Do these count as new or used clothes?

I make quilts and baby clothes from scraps or used clothing.  Does that make these new or used clothing?  Can they be given to child protective services?

The purple fabric is made from one of my husband’s old t-shirts that had frayed at the neck.  The navy set on the bottom is made from a gigantic t-shirt found at a local Goodwill. It is printed with the name of a plumbing parts supplier in Gardena!

Because each adult t-shirt contains a great deal of embedded water* and chemical input**, I prefer to reuse cotton as long as possible.  Water is heavy and cotton is often grown in deserts and irrigated with water transported over mountain ranges and across long distances at enormous energy cost.  Then the cotton is (literally!) transported around the world to chase low labor costs before being brought to market.  Why not mine the embedded energy and water found in gently used clothing right in our backyard?

See more examples of post-consumer waste sewing.

If clothes like these are deemed acceptable by child protective services, we can hold a sweatshop at my house to churn out dozens of these.

* Depending on where the cotton was grown, it takes about 650 gallons or one CCF of water to grow the cotton used in one adult medium t-shirt.

** More chemicals are used to produce cotton, pound for pound, than any other cash crop.

It’s a Baby!

Our next meeting is Tuesday May 8th at 7pm.  (Remember it is moved up a week this month!)

This month, we are holding a baby shower to collect baby and toddler stuff things for child protective services.  Who wants to tie-dye onesies with me?  See here and here for more examples.

Also bring canned goods.

San Pedro Bay Quilt Show

Don’t miss the San Pedro Bay Historical Society‘s annual quilt show at the Muller House museum.

From the Muller House website:

Open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM every Sunday except holidays, the Muller House Museum offers guided tours, monthly exhibits, discussions of historical interest and special events. See our Calendar of Events for specific activities. Admission is free, but a donation is encouraged.

From the press release:

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 1 to 4 pm
Quilts by Artists from a Friendship Group of the South Bay Quilters Guild, Redondo Beach, including:

Carol Berg
Dee Evans
Margaret Schucker
Carollee Schuegraf

Traditional & Art Quilts

142 Beacon Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Suggested Donation $4.00

Exhibits at the Muller house rotate monthly; be sure to see the quilts before the end of May.

Quilts for Wounded Soldiers

Community Services has a project of making quilts for soldiers injured in the war. The quilts are shipped to combat hospitals in Afghanistan and given to soldiers in Intensive Care Units. These troops are often sent home in minimally heated cargo planes, so the quilts are functional for warmth in addition to showing that we care and thank them for their sacrifices.

The quilts needed are ”quick quilts” with just 3 requirements:

  • Size is 4 ft x 6 ft 6 in, or 48 inches by 78 inches (the size of stretchers and gurneys)
  • All cotton; no synthetics, including the batting
  • Red/white/blue or appropriate patriotic theme (no cartoon characters)

The design can be simple and anything you choose. Since many quilts are needed, quantity is more important than time-consuming patterns, but all quilts are welcomed.  You can be as creative or simple as you want and they will all be deeply appreciated. One Doctor in Iraq thinks the quilts do soldiers more good than receiving a medal, which they often pin onto their quilts.

More information about the program can be found here.
Contact: Arlene Zobrist

Quilts sent out in April 2012 include these by SBQG members NK,


and the Lawndale Library Quilting Ladies.

Mme. Fumi Akutagawa – Fashion Show 2012

We are privileged to have Mme. Fumi Akutagawa as our guest speaker for the 2012 annual Fashion Show. She is a sensei (master or teacher) in the art of the Japanese kimono and will present “Hari Kuyou” (Needle Day).

Our Fashion Show will be held in June at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance. All details on the location, catered menu, and tickets are available on our website.

Please join us for this special event and insight into Japanese culture.