Ive been in touch with several of the quilters guilds who are participating in the Bushfire Quilt Project.
The link to the project on flickr with all the info is on the right of this blog and a bit further down.
Ive taken the opportunity to join in on the community quilting project cause A) hundreds of people shouldnt have had to loose their homes due to idiots deliberately setting the bushfires in the first place. B) my mum in law is from Sydney....really not all that far on the grand spectrum of things in relation to Victoria. She has agreed to help me out to send the stars to the people who are assembling the quilts. Its far cheaper for me to send the blocks to Sydney, where she and others are going to assemble the tops to get them shipped, then get them sent off to the folks with the long arm quilting machines to add the batting and bottoms to it. She made a posting about her thoughts on the fires on her journal Here.
Now....for those in the Toronto area who want to help out. I want to get these blocks sent on their way to Sydney by the end of march. I have 3 finised and 6 more almost done. If you want to send some stars to get them sent off to Sydney, you can either send it to the girls on flickr, or you can send some of them to me and I will get them sent off with mine to my mum in law who will take over from her end. I am aiming for an entire top which consists of 25 squares in total. If we can get more than that, the better.
My email address btw is firstname.lastname@example.org
The pattern for the stars that we are doing are http://quiltville.com/maverickstars.shtml , but remember to make each square 4 1/2 inches big before you sew them together. Each unfinished star block should be about 12 1/2 inches square. They are looking for light colored backgrounds, but you can make the stars themselves any color you want. Some people have put their names on them with washable permenant marker, and others, (like myself on one of my squares) have embroidered their names on them. For those who dont usually do quilting, try to stick to 100% cotton.
This is the first star I completed. Im not a huge fan of pink, but I had a fair few pink scraps....so I donated them to this cause. The flag you see in the middle was done with fabric pastels. Very fun to use, and they're like iron on crayons.
I have several other stars made with a shimmery snowflake background...it was on sale and such a pretty fabric (considering regular price it would probably have been about 13$ a yard), i just had to get a whole bunch of it.
The link for the flickr community, instrucitons, faq's and mailing directions are HERE
Edit/Update for March 2nd, 8:30 Eastern Standard Time
Ive got more blocks done. I will be embroidering them with my email address soon enough, but these are the finished ones...and there's more on the way....that makes 6 so far
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