OK, I have to get something off of my chest. Back in November 2012, I was inspired to make quilts for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. I asked if folks who read my blog wanted to help, and boy oh boy, what a response! Hundreds and hundreds of quilt blocks poured in from around the globe for months and we ended up donating more than 50 quilts. And then I ran out of steam. I eventually forgave myself for giving up - we all have our limits - but the problem was that I still had donated quilt blocks left. What to do with those? People donated them with the understanding that they would be made into quilts to give to those in need. I tucked them away while I pondered what to do with them...
And then I came across them again while looking for the Block Lotto blocks that I gave away in the Quilty Orphan Adoption event last week. I feel so guilty that they never became quilts to comfort those who were going through rough times.
But then I thought of all of you who threw your name in the hat for the Block Lotto blocks and all the charity sewing you do, and thought, hey, maybe I should offer the blocks to some of you doing charity work so that YOU can sew them into quilts to give to those in need. That way, they'll be used in the spirit in which they were given. Are you game?
If you want a set or two (or three, or more) of blocks to make quilts for charity in the US, let me know below. I'm trying to do some clearing out this week before school starts back again on Monday, so let me know in a comment 1) which set(s) of blocks you are interested in - don't be shy, if you are interested in all of them, just say so, I want them to go to someone! and 2) which charity you would be sewing for. (if you are a no-reply blogger, please include an email address so I can contact you). If more than one person is interested in a set, I'll let Random Number Generator decide who gets each set on Friday morning with the goal of all sets hopefully being mailed out by Saturday at the latest. I am happy to mail multiple sets to each interested person. Maybe then I can absolve myself of the lingering guilt over these unused blocks!
(Please know that with very few exceptions, I did not make these blocks so I cannot attest to their workmanship or fiber content. I can tell you that they have been in a smoke-free, dog-friendly home these past nine years. Please also know that I am not going to press the blocks before mailing - that is A LOT of pressing! And I'm only willing to mail to the US as this will add up to quite a bit of postage as it is.)
Set A: Eighteen 12.5" solid sampler blocks
Set B: Thirteen 12.5" Black and White Sampler Blocks
Set C: Ten 12.5" Autumn Sampler Blocks
Set D: Thirteen 10" x 11.5" Pastel Stack & Whack Style Star Blocks
Set E: Six 13" Scrappy Orange, Blue and White Blocks (actually found these in a box of scraps I received this year)
Set F: Six 12.5" Green & White (& Pink) Star Sampler Blocks (not donated, but made by me as I was playing with ideas for a class I taught at my shop years ago)
Set G: Eight 12.5" Sampler Blocks that all include the same multicolor leafy print (not donated, but blocks I won as part of a challenge my guild had many years ago)
Set H: Nineteen 6.5" x 8" Green, Yellow & Beige Delectable Mountains Blocks
Set I: Sixteen Identical 8" Two-Fabric 16-Patch Blocks
Set J: Ten 9.5" Scrappy Nine-Patches
Set K: Forty 4.5" Scrappy Blocks (22 of the Green & Cream, 18 of the ones with black corners)
Set L: Fourteen 12.5" Scrappy Nine-Patches
Set M: The Motherlode!! One Hundred & Two 12.5" Disappearing Nine-Patches (NOT all the same size or cut the same - this was the block I chose for the Hurricane Sandy Quilts I made and these are the leftover blocks after making dozens of quilts from these blocks)
Let's cover some folks with some quilty love, shall we?