|finished at 72" x 86"|
I wrote about my "Criss Cross Applesauce" quilt here. The pattern is in Bonnie Hunter's book Scraps and Shirttails II. The front was made from deconstructed clothing--shirts and blouses and one green jumper (worn many years ago when I was a jr. high English teacher in Clear Lake).
With the focus on Earth Day and recycling, the logical choice for batting was Dream Green, the soft batting made 100% from plastic bottles.
|This floral green/red backing was an easy choice from my stash.|
The first place winners were on display at the "world famous" Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake for a few hours during an "Earth Day Expo." The public voted for their favorite re-purposed item -- and my quilt got the most votes. I feel pretty lucky. The entries were creative and varied.
Clear Lake is a model community, when it comes to Earth Day and recycling and encouraging the public to get involved a little or a lot. This year is their 19th annual Earth Day celebration. They have days and days of activities and even have a website set up, dedicated to their Earth Day plans and ideas.
I was a new teacher the first year Earth Day was celebrated, April 22, 1970. I have a couple photos of some of my junior high students posing beside a truck filled with litter and garbage they had gathered from roadside ditches. It was a quiet beginning to an idea with policies I've followed heartily for 46 years. Three cheers for Earth Day and recycling!!!!!!