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A call for blocks... if you feel so inclined...
This is my friend Chelsa.
We went to college together. She is a sweetheart of sweethearts. And sassy, and kind, and genuine...
She lives in another state, so I rarely see her. A few months ago, I was heartbroken to learn that she was diagnosed with bone cancer. They told her it was incurable. You can read her story here, but bring tissue with you.
Every time I thought about her, I got anxious and sad. And I wanted to do something.
I can't really give her money.
I can't see her easily.
But I CAN make her a kick a** amazing quilt. One that is so beautiful it pains me to give it away. And I can pour in to it all my prayers and love and blessings.
I thought, and thought -- and one morning, I decided her quilt was going to be made of scrappy sprouts. Ones inspired by the famous Orla Kiely motif. Ones that look like my favorite time of a garden (when those little sprouts are just popping up). And ones that are made of perfect, beautiful little pieces of fabric. (With mixed neutrals for the background of course.)
So I made a couple blocks.
And as I thought about it, I thought -- maybe my other beautiful bloggy friends would like to put a block or two in to her Blessings quilt.
Kristie, and Michelle, and Cherie sent me some blocks to add to my own, and they are so beautiful together.
I'm not writing up a full tutorial (there is a for sale pattern out there that is a little bit similar), but here are the cut sizes (unfinished), and I'm guessing many of you should be able to figure it out by this. The block measures 13 1/2" x 6 1/2" unfinished, and each of those little square sections are 2 1/2" unfinished.
If you would like to contribute a block (or two), you need:
- monochromatic scraps of any bright, fresh color for the sprout (quilt shop quality fabric please)
- mixed neutral scraps for background (some solids or linen mixed in is fine)
- a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" scrap of green for the "stem"
- all the love, prayers, blessings, good thoughts, and best wishes you can shove in to a quilt block
Email me when your block is ready, and I'll send you my mailing address.
Chelsa doesn't know I'm doing this. But I can't wait to send her her quilt. I'd love to have it for her for Christmas, so if you could send blocks by November 20 or so, that would be wonderful. :) (I need at least 40 blocks for the lay-out I have planned, if you were curious.)
In other WIPs --
- working on the pattern for my Cosmic quilt
- Trying to finish quilting the Pickledish!
- Trying to figure out buttonholes for a dress for Scarlet!
- Praying my dad's harvester stays strong for the last 10 acres! (Jay's already broke down! gah!)
Linking to Lee's WIP Wednesday! (when it's up -- yes I posted a little early)