Since the beginning of 2023, my friend Cynthia (Quilting is more fun than Housework) has been running a series of block drives. She then assembles the blocks she receives into quilts and donates them to her local hospital. These Compassion Quilts support multiple programs; from palliative care to a family housing program (similar to a Ronald McDonald house) to recipients that local clergy and social workers identify.
For the last quarter of 2023, Cynthia will be focusing the drive on quilts for kids and as such, she has requested the creation of “Happy Blocks“. The blocks are quick to sew together!
I don’t have the widest variety of novelty prints in my stash, but I do tend to keep a really nice selection of prints with rainbows of color (I love a good rainbow). I started with the rainbow prints as my centers and then looked for bright blenders in the requested popsicle colors to frame the blocks. I also remembered the fun airplane print and loved that I was able to pair those fussy cut airplanes with a few polka dot prints for the frames.
In addition to this block drive request, Cynthia mentioned that she could use thread to help keep this passion project going. I don’t tend to use the small spools of Aurifil thread that I have in my stash, so I collected up a variety of 50wt small spools that I had lingering. I also had a cone of 50wt Aurifil in a color that I never use, so I sent that along as well.
While the 12 Happy Blocks that I made for the drive would fit in a USPS flat rate envelope, I needed to up-size to a medium priority box to get the thread shipped. But then the box still had some empty volume, so I filled the rest of the space with the Dripping Stars baby quilt that I made in July. I’m confident that the blocks, thread, and quilt will all be put to good use.
Thank you, Cynthia, for your big heart and all you do. I’m so glad I had the time and prints in my stash that worked well enough to contribute to this block drive. If you want more information and would like to participate, you can read more about the Compassion Quilts and the current Happy Blocks block drive on Cynthia’s website.