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A Quilt With a Mission

October 16, 2012

This past summer a good friend of mine, Hilary Denk, asked if I would contribute a quilt to SCARCE, School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education, to auction at the organization’s first Green Tie Gala on October 24, 2012.

Cropped Image of "Patina"

“Patina,” a Quilt Made from Re-Purposed Fabrics

As I learned more about SCARCE and its mission, I realized this could not be just any quilt – it had to be a quilt that was consistent with the organization’s mission statement which is to “Inspire people, through education, to preserve and care for the Earth’s natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities.”

This amazing organization was started in 1990 by Kay McKeen and since its early days has worked with many schools and communities to promote recycling and other environmental causes through educational outreach programs, speaking engagements, recycling events, grant writing support, etc. In fact, if you live in the Chicago area, you have likely benefited from one of its many programs. For example, SCARCE was instrumental to the process when my kids’ school was looking to fund, source, and install solar panels – Scarce’s vast knowledge made this undertaking way more manageable.

With SCARCE’s mission in mind, I designed a modern quilt that is comprised primarily of repurposed clothing and fabric scraps that typically would be deemed too small to be of any use (and thus end up in the garbage), including a blue shirt formerly worn by my husband, leftover bits of shirts from others, as well as really small pieces of Liberty of London cotton lawn and vintage William Morris reproduction fabrics.

The quilt, named “Patina,” is now boxed and ready to go on its own mission: to raise funds for future SCARCE programs.

You can learn more about SCARCE here and purchase tickets for the Green Tie Gala on October 24th at the Westin Hotel in Lombard here.