Monday, June 7, 2010

Rainbow Around the Block:

Good morning Jen!  Hope you got a good night's rest after your crazy tour of Texas and Tennessee.  Words can't say how glad I was to spend time with you last week. 

I don't have a project to post about today, but I do want to post about someone else's project.  We've both gone on and on about our love for Anna Maria Horner's fabric, and now she's really done it with this:

Here is the mission, from the project details:

Not everyone can be on the front lines of an effort like flood cleanup and rebuilding, but we believe that there is always a way to help. So many families lost their homes, cars, and all their belongings during the floods of May 2010 in Middle Tennessee. As they begin their rebuilding process, we hope to combine the efforts of generous quilters nationwide in order to make as many quilts as possible to distribute to families who are in need of new items for their homes. It is a simple mission, but its one that we hope will be far reaching and one that will give homemade comfort to as many people as possible.

We talked about quilting when we were together last week, and I'm thinking this would be a great way to get my feet wet and do something helpful at the same time.  You've already had some practice making your "scrappy squares", would you want to join in on this project?  The deadlines are very reasonable, all the way up to September.  Here are some more details, also from Anna Maria's website:

How You Can Help:
Just like any good charitable effort it all starts on your very own block. In this case it starts with your quilt block!

If you're a quilter:
We are accepting unfinished 12.5in x 12.5in quilts blocks (12in x 12in finished) preferably in a monochromatic color scheme (or two main harmonious colors, like red/orange, or blue/green etc.) in any patchwork style that you'd like. Please also keep in mind that just because we are asking for blocks that are relatively singular in color, that we still encourage all shades, including neutrals and murkier tones, i.e. it doesn't have to be just rainbow brights. There is no limit to how many blocks you can send.

If you're a quilt shop or a quilt guild:
You can most certainly help to spread the word by printing out Rainbow Around the Block info sheets posting them in your business and distributing to customers or fellow quilters. You could also serve as a drop-off spot for the quilt blocks and once you've collected several for each of the deadlines we'll help you get them shipped to us. Just email for help with the details.

If you're a (semi)local Nashvillian:
With the help of some local Nashville volunteers, we will assemble the quilt blocks to make as many quilts as possible. Please contact us to let us know about your willingness to help out at

If you have some new or lightly used quilts that you don't need:
We will also accept donations of completed quilts in any size or style.

If you just want to help but don't sew:
At the request of several (mostly good-hearted non-sewing individuals!), we've also created a Paypal account that can receive monetary donations in any amount to help us offset some of the costs, such as shipping and materials, that will arise out of running this project. You can make a donation with your Paypal account or credit card by clicking the DONATE button below and thank you so much for doing so. Any funds raised above the Rainbow Around the Block project needs will be donated to an organization to help feed hungry families in Middle Tennessee.

What do you think?  I know I can make at least a few squares..........

Jenny-mini-button Hello sweet friend! It was so wonderful to see you last week! I love this project that the awesome Anna Maria Horner is spearheading and would love to make a few squares. Sounds like a great opportunity to further use up all my scraps, for a wonderful cause!


  1. That is a great idea I am going to be getting a sewing machine soon and was planning on trying some quilt squares. But what is the difference between finished and unfinished?

  2. I believe unfinished means your edges are "raw" or unseamed. In other words, unfinished means your square still has an unused seam allowance. Finished refers to when the square is sewn to the rest of the quilt pieces, and using that seam allowance from your unfinished square. Hence the smaller measurements on the finished square. I think they're just letting you know how much seam allowance they'll require.

    Does that make sense?


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