. It takes time if you live in a smaller community, but very doable.

Comment by CAROL ANDERSON on October 11, 2011 at 3:04pm
No, not really. But you've given me a good idea about the labels. I just might try using them on something. I don't quilt. How do you get all your labels, it seems you collected a lot  ;o)
Comment by Carli Heinrichs on October 11, 2011 at 1:13pm

Thanks Carol,

I just love finding ways to reuse more and more. What about you?

Comment by CAROL ANDERSON on October 11, 2011 at 11:39am
I  L O V E  this idea. How fun to use labels. Thank you for sharing!

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