Most of the time, I keep a to-do list. 2015’s to-do lists quite often had “Aussie Hero Quilt” scrawled in to a week I thought I’d have time. Unfortunately, I never found that time, and as I rolled in to 2016, I wanted to make this a priority. I’m super happy to say I managed to do so, and a couple of weeks ago I emailed JM at Aussie Hero Quilts, and asked her to send me the request list. As I looked through all the requests (there are a LOT of them!), there were a couple that jumped out at me – both for Hawthorn Hawks quilts! I emailed JM straight back and told her to sign me up for one of them. Given the send out date was only a month away, I took my enthusiasm and worked with it……
And just over a week later, I had this to show! Oh my god, I’m so happy with it! I started questioning my sanity (as did my friends on Instagram) choosing to work with brown AND gold, but I persevered, and I can honestly say – I think I managed to make brown look good! I also put my October #aussieaurifilclub thread bundle to use, using the variegated #6728 to quilt diagonally.
I tried hard to work from my stash, but truly, my brown stash was SO severely lacking that I made a trip to my local quilt store for a couple of prints, including the Pearl Bracelets. The quilt blocks are super simple to put together, and reminded me of the shape of a football, so was perfect for this quilt! My lovely friend Alyce helped me out with the quilt math – because I needed 7.5″ blocks, to make the perfect 42″ x 70″ quilt. I also used my favourite paper pieced letters – Quiet Play’s Just My Type pattern – to spell out HAWKS!
There’s plenty of Hawks inspiration around this household, I had no trouble at all for photography props hahaha!
And to round out the request, I whipped up a laundry bag for Mr CB too. The laundry bags are required to be pretty distinctive, so members can find their own easily amongst all bags! I picked up this groovy black and white print from Lincraft last week, and am hoping it will stick out enough!
And in breaking news – I printed on to fabric for the first time ever! I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised when the fabric came out of my printer perfectly! I may have gasped! After asking on IG how to set the ink, I soaked it in vinegar for five minutes, rinsed and dried, then pressed. It worked beautifully.
SO – here’s a challenge……. Next time you’re looking for a new project, or a charity to help out, why not check out Aussie Hero Quilts? I guarantee you will feel like you’re doing something great, and from all the feedback I have read online, the appreciation from recipients runs deep. We have SO many defence force members who would dearly love to receive a quilt and/or laundry bag, and I know JM would dearly love your help! You can find ALL the information here.