On October 4th, Regina of The Queen Bee's Buzz started a drive to collect 4-patch blocks and to raise funds for the American Cancer Association in memory of her mother who lost her fight with cancer this past summer. October 4th was her mother's birthday.
Regina has started a blog for her project 4 Patches 4 Hope to keep track of the number of 4-patch blocks donated and the amount of funds raised. Details are simple... where to mail the blocks and how to make a donation are all included on this blog. Please know that you do not have to make a donation if you'd like to contribute blocks.
Regina's goal is 1000 blocks and $4,000 by February 28, 2012. The 4-patch blocks will be assembled into “comfort quilts” and donated to the
Anderson Medical Center in Anderson, SC and the Pluta Cancer Center in
I learned about this project from my blog friend Linda of Stray Stitches, who has already sent off her 4-patch blocks...
One of the easier blocks, Right Hand of Friendship allowed a variety of interpretations as shown on the Civil War BOW Flickr site.
I chose a two-color star and am pleased with the results.... however, others have also come up with some spectacular blocks! I am tempted to make several of these blocks just to have different versions in my CW quilt.
A long-time friend and her DH are down-sizing and she called to see if I would like some fabric. Of course, I said, "Yes!" ...and the copier paper-size box was sitting on my front porch yesterday afternoon. As you may imagine, the box wasn't in the house long before I had to open it.
On top, was a five yard cut of Jinny Beyer Blendables in a soft pink...
....followed by a Christmas-y green paisley of unknown maker since the selvedges were removed and the fabric had been washed. There is two yards of this fabric, which is 108" wide!
Next, was a Robert Kaufman print... large roses in a soft yellow gold. Two pieces, each two yards of the extra wide fabric, one washed, the other not. The roses are about 8" across...
After removing the gold roses, guess what I found?
...a plastic shoe box full of...
...fabric squares and triangles and diamonds and HSTs and oh my all the different fabrics!
Wow! The box is going to keep me busy going thru all the different fabrics... it is stuffed full!
If you see a Fabric Fairy, be nice to her... you never know what surprises she might have in store for you...
John'aLee of The Scrappy Appleyard has put out a second call for quilters with some red, white, and blue scraps to make a star block (8.5" or 12.5") so she can make five quilts for grieving family members... her daughter who lost her fiance a week before he was to return home...
...the mother and two brothers of the fallen soldier, and the soldier's best friend who was with him when he was killed in Afghanistan.
John'aLee has received enough blocks to make two quilts and has extended the deadline until November 31st.
Although I've sent a couple of blocks, I'm going to dig into my scrap bins and make a couple of more.
I'm thinking that if I can make one block per week until mid November, I can send John'aLee another five blocks.
Do visit John'aLee's block The Scrappy Appleyard and read the story and see all the beautiful blocks that have been sent already. Consider sending a block...
The Scrappy Appleyard
3218 Knobview Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Blocks can be 8.5" (8" finished) or 12.5" (12" finished).