Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Quilting for Boston

Here in Boston we're still recovering from the events surrounding our beloved Boston Marathon. While I was not at the event, I do know several people who were there, fortunately none of them were injured in the bombings.

As always, quilters are quick to get on board and do something positive for the community. I've found two organizations that can use our help. Please note that I am not affiliated with either organization, I'm just sharing the information.

Boston Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring Quilt for Boston.
I've pasted some information below. Deadline for them to receive blocks is May 24th. More information on the project can be found here.

Please follow these guidelines when constructing and submitting your blocks:
  • To give these quilts a cohesive look we chose the colors of the Boston Marathon: blue, yellow, gray and white.  Both print and solid fabrics are welcome.
  • All blocks should be 12½” tall x the width of your choice. That could mean 12½” x 7”, 12½” x 12½”, or anything wider, more narrow, or in between. 
  • Please machine piece your blocks in any style you would like.
  • Please use only “quilt shop quality” 100% cotton or cotton/linen fabrics. 
  • Our preference is white or light gray 100% cotton thread, but any coordinating thread of good quality will do.
Please mail all blocks by May 24th, 2013 to:

Quilts for Boston

P.O. Box 79225

Belmont, MA 02479

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring To Boston With Love
This project is requesting small flags that will be hung as a banner. More details are forthcoming. Once again, I've pasted some information below. The information on the project can be found here. The deadline for them to receive flags is May 21st.

Theme: Love, Hearts, Peace (Need some inspiration? Check out this post full of tutorial links!)
Style: Modern
Colors: Uplifting bright colors – see the recommended color palette below

colour palette 
Option 1: two pieces 6 1/2″ X 8 1/4″
Option 2: one long piece 6 1/2″ x 16″ (see step 1 for design direction)
Both Options: 16″ x 1 1/2″ long strip for the binding /tie (Please do not use bias binding as it is stretchy)

There will be a number of flags on each bunting and we have to take weight into account. We’d also like the flags to hang softly and not be stiff. For this reason please bear the following in mind:
- No batting between layers.
- If appliquéing your design on, please use lightweight materials for fusing.
- If using buttons or any other sewn on items, please keep them to a minimum.
- If using fabric ink use the washable and iron-able kind, and be sure to heat seal it. Please do not use puff fabric ink or the fabric pens that are not iron-able. The same applies for your name on the back. These need to be iron-able.

All guilds should set a delivery deadline for their members based on the fact that all strings of buntings should be in Boston no later than May 21, 2013.

Deadlines are short for both projects, but I want to encourage all of my quilting friends to participate in both of these projects. I am going to make a block and a flag. Please send me a photo if you participate and I will post it on my blog.

Pugs and kisses,

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