Piece By Piece Quilts
Piece By Piece recycles the batik fabric that Ground Soap is wrapped in and makes it into beautiful quilts to support good causes
Designed and stitched by quilter extraordinaire Debbie Fraser, these unique creations grow from fabric that's returned to us and the results are always stunning. We partner with The United Way of SD&G to either auction quilts or donate them to families in need. 100% of auction proceeds go to the United Way.
Batik Fabric has great significance to me. Before the the 2nd World War my Grandfather Klaas migrated to Indonesia from Holland to take advantage of a job opportunity in the rubber plantations there. After settling, he was married by proxy to his Dutch fiancé Tine, who promptly boarded a ship and made her way from Holland to join him. They spent several years living with the local people on the plantation, learning the language, the culture and the cuisine and welcomed their first son, Klaas Jr. But when war broke out, the two were once again separated and placed in internment camps. There they spent three painful years apart not knowing each other’s fate. Fortunately, when the war ended they were re-united and returned to working the plantation for another four years during which they welcomed the arrival of my Uncle Bert and my Mother Anne. Eventually their growing family emigrated to Canada to settle in Eastern Ontario where they dropped roots for good.
Through these years a great deal of the Indonesian culture and cuisine had made it into the fabric of my family where it still thrives today, and so when it came time to create the packaging for Ground Soap I knew exactly where to look for inspiration. Several years ago I traveled to Indonesia to meet the people who create beautiful batiks by hand. I was lucky enough to hang around their outdoor shops while they stamped, washed and dyed long rolls of cotton into beautiful designs and I even got to walk through lofts of hanging batiks swaying in the afternoon breeze to dry. It felt like I was in a movie! This absolutely solidified my connection to Indonesia, it's people and the beautiful handmade fabric that I’ve been a little obsessed with ever since.
What to do
It’s easy. After unwrapping your soap, save the fabric and send it to us at:
Piece By Piece c/o Ground Soap
2107 Second St. W
Cornwall ON, CAN
Make sure to include your name so that we can add you to the list of contributors to the Piece by Piece project.