I can talk about those 4-patches. A bunch went into this house block.
Cindy's Canada blocks, those 4-patches became a 6" finished heart block for the side of the house. A house filled with love and sunshine and bedecked with flowers. My wish for the recipient of the quilt of which this one becomes a part. Time hopefully can heal, lessen the pain and horror and anguish.
Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. (That link will take you to the explanation and details as to how you can help.) They are collecting house blocks to be made into quilts for the families of the victims of the massacre at a Québec City mosque. Such senseless violence in the sanctity of a holy place, not that anywhere else would be less of a horror, but in a place of such peace and reverence...innocent people, families bereft of a dad, or a grandpa, a husband, a son...I still get so emotional thinking about it. I immediately knew I'd make my 16" house block I designed. I resized it to 12" and yes there will be a tutorial for this size too. The 16" size is available here on the blog or in PDF form free in my Craftsy Pattern Store. The maple leaf is only 5" so I added two borders. Scraps for the maple leaf are from Windfall, the backing of Whirling Stars, and grass/sky/batik as mentioned. The chimney pieces were a perfect find in the bottom of my scraps bin, leftover Kaffe Fassett from the Three-Quarter Patch Tote I made for Craftsy (affiliate link) last year. Love it when serendipity strikes.
Love it when Bella strikes, a pose, that is!
|Decided the scrap bin was a purr-fect spot for a nest; playing peek-a-boo in a drawer|
I do not love it when I have to mail stuff, especially to another country from here. We had to send some stuff (happenings in those 12 days of the unquilty kind) via UPS and so I took my blocks in a reused 6.5X8.5" padded envelope to see what they would charge me, as they have regular postal services there too. Choke!! $16 First Class mail. According to her, that was the cheapest I'd get. I spluttered, "Thanks, but I'll see what the post office says. I took the exact same envelope to my local post office here in Florida. I got one of the two 'good' workers (there is one that will never try to help you find a cheaper way to send stuff) and she said, "Well, as it is right now, these two quilt blocks that weigh next to nothing will cost you either $9-11 to send. However..." as my eyes popped. This was almost half what the other girl had said postage would cost, but still exorbitant. She suggested I take them out of the reused padded envelope, which, btw, Preeti had used to send me a super-hilarious book written by various dogs, observations on human behaviour. It cost her $3.78 to send it to me. I know that is the media rate, and within the US, but still--! If I put these two blocks into a regular envelope, it could probably go for around $2.50, much better.
|I made my own envelope using regular paper. Gift card is there so you see the size, about 5.5X8.5"|
Despite these mysterious goings-on, both of which were simultaneously exhilarating and positive but somewhat stressful as well, I still did daily walking and noticing and marvelling.
Jasmine said to me a couple of years ago, with quilts.
The 150 Canadian Women Project has me, and plenty of others, anticipating Tuesdays like never before!
I cannot get over having made 42 6.5" unfinished blocks with those three baggies of scraps I brought with me. They don't feel much flatter; what's with that?! Blocks 41 and 42 made me so gratified that I save scraps as small as 1-1.5". Block 42 had four 4-patches made with 1.5" squares! I used 4 different lights for them, 2 different lights for the corner triangles and yet another different one for the centre. Didn't even have to cut that puppy out because I brought my drawer organizer of 2.5" squares with me! Can you spot the one rogue red 1.5" square in the bottom block?! Rather than cut into the dwindling piece of Debbie Mumm red check for the 8th square for the 4-patches, I cut one from the Windfall scraps, already a 1.5" little strip! That made me grin. I'm a simple girl; doesn't take much to make me happy.
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