Friday, 20 February 2015

'Siblings Together' Quilt Bee - Foundation Pieced Block

I'm getting quite excited about this, you could say I have a (Quilt) bee in my bonnet... No? ok.

For anyone who didn't catch my previous post on the matter, I'm rousing a few local quilt enthusiasts to help me create some quilts to donate to the lovely people at 'Siblings Together' a UK based charity aiming to reunite brothers and sisters living in separate care placements through days out and residential retreats.

So the date has been set for Sunday 29th March, the location 'Make & Do' in Brislington, Bristol and I've been wracking my brains as to what we could work on...

It needed to be something suitable for individuals to work on independently (post friendly too) and I thought a scrap busting element would be perfect for getting people donating fabric. So here it is then -a foundation pieced 'String' block. It looks impressive but it's a surprisingly simple method.

This phenomenal example above is by Ashley over at 'Film in the Fridge' and there's a fantastic piecing tutorial as well. Instead of going for a kaleidoscope effect I thought we'd work on a single colour theme for each 4 square block keeping it gender neutral as I'm told that there tends be a lean towards girly quilts -so lot's of brights! Let's leave out the pink and try to reign in those florals people!

So to round up, if you'd like to come along it's completely free (though small change donations towards the wadding and backing would be very gratefully received!) and as well as step by step piecing instructions I'll be providing tea and coffee -there has also been talk of cake!

All you need do is turn up though if you're able to bring along as many small scraps of fabric as possible and perhaps a sewing machine (we have 3 available at the store) that will definitely ease the process.

If you're not able to come along then feel free to pop a block or two in the post (ideally to arrive before the 29th so we can factor them in). My own project specific tutorial and postal address will follow shortly.

Huge thanks to Kirsten for letting us utilise the shop and thank you all for your support! See you there x

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