Friday, April 26, 2013

Quilts for Boston!

Often times when something takes place that is so horrific as the bombing in Boston, you can feel at a loss for what to do.  And perhaps you live on the other side of the country as I do, or maybe even the other side of the world.  Well, you CAN make a difference!  Right now the Boston Modern Quilt Guild has sent out the request for those of you who might be willing to make a block and send it along to them.  They will assemble the quilts and get them to the folks.  Surely you can take a moment from your busy day to make one block and send it along in an envelope.  They have some criteria that they would like you to follow, not at all difficult, but it will help with a uniform effect and ease in piecing once the blocks are received. Their instructions and the address are below.  Thank you sisters for helping out with this worthy cause!  Please be sure to visit their Flickr site for inspiration.

We are asking the modern quilt community to support our efforts by sending us blocks for these quilts. Additionally, we will accept donations of fabric to be used for binding, sashing, and quilt backs. We would like to have the quilts ready to deliver to those in need as soon as possible, so we ask that you send your blocks to us within a month, by May 24th, 2013.

Blocks sent to the Boston Modern Quilt Guild should be blue, yellow, gray, and white. 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. Both print and solid fabrics are welcome. Our preference is white or light gray 100% cotton thread, but any coordinating thread of good quality will do.

Please consider adding photos of the blocks to our flickr group. This is not required, but it will be wonderful to share the blocks as we are making them and to see what people are working on.
Our goal is to make bright and modern quilts that will bring cheer to those who need it most! We chose this color scheme as these are the colors of the Boston Marathon, and have become the colors representing the OneFund, an organization formed to accept monetary donations for the victims, as well as the tribute tees sold to benefit the One Fund. Be creative with your blocks, and make any pattern or design that inspires you!

Please mail all blocks and fabric to:
Quilts for Boston
P. O. Box 79225
Belmont, MA 02479

Spread the word!

Sending off my two blocks today!


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