Patchwork on Point and 100 Quilts for Kids

Phew! I’m back from a week away on vacation, my daughter has now officially started the 1st Grade, and I am finally finding a bit more time at the sewing machine! In fact, yesterday I managed to finished quilting and binding my latest quilt, Patchwork on Point.

This quilt features a variety of fabrics from Heather Dutton for Modern Yardage. You can read more about these particular fabrics in this blog post. I paired Heather’s fabrics with a few coordinating prints from my stash. I really love the colors in this quilt. I think it would be good for a girl or a boy.

The design is simple, squares on point, but I created a bit of interest by grouping prints in sets of four. I wanted this quilt to have a fluffy look and texture, so I only quilted the negative space in a free motion meandering design. The quilt measures 45″ x 45″.

Some of you may be wondering how this one washed up, since the Modern Yardage fabric has the design printed on it. I didn’t use any special detergents, just my Kirkland Free and Clear liquid from Costco (because I think the final recipient will be washing it in whatever they have at home). I would say it reacted as expected. A bit of fading on the darker colors. I don’t think it takes away from the quilt in any way, but just something to keep in mind as you select your fabrics for your project. You can read more about the suggested washing/drying for the fabric here.

I am donating this quilt as part of Katie of Swim Bike Quilt‘s 100 Quilts for Kids quilt drive. If you haven’t had a chance to link up your quilt to donate, you have until September 30th. It’s a great cause and a wonderful way for you to help in your own community. And there’s prizes too. :)

Community Giving : Action Kivu

Just popping in from my week away to let you all know about a great opportunity to participate in a fundraiser and giveaway for Action Kivu this week! This is an annual event organized by Alissa Haight Carlton of Handmade by Alissa.

Straight from Alissa’s blog post, “Action Kivu is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school and supports other programs for women that provide them ways to support themselves and their families.”

You can find out more information about Action Kivu here and participate in Alissa’s fundraiser here, through August 19th, 2013.

The Power of Community

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last week thinking about community. Specifically, the quilting and blogging community. Sometimes this space feels so vast. So many blogs, so much Instagram, so many wonderful projects and books and blog hops going on at once. It can seem overwhelming. And then, there are times when you feel like you just know each person, even if you’ve never met in real life.

Part of the reason I’ve been thinking about community these last several days is because, as many of you know by now, last week we lost a special member of ours, Kathreen Ricketson. I keep thinking about the amazing journey Kathreen and her family were taking around Australia. Many of us were following her on Instagram. It’s just beyond heartbreaking. For those wishing to help Kathreen’s son and daughter, Whip Up has posted information on donating money to an education fund for them.

Something Kristin wrote last week really resonated with me. She was blogging about Kathreen and her partner Rob, and their two children, and said “The crafting community is compassionate, generous and action-oriented, so we always want to do something in times of tragedy.” I can’t stop thinking about that statement. We are an community of action.

first quilt top done!
Photo from Natalie of Greenleaf Goods

I know this to be true. Last month, after the bombing in Boston, charity drives of all sorts started happening. Quilts for Boston has gathered over 1100 blocks for their quilts, and blocks are still pouring in.

laying out blocks
Photo from Natalie of Greenleaf Goods

To Boston with Love, the flag bunting drive, received over 1600(!!!) flags – over a mile long!

To Boston with Love
Photo from Amy of During Quiet Time

Flags from all continents except Antarctica. They will be displayed this weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

MFA To Boston with Love
Photo from Amy of During Quiet Time

The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild (OKCMQG) is having a quilt drive and auction for victims of last weeks devastating tornado in Moore, OK.

In the age of the internet, our community is global. My husband says this means we see more bad things happen and we feel them personally. That’s true I guess. But we also respond globally and I’m very proud to be part of this presence.

I’ve spent the week thinking about an easy way people can find how to help when bad things happen. I receive a lot of emails asking me to mention various needs on my blog. I’ve decided to dedicate a page to listing these requests.

Community Giving

The page is up at the top and called “Community Giving“. I hope that helps make it a bit easier for you to be part of the good we can accomplish together. If you have a cause you’d like me to include on this new page, click on over to see the information I need from you to be included the list.

{Modern} Relief – Japan

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Updated: Please see the Modern Relief Blog for an update on the fundraiser.
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No doubt you have seen the devastation in Japan caused by last month’s earthquake and tsunami. The modern sewing community is once again coming together to raise money to help those in need. Modern Relief – Japan is a modern quilt raffle. Tickets are only $10 and you have the chance to win one (or more) beautiful donated quilts.

Simply go over to the Modern Relief blog, purchase a $10 raffle ticket, and you will be entered in the drawing to win a donated quilt. Each Monday, (April 4th -May 16th, 2011) a new group of quilts will be featured. No matter when you buy your raffle ticket(s), you will have the chance to win any of the quilts featured during the entire reveal month and a half. Also, you can win more than one quilt, so buy many tickets!

All money raised will be donated to Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is delivering emergency supplies — including large shelters, tents, kerosene space heaters, blankets, instant rice and fresh produce — to families evacuated from homes in four tsunami-stricken cities in northeastern Japan.

Modern Relief Japan donation

I am donating my Off-Centered Innocence quilt to the raffle. It is a large quilt, measuring 60″ x 72″ and features fabric from Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush line.

I hope you will buy a ticket (or more!), donate to a great cause, and have a chance to win. Our goal is to raise $5,000, please help us get there!