Monday, April 21, 2014

Quilt Lemonade

The quilting community is a very generous group of people of which I am proud to be a part. Sometimes I think I will look for any excuse to sew something, especially if it is a quick and easy project for a child.
Last month, at Sew South Retreat, Valerie spoke about her favorite charity. It's called Lemonade International. You can read all about it here. It helps the poorest of the poor in Guatemala, those living in extreme poverty who are vulnerable to the outside influences that surround a dangerous community.
Val asked anyone who wants to help to make a quilt for a child who is living in the safe house that Lemonade International runs. 
I started a quilt that is at the top of my list to be basted and quilted. I have one quilt ahead of it and then it will be next on my list to finish. It's a really cute pixelated heart that I am sure a little girl is going to love.

Today I am sharing about the project my friend, Trina, has started. She is collecting Polaroid blocks and then will sash them and sew them all together into at least one quilt for a boy and one for a girl. I needed a small project to work on. Yesterday, I made 19 blocks (one didn't make it into the photo shoot) in just a short sewing session after Easter brunch was over.If you haven't made these blocks, there is a quick tutorial on Capiltola Quilter's blog.

Polaroid Quilt Blocks

Polaroid Quilt Blocks
I realized my stash is not very fussy cut friendly, but I did manage to find some cute child friendly fabrics to cut the 2.5" squares necessary to make these blocks.
Polaroid Quilt Blocks

Polaroid Quilt Blocks
I don't know which is my favorite block...the toaster, the bee
Polaroid Quilt Blocks

Polaroid Quilt Blocks
or maybe the camper van. No matter what, Trina will have a good start on her quilts.
Polaroid Quilt Blocks
If you would like to help there is a discussion started on the Sew South Flickr site. You can see it here.
Or you can contact me and I will get you in touch with Trina. Either way, it's a great way to help and super fast and easy.


Unknown said...

Hooray!!! Thank you so much, Di! I can't wait to start putting these quilts together! I hope I get enough blocks to quilt every kid in Project Lemonade! :)

ipatchandquilt said...

What a wonderful project!!!
Your "pictures" are gorgeous!

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Annabella said...

Such sweet blocks Di - what a generous thing to do.

Valerie said...

I adore you!! Thank you so much for all your help covering this community with love via quilts. I could have wept in relief when Trina offered to quilt some bee quilts! I have pulled some fabrics for some Polaroid blocks but still need to assemble. Yours look great!!

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

It's always great to find a charity or two that speak to you and get you enthused.

Lovely little blocks xxx

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute :o)

heart of charnwood said...

What a great idea for a fun quilt, love those blocks, especially the toaster :o)