This morning, I read a blog post by Carole – From My Carolina Home about making quilts for victims of the California Thomas Fire. Please take a minute to finish reading my post, then hop over and read Carole’s post. Maybe you can help as well.
Essentially, Carole is asking her readers to help out with blocks and donations for batting and backing to create 2 quilts. She is offering to assemble the blocks she receives, and long arm quilt them, bind them and get them into deserving hands. You will see her motivation when you read her blog post. Maybe you will be inspired to help as well.
I went out to my very cold sewing room, the one over the garage, this afternoon, got the heat cranked up. When it hit 58, I felt like I could proceed and do a bit of sewing. (The weather report says we got to 31 today, but it has been bitterly cold the last few nights, now in the mid teens…..) Hubby has a big propane heater downstairs, so he fired it up to 60, and we have 4 space heaters upstairs….2 by his hobby area, and 2 by my sewing area. Lots of wide open space to try to heat! (He waited until I got it up to 62 before he wandered out to play at his train desk! )
Anyway, I looked at this pattern for the blocks Carole is asking for, and got out my trusty “scrap storage system” box of 5″ squares. Would you believe, I had some half-square triangle blocks just sitting there waiting to be put to use, along with LOTS of 5″ squares. I did have to construct a few more HST, but I worked in groups of two blocks, and it was easy. I trimmed everything to 4.5″ and started stitching. I love laying out my blocks on my design boards that I made last summer. (I am thinking about making 2 more!!)
I got 6 blocks finished for Carole, all from the scrap storage boxes. They were EASY to make! I had a little fun with the fabric too. Can you spot the dogs??
I came across a stack of 5″ squares I have been hording for a while, and took a little break and made some more of those fun coasters. These particular fabrics seemed a little bit “floral” for the blocks Carole is needing.
I have 2 more blocks laid out on the design boards to make tomorrow. I am going back into the “scrap system” and look for some fabrics that are more masculine (or less floral) tomorrow. I may actually have to “cut up some scraps” to do that!
The blocks are quick and easy, a good way to use up some scraps, and will go to a great purpose. Now, please – go read Carole’s blog post, and see if you can help in some small way. Pattern is below for your convenience. When you send your blocks, let her know how you found out about her efforts with this project!!
If you can’t help by making blocks, Carole has some other suggestions on ways you can help financially.
edit – linking up to — OH SCRAP