Monday, June 11, 2012

can you help?

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I love to support Margaret's Hope Chest and the work that they do. I'm happy to be teaming up with Carin once again. I wrote up a tutorial for a very easy ragged square block, which can be found here. Would you be willing to make a block (or several) and mail them to Margaret's Hope Chest? Then, on the weekend of August 25th, we are planning a sewing party where we, along with several West Michigan quilters, will be assembling the blocks into quilt tops. (More specific details to come.) I'd love to have them flooded with quilt blocks so we will be busy all weekend!
Just a few things....
Please make your quilt blocks monochromatic as stated in the tutorial.
The deadline for this project has been extended and is now July 31, 2012.

This would be a great way to use up some stash for a great cause. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks in advance!

52 comments:

Mama Pea said...

I will see what I can do! So, does this mean you'll be IN West Michigan????

Linda said...

Sounds like fun! I might do a few. I just sent off my Wrapped in Hope quilt a week ago. I did some blocks for the Wrapped in Hope bee last year, too. It was fun to see how Carin put all of them together. It was fun to see the others share their blocks on the flickr group, too.

Florence said...

how do the blocks stay unraveled,,,do you just cut off the ragged edges when and after it is washed, i just don't get this part???????? JUST wondering,

Jo said...

I'd love to help. I understand monochromatic, but can we use children's fabric in mono? I have blue boy dirt bike fabric that needs a good home...thank you for extending the deadline.
Boppiesgirl@gmail.com

amandajean said...

Jo, I'm pretty sure using the dirt bike fabric would be just fine.

AJ

amandajean said...

Florence,

The raw edges will fray after washing. There will be a few strings that need trimming at that point, but these quilts wear beautifully and get softer and quite cozy with use. There is a ragged squares quilt tutorial that I posted that will explain it in more detail. Hope that helps!

AJ

Books_Bound said...

This sounds like fun! I've actually been in Grand Rapids for the past month and wanted to make a kids quilt for their prison project, but I don't have enough tools with me to make one. Hoping I can whip out a quick one when I get home before their deadline for their visit, but it would have been nice not to have to mail it. :)

Wanda said...

I'm going to try to make a few too. worthy cause...thanks so much for all your ideas too...

Kelli H said...

Silly question but I am assuming that even though I am in the UK I could get involved??

Khris said...

What an inspiration you girls are. Well done to everybody...I will try and get some blocks done next week and send them over....from Oz it would take about a week to get there...hugs Khris

Smitha Katti said...

This is so awesome! I will seriously try to do this. Good luck!

lori said...

Yes, I will make a few blocks!

Margarida said...

I'm goping to put this on my diary :-)

m.cattani said...

I'm a new quilter, and am up in Canada, but I take this as a challenge to practice and get some blocks to Margaret's Hope Chest :) This will be my first interaction with the quilting community and I look forward to it!

Cheerful Homemaker said...

I'll try and make a few! I have tons of purple fabric that I feel like I'll never use ;)

Kim said...

Sure I can help. I think of it as a little thank you for all your free patterns and inspiration you have so generously given us.

Happy Sewing

April said...

yay! this will be fun. :)

Anonymous said...

Would you be interested in an almost complete quilt top? The blocks are not monochromatic, but a red/tan/blue mix, they are sewn into rows, and the rows need sewing together. I'm just not loving it and it will probably languish in my UFO pile forever. Please let me know if you would want it, and I can mail it to you. Thanks.
Anne Simonot
annesimonot@sasktel.net

capitolaquilter said...

I'd love to send some blocks. Thanks for the tute. What a wonderful quick pattern. I'm going to keep it in mind for charity local quilts.

Books_Bound said...

For this block, does it matter if the fabric is pre-washed? I'm generally not a pre-washer, but I didn't know if it might matter with these. Thanks!

Dorothee said...

Whereabouts in Michigan will this be? I will be on holiday north of Traverse City and would love to help.

Greetings from Germany!

megstring said...

I will send a few! Not sure of colors yet....thinking blue.

Mary Jo said...

Sounds like fun. I will make blue, purple and grey. Grey might be a change for values but I have some nice greys. I will get going and send them off.

KateKwiltz said...

Ooh! Would love to help put them together! I think the renters leave the cottage that weekend, so I might be in town! Send details!

Kristine Hanson said...

I would love to help, will start cutting out some squares today :)

tink's mom said...

Count me in. I'm mid organizing my stash by color. Great time for this request to pop up.

Kim said...

Wow what a fun block...I made 4 in about 30 minutes....they are on the way :0), I even blogged about it to see if I can reach anyone else who will help. What a nice thing to do :0)

Happy Sewing

Jill S. said...

I'll make some!!!

Andrea said...

This sounds like a nice, quick break from the 90 stripped blocks I've working on!

Ruusukvartsi said...

I´ll make some, don´t know yet the colors.

Clair said...

I need to make some blocks...though my sewing students yesterday made a dent in my scraps.

bethanndodd said...

Count me in for at least a few. Smiles~Beth

Michele said...

Absolutely. I'll get a few there before the deadline.

Texas JennyWren said...

Do we need to let you know if we are planning on sending you some blocks? I am going to make it a priority and see what I can do.

Anonymous said...

count me in, I would love to make several for you

Lindsey said...

I'll be making and sending a dozen. Thanks for the excuse to sew for such a good cause, and to clean out my stash a little. :)

SeeLifeMarvels said...

Mine have been made and are just waiting to be sent. In the mail tomorrow.

Nancy McIntyre said...

Oh, I will make some.. not sure on colors.. stash is limited, and I am planning on coming in that weekend to help! Need more details on that... where are you staying sista? miss ya!

Nicole said...

If I am reading the colour count correct grey is needed? In any case It is likely what I will send, unless you object onc eI get cracking on the blocks I will also blog about it, must be some other Ontario, or Canadian, quilters that will get involved, and the blocks seem super simple. Thanks for the heads up!

amandajean said...

Books_Bound,

no, i don't think the fabric will need to be pre-washed. i'm not pre-washing mine.

aj

amandajean said...

Kelli H,

Absolutely! Your help from the UK would be much appreciated.

aj

amandajean said...

Dorothee,

It will be in Grand Rapids. I hope you can join us!

aj

amandajean said...

Texas JennyWren,

No, you don't have to let me know. if you get around to making them and popping them in the mail to MHC, that would be wonderful. Thanks so much!

aj

amandajean said...

Nicole,

Yes, it looks like grey is in the colours needed. I'm glad you asked...i didn't realize it was included before. :)

thanks in advance for your help and for spreading the word!

aj

jirons42 said...

I've got my squares sent in. As I live in Grand Rapids, I'm really looking forward to the sew-in. I had such a wonderful time at the last one!!

Donna said...

I would be delighted to make a few blocks. What a great project!!

Donna in Michigan

Quilt n Queen said...

I definitely have some stash that I will be able to use. I'm happy to help support this great cause...I'm hoping to have some quilt tops and hopefully a couple of completed quilt tops too.

Suzanne said...

What a cute block for a great cause. I think I can surely find a few minutes to sew up some of these. I love that you put your energy to supporting good causes!

Di~ said...

I love that block. It is my friendship block from my quilt group. I asked them to use their favorite fabrics in one color. They sure had a hard time sticking with one color. I have it in top form and plan to machine quilt it, following your tutorial, next month. It's a fun and easy block. I will send...

Rachel said...

I'm "in". Any color y'all are "light" on?

Rene' said...

Great idea! Count me in! I'll actually make some at our retreat and give them to you then.

Erika L. said...

At least 6 blocks on their way!