Friday, July 23, 2010

Blocks in my mailbox.

I hadn't joined a bee until I was contacted by Rachel and invited to join her do. Good Stitches {a Charity Bee}. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful effort where quilters can pool their skills to provide quilts for children in need abroad through Wrap Them With Love.

Rachel is the quilter for our first month (August) and she asked us to provide two red and aqua blocks for a sampler. The only other guidelines were that they finish at 12", that we make two of the same block, and they contain no wonky cuts or curves.
I made a couple of pinwheel blocks. I hope these are what Rachel has in mind. It's crazy that I can have so many fabrics and so few aqua prints.

My first block was an eight point star, but it finished out too big to trim down to 12", so I went with the pinwheels.

The other set of blocks I'm passing off to the postman today are headed to Lucia's house.

Lucia is a very talented fellow member of the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild. She has a 32 year-old friend, Errick, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer and has just begun chemo treatments. Lucia is a generous soul who is using her gifts to bless others. Like me, her stash was a little skimpy on masculine colors and prints, so she has called for help and I hope that these blocks will fit the bill. They are on their way, Lucia.

I am so ready for my girl to come home from camp! It's so quiet around here. I haven't gotten nearly as much work done as I had hoped, but the house is clean, organized, and ready to pack as soon as Sean gets the boxes out of the attic. I've been keeping up with my Coconut hamstersitting duties. He's so stinking cute; I can't resist playing with him. I let him explore the coffee table (under my close supervision) because he can't run away and totally avoids the edges. I stacked the books up like stairs and he climbs up and down. He climbed into my bowl of perle cotton, but then started chewing on some purple, so that didn't work out. I think he misses Shea as much as I do. I'm praying for her group to have a safe journey back to Texas tomorrow and I can't wait to see her!


lej619 said...

aaahhhh coconut is soo cute. i had a hamster when i was a child too.

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Thank-you! Oh, the pinwheel blocks are perfect! I'm so excited to see this really happen. Hurray!!!

And, ya know, aqua was the hardest color for me to source too. Who knew?

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

P.S. If you have no use for the block that ended up too big, please send it with the others. I'll incorporate it into the quilt back!

Of course, if you have plans for it, please keep it :)

Anonymous said...

Melanie, the Trudy blocks are just perfect. Who knew we had some masculine fabrics hiding in our stashes? :) I really appreciate your help with this. I can't wait to get them to see how they all look together.

Kristyn Knits said...

how wonderful that she's so excited about your blocks! what a blessing you've been.

myBearpaw said...

your hamster is so cute! And I love all your good causes, well done!

Kathy said...

Hello. I wondered upon your blog this morning and wanted to leave a comment on all the beautiful photos and inspiration. I enjoyed seeing all the great photos on your hexagon quilt along! I found your blog through quiltalot who shared a link to your tutorial with the fix for the Anna Marie Horner Pin Cushion. I hope to give it a try, thanks so much!