April 01, 2023

Ugly Fabric Quilt Challenge aims to help keep fabric out of landfills

Over 13 tons of fabric and textiles are discarded by Americans every year in the United States. That is equivalent to 126 million cubic yards every year, an average of 65 pounds per person, occupying nearly 5 percent of our local landfills.

The Earth Care Team at Oswego Presbyterian Church is organizing an Ugly Fabric Quilt Challenge to help keep fabric out of landfills. An ugly fabric challenge is when people swap ugly fabrics and then make a project, in this case a small quilt, from the fabric they get back from the swap.

Participants will donate a half yard of "ugly" fabric and there is a $5 entry fee. Quilts should measure at least 36 inches by 36 inches and must be finished and returned to Oswego Presbyterian Church by June 14.

Quilts will be displayed at OPC during PrairieFest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16 and June 17. There will be a $50 prize for the winning quilt, as determined by popular vote.

Stop by the main office of the Oswego Presbyterian Church to enter the challenge and to drop off and pick up fabrics. The church is located at 1976 Route 25, Oswego. For more information, call 630-554-8194.