Two Fridays a month a group of ladies gather in the fellowship hall of my church. They are members of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, and one of their missions is to provide serviceable quilts to those in need.
These quilts are made out of discarded polyester clothing and polyester yardage. Step One: cutting the squares. Several sizes of squares are made, so nearly all of the fabric is used.
The squares are sent to the next station where they are organized and then selected for quilt tops.
Step Two: sew the blocks into a flimsy (quilt top)
Step Four: prepare the quilt "sandwich" with the top, a used blanket for the batting, and a bed sheet for the backing.
Step Three: tack the bed sheet or quilt backing to the frame.
Step Four: place the batting (old blanket) and quilt top on the frame and secure with pins.
Step Five: Tie the quilt with yarn to secure all three layers.
Step Five: Send the tied quilt back to the sewing group where the excess backing is turned and now serves as the binding for the quilt.
Mission Accomplished. Materials have been saved from the landfill, and attractive and durable quilts are the result of this labor of love.