So the first Quilt As You Go (QAYG) quilt for Mexico City street children is finished.
If you missed my original post on it please read here and the update is here.
If you would like to help you have two options: if you're up to making a whole quilt then it needs to be sent to an address in the Netherlands. It doesn't have to be your best work with your best fabric with all the points matching. It literally just has to be a quilt because however you make it, it will be loved and cherished. It really doesn't take long as both Hadley and Susan can testify.
If you have neither the time nor the resources how about making a quilted 12 1/2" (unfinished) block for me? Again, you don't have to fret about colours, patterns, styles...anything will do. Just grab some scraps and start sewing. Add a bit of batting and some backing, quilt it however you want and you're done. It takes 20 minutes tops to do one block. I got a couple in the post from Sarah yesterday so she'll also tell you how quick and easy it is to do.
The left and right blocks were sent to me and will be worked into the next quilt and the one in the middle I knocked up.
The blocks are being assembled with the QAYG method which is proving very simple (thank you everyone for sticking to a precise 12 1/2" !). They're all assembled randomly but I think still give an air of a fun and cuddly quilt which is what it is all about.
With this method you get a secondary patchwork quilt on the back.
The first delivery of quilts will go 3 March and it would be fantastic if a sizeable amount went on this first journey. However, deliveries will be made throughout the year so if that's too tight a timescale, don't worry. Please send what you can when you can.
And the front.
Soy amado? My GCSE Spanish eldest daughter and Google Translate tell me this means 'I am loved' which is what this quilt drive is all about. To just try and make a growing bunch of Mexican street children feel that there are people out there who care and are thinking of them. Not life changing for them I'll admit but all part of the little things that will add together to let them know they are not alone.
It is my intention to applique this on all the QAYG quilts I make for the children and if you are making a whole quilt, please feel free to add it yourself. It's quick (raw edge applique) but hopefully just adds that extra bit of care for them.
So how am I doing? So far, three whole quilts have been sent to the Netherlands and I have received four quilt block packages; one from Canada (thank you Anita), one from the USA (thank you Martha), one from the UK (thank you Anne) and one from Ireland (thank you Sarah).
However, as of today, there have been 664 views of my original post on making quilts for Mexican street children. Coupled with the fact that I read everywhere that the quilting community is such a supportive and giving place, I am sure that more blocks and quilts will be forthcoming.
Am I right?