A few weeks ago I had read in the paper about homelessness in the U.S. right now
and was astounded by the numbers for homeless families... particularly in NYC.
I called up a friend of mine, who I knew runs an organization
for getting families back into homes
from all walks of life. The organization Basics Inc. does so much more that this
like heath care, rehab, training. housing etc.
but I asked,
can your organization take any quilts?
do you have 700?
Well, I can tell you that really struck a cord with me...
So I went up a week or so ago, to the South Bronx, and toured their organization, met some families, brainstormed ideas, and I plan on doing a few other things with them to help out and do my part...
For a start:
Event has passed. See bottom for outcome!
To make me one
10 1/2" HOUSE block.
sewn down will be 10"
HOUSE BLOCK pattern below
YOUR CHOICE ON FABRICS.
small prints or solids seem to look best
think SCRAPPY AND HAPPY!
Hit the scrap bins!
You can use the below block,
(I'd like that very much please)
use your own house block
as long as it's 10.5" square
Thank you so much for your generosity.
2" X 10.5" royal blue
2" X 6.25" blue
2" X 2" red
2" X 3.25" blue
take one blue 3.25" X 3.25" cut in have diagonally
take one 3" X 6" rectangle (yellow)
cut to the three inch point to make triangle (discard the little yellow triangles)
take one 3" X 8.75" red rectangle
cut 45 degrees on either end
I may have a funny way of putting together my triangles... but it does actually work..
line up the bottom edges of the triangles right sides together,
the blue will stick over the edge a bit, sew your 1/4" seam
with the red piece allow quarter 1/4" of yellow to over lap, sew 1/4 seam
again line up your bottom edge of blue triangle with red, blue will over shoot by 1/4"
very goofy I know, but it works, see...
and trim the little bits that stick over above
(don't look at the background grid in this photo it's wrong)
2" X 5.5" (yellow)
2.75 X 3.75 navy blue
1.75 X 3.75 yellow
1.75 X 3.75 navy blue
5.5 X 5.25 navy blue
PLEASE NOTE: the door way is NOT centered on this block....
layout is the navy 2.75 block, then the 1.75 yellow, then the navy 1.75 block...
trim. I took .25 off the bottom... to square it up...
finished size is 10.5" X 10.5"
And if you want to add the heart, you can applique it, or not.. your choice...
colors listed are ONLY for what I did.
Please use what ever colors you want... small prints and solids look best.
I hope that is clear enough...
UPDATE! We gathered 550 House blocks, made 60 quilts and auctioned them off to raise $30,000 for Acacia Network (formerly known as Basics/Promesa)
Please visit BumbleBeansBASICS.com for ongoing projects!
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