Monday, 16 February 2009

Star blocks

When I was going through blogs and Flickr, I found a great way to participate in helping the people who lost their homes in the Australian bush fires. Tia in Australia is organizing a quilting bee to make quilts for those people. You can send 12" blocks to her, and she and her quilt guild will sew them to tops and quilt and bind them. She recommended the Maverick star using 4.5" squares and a light background. One tutorial is here. The Quiltville tutorial is using 2.5" squares, but for the 12" blocks you make the squares 4.5".


I had been making the smaller star blocks for a while for another project, but now I took an unbleached white calico from my stash and cut it up for this project. It was enough for 12 blocks, and this morning I aready sewed six of them.


So far I have only used two fabrics for the stars, but for the remaining six blocks I will find more colours. Tia was also looking for more masculine fabrics, and I think men's flannel shirts certainly are masculine.
There are other projects going on as well, like the Brown Owls' Restash a Crafter, the Handmade Help, Jan's string quilts with tutorial - make your choice! Every block helps, a donation made with warm, appreciating thoughts will be welcome.

7 comments:

  1. Great stars. We do forget about the men when we make quilts! How wonderful to contribute in so many ways. Thanks for all of the links.

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  2. Hi Ulla, I really like your stars. I agree we forget sometimes when making t hings that men might not like all our choices, need to think of them too. great job. I am working on mine too. take care friend. Hugs, Marie

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  3. I love the little liberated stars done in plaid...they are so fun! I am also participating in groups to help send blocks to Australian bushfire families but am checking out lots of other groups to add to a list to post about helping and tracked your blog back from the ozcomfortquilts' that JanMac started. I am also helping Tracey, ozcountryquilting mum...so we are all busy trying to help! Being 1/2 Finnish I was so interested in checking our your blog...and am glad that I did! With Heart and Hands Michele, Salem Oregon USA

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  4. My parcel to Robyn (Hexagons of Hope) is already on its way. If we all contribute a little bit, in the end it will be a great help!

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  5. You are very clever to make some blocks for the men too. I love those stars. I have never tried making one. Thanks for the pattern link!

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  6. What a great idea Ulla. I think those masculine blocks will be so appreciated.

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  7. Great idea! By the way, - I love makeing those stars. Thanks for reminding me of all the joy those stars bring me!

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