Edmonton quilters turning excess material into quilts for the homeless
In February of this year Sparrow Studioz began producing T-shirt quilts for clients, converting old T-shirts into memory quilts.
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With spring cleaning time around the corner, Edmonton quilters Bradie and Matt Sparrow of Sparrow Studioz have a novel way to help families turn that pile of old clothes in the basement into a useful keepsake while also providing comfort to the city’s most vulnerable residents.
In February of this year Sparrow Studioz began producing T-shirt quilts for clients, converting old T-shirts into memory quilts. One month later the Sparrows began taking the excess material from these T-shirts and using them to create quilts for the homeless.
“When you make a T-shirt quilt you’re only using the front material,” says co-owner Bradie Sparrow.
“At the beginning we were using the rest of the T-shirt material as stuffing for dog beds and the like, but we realized we could be doing something for community with this stuff. Our plan is to donate one quilt per T-shirt quilt ordered to the homeless through Hope Mission.”
The couple started their business in 2008, specializing in providing local quilters with quilt finishing services courtesy of their state-of-the-art longarm sewing machines. With the recent decline in the Canadian dollar making these American-made machines increasingly expensive, the Sparrows turned to T-shirt quilts as a means of diversifying their business.
“It’s been very popular,” says Sparrow. “We’ve already sold several dozen since February,” she said.
Sparrow Studioz is located at 3160 Parsons Road, near South Edmonton Common. Those interested in turning their old T-shirts into a useful keepsake can drop them off at the studio. A minimum of 12 T-shirts is required.