Quilted Art: A Creative and Sustainable Way to Give Back
For the past two years, I have participated in the IIDA Sustainable Quilt Auction with a group of friends and colleagues. IIDA organizes this annual auction to raise funds for various charities. It provides designers an opportunity to apply our skills and hobbies, allowing us to give back to the community and support non-profit organizations. We start by meeting in early fall to brainstorm ideas. Then, over the course of 5 - 6 months, we collect discontinued and discarded fabric samples and piece them together to give them new life.
Our team consists of mostly self-taught, first time quilters who had to learn this process the hard way: how to sew velvet, leather, and silk together in one row. We combine machine and hand sewing techniques to put together our quilts.
Each year we try to come up with ideas that will challenge us in new ways, both to hone our skills, and to pique the interest of the potential buyers.
The 2015 Quilt Team
Alex, Andre, Carrie, Anne, Alexis, Erin (front)
Many hours go into the planning and designing the composition. Endless more go into the production of the final quilt.
This year we’re at it again, with new team members and a fresh design. Keep an eye out for announcements for this year’s auction in April, and we hope to see you there!
Alexandra Koretski, Designer