Quilt Top for a Cause

Crazy enough for you? You may recognize some of these blocks. They were originally intended for the Mod Bento Box Swap last month using Ashley’s tutorial from Film in the Fridge. Well, between kids, company, vacation and other commitments, I really dropped the ball on that one.

But then I thought of a great way to redeem them…make a quilt top and donate it to Anna Maria Horner’s Rainbow Around the Block initiative. For those that haven’t heard, one of my *favorite* fabric designers AMH has been organizing a way for people around the globe to help those that lost everything in the middle Tennessee floods last May. She has been collecting quilt blocks and having a team assemble them into quilts to donate to those in need. It’s a tangible way to help and you can find more information here at the Flickr group or here on her website.

So my modified bento box quilt box received some new life. I only hope that the recipient really likes crazy quilts!

The final deadline is September 1st, so it’s not too late to donate a quilt block…or 10…or even a quilt top to this great cause.

Mod Bento Block Swap

I recently joined a new swap – really my only other swap other than the Sew New to Me Virtual Quilting Bee. The Mod Bento Block Swap is a centralized swap organized by Jessica over at Give it a Go. We are all creating blocks (as many as we want) based on Ashley of Film in the Fridge’s Modified Bento Box tutorial.

I’ve been looking at my fabrics…making piles…
Fabric Choices for Mod Bento Box swap

Fabric Choices for Mod Bento Box swap

Fabric Choices for Mod Bento Box swap

Fabric Choices for Mod Bento Box swap

Last night I made my first block.
Mod Bento Box for swap

I’m pretty excited about this swap – something about the unknown! It’s not too late to join. Here’s the details and the Flickr group.

ETA: Look at how much work I get done when the kiddos are at grandma’s house? 🙂 I finished 4 more blocks…here is a sampling from each of them.

Mod Bento Boxes

Finished Mendocino Quartered Bento Box Quilt

I finished my first Bento Box quilt today – just baby sized at 25″ x 25″.  It turned out really cute and I think would make a great tummy time mat for a baby girl.  As I was hand stitching the binding on this afternoon, my 5 month old son was cooing at the mermaids.  I think he’s in love.

I did a strip of the Mendocino fabrics used for the back.

An up close shot of the quilting, free motion.

ETA: Thanks for helping my photo make Flickr Explore for August 21, 2009!