The Making Do Project

In the history of quilts and quilt makers, there’s a lot written about “making do” – using what you have, working within the constraints of circumstance, finding all kinds of substitutions and work arounds, and not giving up when encountered with limitations. In older quilts we often find that the quilt maker has run out of a certain fabric and has just substituted what she had on hand, or has re-used an old blanket in place of batting, or has simply sewn together leftover bits and pieces of fabric scraps, willy nilly, to make something that will provide comfort and warmth for her family. I find these “make do” quilts beautiful and inspiring. I’ve also found that the very limitations we encounter in life can foster creativity and ingenuity. And so the Making Do Project came about. These are my constraints:

  1. I must shop at my local Goodwill for fabric (from clothing).
  2. Each piece must be 99 cents or less.
  3. All fabric must be 100% cotton.
  4. I must use all purchases from a single shopping trip to make one quilt.
  5. Muslin and inexpensive sheets are permissible to use as filler for the quilt top and as backing.

The Make-Do Quilts

Muddy Waters Quilt
Baby Blocks Quilt
The Joshua Quilt
Camper’s Star Quilt
Daybreak Quilt

The Sisters Quilts
Stars at Sea Quilt