Thursday, September 10, 2009

Binding Bee Scheduled

For those of you who contributed String-Pieced blocks to make two quilts for Australia Bush Fire relief, we've planned a binding bee to finish the quilts.

Binding Bee
Saturday, September 26
9:00 a.m. to noon (doors open at 8:30 for set-up)
West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 8th and Grand, WDM
Enter at the ground floor; go to Wesley Center (same room as August 29)

I will demonstrate/teach my favorite method of sewing binding to a quilt. This method is different than the method taught in Stitchin' Mission classes.

By September 19, please let me know if you plan to attend and be sure to bring with you a small sewing kit that includes a hand-sewing needle and snips, and a thimble, if desired. Thread will be provided.

In a desire to help you understand the losses in Victoria, Australia, here are a couple photos of the aftermath of February 7, 2009, a day now referred to as "Black Saturday."

I took this picture from my window seat on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne. I believe it's near the Kinglake area, where some of the worst devastation occured, and 173 lives were lost. The burn area is in stark contrast to the green around it.
I took this photo outside of Bendigo, Victoria.
All together, more than 2,000 homes were burned.
On a cheerier note, take a look at just some of the quilts that have been donated toward this effort of collecting 7,000 quilts!
It's heartening to know that quilters, all around the world, do care.

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