Thursday, July 2, 2009

Stringing Colors Update

Saturday, August 29
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
8th and Grand, West Des Moines

Stringing Colors blocks will be sewn into queen-sized quilts for Australian Bushfire Relief. (Read more about it and see pictures of quilts on the blog: Oz Comfort Quilts.)

The effort to make 4,000 quilts, one for every person touched by the February 7, 200 bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria, touched my heart. In April I saw, first-hand, a small part of the stricken areas, as well as interviewed quilters who are leading the relief effort. (My article about the bushfires and quilts will appear in the Oct/Nov issue of Quilter's Newsletter magazine.)

As some of you know, our daughter lives in Sydney, Australia. With the anticipated arrival of our first grandson in October, I will be returning to that lovely country. I anticipate filling a second suitcase with quilts for victims of bush fires.

Everyone is welcome to come and sew with us, including non-sew-ers! We'll lay out blocks, trying different arrangements, and then web-sew - a great practice opportunity! Non-sew-ers can help by running blocks between the design wall and sew-ers, and pressing (ironing).

Supplies needed are: sewing machine and notions, extension cord/power strip, iron/ironing board (Not everyone needs to bring all these supplies!), and a sack lunch. Drinks will be provided.

Here's a 34" X 47" quilt made with Stringing Colors blocks. It was made by our ever-industrious quilting friend, Norma. Charming, isn't it? Doesn't it make you want to rush to your scrap bin and sew?

Thank you to those of you who have turned in blocks. We're going to have fun playing with them on August 29!

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