Do you consider yourself an environmentalist? Do you take pride in recycling your newspapers and plastic bottles? Always reusing plastic grocery bags? Are you also a quilter – worried about the environmental impact of fabric dyes and the possibility of pesticides in cotton?
Look into organic, eco-friendly quilting materials! Many people think of organic cotton and think of plain, boring colors. Those descriptions can’t be further from the truth! There are an increasing number of beautiful, bright, vibrant quilting fabrics that are organic. Right now, our store carries lines from Cloud9 (Beyond the Sea and My Happy Garden) and Robert Kaufman (Free to Grow) that are organic and beautiful! We expect the organic quilting industry to grow over the next few years, so keep your eyes open for new, exciting fabrics that are friendly to the environment!
Now what will you fill your quilt with? No fears! There is even eco-friendly batting available. There are a number of options out there and you can find them by simply searching for organic battings. We at Quilter’s Compass currently carry only one organic batting: Nature-Fil Organic cotton batting on the roll. Barb has done longarm quilting with it and says it quilts beautifully!
What about thread? Well, there’s an organic substitute for regular cotton thread, too! Aurifil thread is Oeko-Tex certified. Our understanding of the Oeko-Tex certification is that it is the equivalent to an organic certification in the United States. Aurifil is an Italian company, so they abide by different rules for certifications, but their Oeko-Tex certification means no pesticides and no harmful chemicals go into their threads. The spools of thread are very large and the cost per yard is actually lower than other threads. We love to use it, and we know that it doesn’t have all the icky chemicals in it that some other threads might have.
These are just a few ideas for quilters who want to use eco-friendly products. Not only are these products good for the environment, they are also good for our bodies. People who are worried about chemicals and harmful dyes in baby quilts can rest assured that baby can be warm and chemical-free. Combine all of these items and you can make a fully-organic quilt! Enjoy!