Bernie @Needle and Foot blogged today, and it really captured my attention. I live in California, and the state is currently besieged by wildfires. While I was away on vacation, a fire started 3 miles from my home, and I made a short list of 3 things that I sent to a friend to remove from my home if necessary: my cat, our fire safe, and the backup hard drive for our computers. Thankfully the fire was contained quickly and I don’t think any homes were ultimately damaged. The same is not true for the large Butte fire north of me. Over 75,000 acres burned with a loss of 535 residences. Per Bernie @Needle and Foot:
Kerri of “Kerri’s Quilting” in Lakeport, CA, is putting together a few quilts for some of the quilter’s that lost not only their homes, but their quilting supplies and fabric. I think this is such a sweet thing to do. Providing something handmade as an expression of love and concern will hopefully bring comfort to some of our fellow quilters.
Would you like to help? Here is what Kerri wants:
“If you would like to help turn ashes to beauty please make a quilt block – applique a heart in the center of a CUT 10” square using pastel colors, sign your name and town and mail to:
1853 N. High St.
Lakeport, CA 95453
The blocks will be set together to make quilts for at least 5 ladies that I know of who lost all their sewing/quilting things in the fire. The deadline for mailing is October 8th.”
As a thank you from Jaftex for participating in their 85th anniversary blog hop, I received an extra bundle of Fusion Illusion fat quarters, and I will also be shipping Kerrie that extra bundle and other fabrics from my stash to hopefully provide the women with a small start to rebuilding their lost stash.
And this is all the extra fabric I will send along with the #HeartsForButteFire blocks to help rebuild the stash of quilters who lost everything in the #ButteFire. It isn't the full @blankquiltingcorp Fusion Illusion FQ bundle (I used 4 Fqs from it for the back of the #PrismaticRainbowQuilt), and that is a homemade jelly roll of rainbow @robertkaufman Kona solids from the #CocoaLeafMedallionQuilt along with large wraps of fabric left over from recent quilt backings.
Heart Applique Block Tutorial
After selecting my paired pastel fabrics, I cut the background block to 10.5-inches square. I like to make the background block a bit over-sized on an applique block so that I can trim it down to size and square after the block is complete.
On the wrong side of the fabric for the heart, I ironed on Pellon 805 fusible web and traced an outline of a heart. Here is a PDF template for the heart pattern I used. The heart template I created is based on a paper pieced heart pattern by Lindsey Rhodes @LR Stitched, which I found on Sew Mama Sew and used for the Myer Family quilt. I really like the horizontal reference line on the heart and after tracing the heart on the paper backed fusible web, I also drew indication marks at the horizontal line.
Prior to peeling the backing off the fusible web, I fold the heart horizontally along the indication marks. I also folded the background fabric in half both ways and used the folds and natural heart shape points to center the heart on the block prior to ironing in place.
After stitching around the edge of the heart, I press the block flat and then trim down to the finished 10-inch square size.
I hope these blocks help comfort a few quilters who have lost so much, and I would love to know if this post or tutorial inspires you to contribute blocks as well.