I'm so glad I took the time this afternoon to attend the Lebanon Quilters Guild's 7th Annual Exhibition of Quilts at the Lebanon Expo Center.
I was so moved by this exhibit of Memorial Quilts for Pennsylvania State Police Troopers. Here's an excerpt from the write-up posted at the exhibit:
"One of our [Lebanon Quilters Guild] community service projects this year is to make quilts to be given to the families of Pennsylvania State Police Troopers who have been killed in the line of duty. The tops of these quilts are made entirely from reclaimed State Police uniforms. In addition to the fabric from the pants, shirts, sweaters and ties, may other parts of the uniform are used. The uniforms were deconstructed in order to salvage every usable piece, including patches, epaulets, pockets, waistbands, buttons, zippers, ribbing and interfacings.... Guild members have been meeting since January to deconstruct, sort, press and prepare the kits needed to make each block.... 540 blocks will be needed to complete the project. The goal is to complete 60 memorial quilts to be presented to the families of fallen state troopers as needed.
The quilts are so artfully done!
Nothing went to waste, including waistbands...
... and zippers!
Here's a display of how one of the blocks was created. (Notice the jar of buttons at the bottom - not a single button was discarded!)
As an alterations seamstress who has seen the inside of many a pair of pants over the years, I was touched by how much respect was given to even the inner waistband and interfacings.
Such a moving exhibit....
Now, for some more inspiration!
A very, very nicely done t-shirt quilt,
a wonky quilt with wonderful machine quilting,
this fabulous quilt, and
my friend's lovely quilt inspired by Bonnie Hunter's approach to scrap quilting.