My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Friday, March 24, 2017

Community sewing

How convenient it is that the blocks I have to share today all fit nicely under the title of community blocks! Sometimes I really have to scratch my head to come up with a blogpost title that encompasses everything I'm talking about but whew- not today!
First of all I made a healing heart for a friend, using *this* tutorial by Allison of the Cluck Cluck Sew blog —
Allison has a chart for making all different sized blocks so I was inspired to make a couple more hearts for the Arohanui block drive Adrianne of On the Windy Side is having. She is making quilts to donate to the Aotearoa Quilters Cosy Kiwi Kids programme - at the moment these quilts are going to families with children in Kaikoura and earthquake affected areas.
She's asking for 12  ½" pre-quilted blocks that she can sew together Quilt-as-you-go style.
After the first heart —
I had enough scraps of the red flower fabric to make a smaller heart and frame it. I much prefer this second block so wish I'd done this for both blocks. Never mind.
Then I hunted out an orphan block, (more about this *here*), framed and quilted that, and so had three to send to Adrianne.
I hope they will fit in with some other blocks to make a lovely child friendly quilt :-)
Adrianne is collecting these until the end of the month so if you want to contribute I'm sure she would love to hear from you.

And to carry on the community theme, my local quilt shop is doing a fun little challenge this year, Friday's Village. Last year Moda ran this programme; this is a 'revved up' version with the inclusion of challenge fabrics we must use in our blocks. Fun.
In the two blocks below the yellow on the breast of the bird was the fabric —
This block, it was the red in the top house (I think they look like boat sheds) —
The blue print used in the silo tower is the challenge fabric below —
Also used in one of the roofs (or rooves? Apparently both are correct) here —
After making the above one I realised I'd made a boo-boo and the centre panel should have been another roof. It does look better.
Final photo with Emma, who wouldn't leave me alone! She supposed to be a farm dog but she doesn't realise it!
Sometimes it seems like lots of bits-and-pieces sewing but it's nice to have the variety! (If you can keep track of it all!!)
'till next time,
happy stitches,

29 comments:

Sandra Walker said...

Emma's a quilting farm dog! Great taste as those are lovely blocks!

sunny said...

Emma approves! The project with the prequilted blocks sounds like a great idea. And I love the idea of having to use a particular fabric in a block.

Sheila said...

Your blocks are lovely and Emma is a beautiful dog 😊

Fiona said...

well done with your blocks... having ready quilted blocks is a clever idea.... your houses look great too and I love the photoshoot with Emma...

Hugz

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

wow--you were all over the map with all these cute blocks--
great bright colors and very cheerful blocks--
And Emma just wants to be part of the fun tooooo!!!!
enjoy the moments, diane

Lisa J. said...

I love all the bits and pieces Raewyn. Community quilting is very satisfying isn't it.

Janet O. said...

Your challenge blocks look fun. And the bright, happy blocks you are donating should help bring cheer to a child.
Looks like Emma is guarding your blocks. : )

kiwikid said...

Besutiful heart blocks you have made Raewyn I am sure they will go into a beautiful quilt. The house/shed blocks look wonderful too, maybe Emma is becoming a model in her spare time??

Lesley said...

Your blocks are wonderful and look so beautiful arranged on the fence with Emma close by!

Julie said...

I love all your blocks hung along the fence like that Raewyn - just gorgeous especially with Emma in the picture too. Would make a great postcard. I have a friend making blocks for the Kaikoura quilts too.

Robyn Pidgeon said...

love all your blocks and... it tiring work pretending to be a farm dog...he he...

margaret said...

heart blocks look good, a worthwhile cause. Liking the houses too seem to think I downloaded the blocks last year with the good intention of making them sometime but you have beaten me to it

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Lovely blocks Raewyn, although it looks like Emma thinks they are hers :) The sew-a-long blocks are so cute and I love the fabric you used for the hearts.. xx

Connie said...

Love that last photo, they look so pretty hanging on the fence.

Linda said...

Love all your blocks. Lovely idea to photograph them hanging outside. Your three blocks for Adrienne are very pretty. I was pleased to see the three I sent her already in a finished quilt. The QAYG blocks all seem to work together somehow and make colourful cosy quilts.

Linda said...

Oops! Just looked at Adrienne's blog and saw the finished quilt again- I made 5 blocks, big wonky stars with two rows of perle stitching round the star.

desertskyquilts said...

What a great batch of quiltlets! I really like all your hearts. How great of you to help.

Suz J said...

Wonderful heart blocks Raewyn. I seem to have deleted Adrienne's blog from my blog roll so have missed out on what she is up to. Making quilts for Kaikoura is a wonderful objective. Also a great destination for orphan blocks!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Love all you have been sewing and I always love your stitching photography. What a sweet doggie x

Needled Mom said...

The hearts are lovely, but those houses are fabulous!

Maria said...

Beautiful Heart ❤️ blocks and lovely house blocks too Raewyn....
Love the photo of Emma ....

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sure love the Village blocks.

Karen S said...

This is a lovely collection of blocks and such a variety of different types. The shop challenge looks interesting and enjoyable.

KaHolly said...

That's a lot of fun, beautiful sewing! Wow!

Julie said...

Those hearts are lovely. Blog titles are the hardest things sometimes.

krislovesfabric said...

Wonderful blocks :)

Maker Joy said...

What a gorgeous assortment of blocks.

I love that quilting is such a communal affair. Though it's surprising just how many non-quilters I've met over the years that had the impression that quilting was a solitary effort.

I am said...

Hi Raewyn lots of amazing blocks there,well done.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

So many amazing blocks here ; just lovely! and Emma! :)