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Do not throw things away! There is no away!

August 7, 2017

My grandmother made quilts from old clothes. I loved them but never tried to do it.

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My wise old grandmother

My wise old grandmother was the champion of re-purposing. She regularly tell us not to throw something away before she had a chance to examine it. Her motto: “Do not throw things away! There is no away!”

Tin cans became holders for pins, needles, bobby pins, paper clips, buttons, spools of thread. Glass jars, too.

Anything that needed refrigeration came in Mason jars. Once those jars were empty, granddad would drill two holes in the lid, attach it to the underside of a shelf in the garage using two screws, and then screw the jar onto the lid. His jars contained nails, screws of every shape and size, washers and nuts to fit all those screws, bolts, wire….

Re-purposing didn’t end with the small stuff. One weekend granddad replaced the bathroom toilet and bathtub with modern ones. Both the toilet and the old claw-foot bathtub got re-purposed as outdoor container gardens.

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  1. Thanks for reblogging. My wise old grandmother also made quilts from old clothes. Funny you should mention that because I just moved and found one of her quilts in the closet. It now is on one of the beds. She died in 2003, and I think this quilt I have was one she made in 1973 for me when I went off to college.

    • The quilts from my grandmother have all fallen apart over the years. I was sorry to lose them. I could sew clothes, but for some reason could not make a quilt. I think a frame would have been helpful. One of the ladies in my church belongs to a quilting club and they make some beautiful quilts.

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