Last weekend I spent a lovely day with some of my best sewing friends at our biannual catch up.
We bring our projects, sit and sew, do A LOT of talking and generally don’t get too much done, but that is the fun of it. No stress, just a day chatting about fabric, sewing, quilting, new patterns, new designs, new books etc etc etc…all that stuff our partners tolerate but don’t share a passion for!
Jackie, who has coordinated the #quiltblocksagainstviolence drive, was there and she bought TONS of blocks that everyone has made and donated. They were all so fantastic and colourful. We had the super fun task of pulling blocks and organising them into a quilt layout. My Mum always comes too and she donated this gorgeous baby/kids quilt that was fresh off her machine.
I love this picture – same block design but such different looking quilts, just because of different fabric choices! The blue and aqua one is mine and is almost finished – will share soon!
When Jackie started the #quiltblockstohealviolence drive, she was hoping to get enough to make one quilt. Thanks to the generosity of the amazing sewing and quilting community, she will have at least eight and more blocks keep rolling in.
I know many of my readers have contributed blocks after I posted about it a few weeks back – THANK YOU! – and if you are keen to know more and contribute, check out these details here and follow Jackie on instagram as she gives updates all the time and shares the progress of the quilts.
Jackie has also started a campaign to raise $2000 to pay for extras like batting, thread and postage so the quilts can be sent to the quilters who have donated their time and long arm quilting. You can donate here – every little bit helps.