Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kids Helping Kids!

Hi, all!

I wanted to share this picture with you - the children in our church decided to join in the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge this year when they found out that one of the charities was quilts for Ethiopian orphans.  They have been studying mission efforts in Ethiopia and this was a perfect tie in.  They worked together with the ladies in our quilting group to create seventeen quilts that were sent to Quilts Beyond Borders for distribution in Ethiopia.  

Carla from Quilts Beyond Borders has written a very sweet blogpost that features these quilts and some others donated through the Hands2Help Challenge that you can read here.  If you're looking for a place to donate a quilt for the 100 Quilts For Kids charity drive (you can read about that here), I would highly recommend these folks.  They do great work!!



Saturday, July 13, 2013

Blocks for crossing borders

I saw the posting from last week and knew I could particiapate in making slab blocks to send to Cheryl in Calgary.
I managed to do the 3 blocks in 2 evenings afterwork. So easy to put together.

They take so little time and really help with the scrap bin.  afterall they are 15.5 inch squares. A win all the way around.

I'm including the pic below because I thought it was so amazing how fast the lens of my camera clouded up when I took it outside for pictures.  The heat and humidity were brutal.


These blocks made it into this mornings mail. Thanks to Cheryl for taking on this awsome project.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Introducing Myself and Project:Quilt

Hi Everyone!  First, I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself.  My name is Cyndy but you might have seen me around the blogger and magazine world as Cynthia Brunz Designs.  I recently came across Quilts are for Giving when I was reading Sarah's blog and knew I wanted to contribute.

Early last year I started toying with the idea of leading a sewing group.  I wanted to create an opportunity for members to learn new piecing techniques, try out various aspects of quilting (like applique, paper-piecing, etc.) and challenge themselves with occasionally working outside their box.  I wanted a venue where creativity could occur without creating a situation where a bunch of UFOs were started to clutter everyone's sewing rooms.  The idea of giving was important to me so Project:Quilt was founded.

There are 12 women who meet once a month at Our Sewing Room.  Each month, a member of the group agrees to sponsor the project.  This sponsor then gets to choose the activity, they choose the organization that receives the finished project, they are responsible for getting the project to a finished form and they get to choose how much control they have in the materials that get used for their project.  After a few initial projects that focused on some basic sewing, cutting and pressing skills, we were ready to spread our wings...

So far the quilts have been amazing!  Here are just a few...

This wall hanging was made for Reaching Out Mentoring Program.  The sponsor supplied the black fabric to unify the quilt and everyone else provided the solid colors for their block.  I love the personality each word projects.  It is hanging in their Mentor Center at Lincoln Middle School for both the students and the mentors to enjoy.

This fun lap quilt was made for a fundraiser supporting the Lane County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit.  The sponsor supplied the unifying navy blue fabric and everyone else brought dog themed fabrics for their blocks.  We used Kate Conklin's fussy frames tutorial (found here) as a guide to make the blocks.


In this activity, we learned how to make 3D geese and pinwheels.  As the sponsor was donating this to a fundraising auction for Eugene Vocal Arts Ensemble, she donated her vast collection of music themed fabrics.  Rather than a large quilt, a striking bed runner was made.

You can follow all of our projects on our Flickr site - Each monthly activity is organized and captured through its completion.  And I will also be sharing each monthly project on this site as well.  All of the projects we do can easily be done by a group or an individual.
If you are interested in starting a group of your own, feel free to contact me.  I am more then happy to assist you with getting started.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Crossing Borders

It seems there have been more natural disasters lately.  And in each one, whatever country in which it happens, our neighbors need help to recover and move on.  Cheryl at Dining Room Empire has started a Quilt Block Drive - you just have to make a slab of color. 

As Cheryl says, "Thank-you so much for continuing to think of us here in Southern Alberta. Now that the emergency situation is behind us it is time to think about recovery. Quilts go a long way towards that."

Here's mine that I will be sending along:

Have another one almost finished.  These would be great stash busters as the slabs are 15.5" square.  You just sew the rectangles together and square them up.