8 Blocks for Block Drive
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Block Drive

Leanne @Devoted Quilter posted a week ago on Instagram about a fire at a senior’s home across the street from where she lives. Thankfully the residents all were quickly evacuated and unharmed, but unfortunately, the fire completely destroyed the home. There were 21 residents, and Leanne is organizing a block drive to make a quilt for each of the residents. To learn more about the block drive and how you can contribute, please visit Leanne’s Block Drive for Seniors Displaced by Fire post from Wednesday.

8 Blocks for Block Drive

8 Blocks for Block Drive

The block is a 10-inch finished (10 1/2-inch unfinished) courthouse steps block, which comes together very quickly. I used every print that came in a Cotton + Steel layer cake that I have had in my stash for a while (along with one additional red print) to make 8 blocks to send to Leanne.

Batting and Blocks Ready to Ship

Batting and Blocks Ready to Ship

Leanne mentioned that she needed backing fabric, binding fabric, and batting support as well. I offered to send enough Quilter’s Dream Dream Orient for 2 quilts and some binding fabric. However, Leanne already had received enough offers for binding (hooray), so I have the batting and blocks ready to ship to her.

In 2015, the quilting community was there for me when I asked for blocks to make quilts for local children in my area who needed some extra comfort, and I am glad I can extend my aid in return for others. I hope you consider making a block to send to Leanne.

27 thoughts on “Block Drive

  1. Lovely blocks for a great cause Yvonne.

  2. Michele says:

    I am already cutting and sewing a bunch of blocks!! Such a tragedy, I know that these quilts will bring some comfort to the senior residents.

  3. Alison says:

    This is wonderful! Love how caring the quilting community is. 🙂

  4. Your blocks look great! I’m working with the same navy C+S cookie print right now!

  5. Paula S. Pike says:

    I’m going to pull some of my stash and get busy. What a wonderful gift to give back to these seniors. Yvonne, thank you for sharing this with us.

  6. I like your blocks a lot. It’s always good to see quilters do nice things for one another. I just love that we’re a compassionate community, even though might be very different in other ways. Common ground is so important in a stressful world.

  7. Ruth says:

    Great offer of batting and backing too – so much goes into a quilt and it;s easy to forget about them.

  8. Wanda Bamberg says:

    And this is what we are all about, isn’t it? As human beings caring for one another. I fell on Wednesday so this is a really good time to sit quietly and make some blocks while the soreness subsides. .

  9. Fabrics are cut and will be sewn together today and posted tomorrow. I’m going to include some extra things she might need.

  10. Andrea H says:

    What a fantastic cause. We just placed my father in a home yesterday after a 2-1/2 week stay. Thankfully, with several quilters in the family, sending him with a quilt from home was a no-brainer. Others don’t always have that luxury. This post touches my heart deeply at the moment.

  11. Audrey says:

    Your blocks look great! Thanks for posting about this–totally reminded me to get my own blocks done. 🙂

  12. With many quilters all working together , this will be a huge success, and what gifts, they will be so appreciated,

  13. Beth LaMotte says:

    My blocks will be in the mail Monday.

  14. charmingbubble2 says:

    Sorry if this is a silly question what size is the centre square? The sides appear to be 2.5 is this correct?

    1. Cara says:

      It’s a 6.5 center and 2.5 side strips, but Leanne’s post said any size center was fine if you adjusted the side strips accordingly. She just needs all the blocks to be 10.5 unfinished. Have fun!

    2. There is no such thing as a silly question. Cara answered succinctly above. Full details on Leanne’s blog here: http://devotedquilter.blogspot.com/2017/04/block-drive-for-seniors-displaced-by.html

  15. It’s always a great feeling when you can pay it forward and help someone else. A few of us in our guild are making some blocks to send to Leanne.

  16. kaholly says:

    Your are so sweet and generous! I have 8 blocks to slip into Tuesday’s mail, as well. Newfoundland is my neighbor, so have to look out for her residents!

  17. Cara says:

    I sat down Saturday morning to make mine and the first fabric out of my scrap box was an Elvis fabric in bright green and blue. The block practically made itself from there.

  18. Kathie L says:

    Thanks for publicizing this appeal. I’ve already made some blocks and will probably add a backing also. Charity quilting is in my blood.

  19. Thank goodness no one was hurt. The fire sounds severe to have destroyed the whole building.
    Moving can be very disorienting for older people. My gran is still getting used to her new home, and she has been there almost a year.

  20. Oooh using a layer cake is such a good idea. I’m going to check in with Leanne and if she still needs blocks I’ll get out my C+S layer cake to use too.

  21. Beatriz says:

    I have many scraps and can certainly make a few blocks, where do i send them?

    1. Leanne is collecting all the blocks. I have heard she might have received enough offers for now, but please check with her. The post with details is here:


  22. I have been so overwhelmed by the generosity of this quilting community! Going to the post office is so much fun right now, lol.

  23. Such lovely blocks. I love how quilters work together to bless others.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)