If you live in Australia, you would no doubt be aware we are at crisis point when it comes to violence against women and families. If you live overseas – I’m pretty certain that even if you are not aware of our crisis here, that someone in your vicinity, someone is a victim of such violence. Now, I’m not one to get “political” here on the blog, but I’m a pretty emotional human being and am not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. So when one of my quilty friends here in Melbourne – Jackie – decided to do something to help in some way, I was happy to put my hand up.
Jackie decided she would put the call out for quilt blocks, and would put together some quilts to donate to domestic violence shelters and charities – and let the families going through this know that they are not alone. I whipped up a couple of blocks and sent them to Jackie a couple of weeks ago, and then put my hand up to quilt and bind one. Jackie sent me the first quilt top last week, and today – it was finished!
30 awesome and colourful blocks sent from quilters all over, put together to make a rainbow quilt. This is going to give some comfort to a family, which makes me very happy indeed.
The request for blocks included specifics – low volume background, with brightly colours centres. The colours really do pop – even on a dreary Melbourne day.
The thing I love about collaborative quilts such as this is the eclectic mix of prints. You could see the makers put a lot of thought in to their selections, which makes them even more special.
The block tutorial we have all used is the Tic-Tac-Toe block from Blossom Heart Quilts, which you can find HERE. They’re super quick blocks to put together and are a breeze to get through! When it came to quilting, I didn’t want to take away from the gorgeous blocks, so stuck with a simple meandering design, using a neutral #2309 Aurifil 40wt thread.
If you’d like to know more about Jackie and her block drive, head on over to her Instagram Account HERE and let her know you’re keen to help out! It is SUCH a thoughtful idea, and I know will be well received when the quilts start being handed over to families in need.
A big thank you shout out to Angie @ Gnome Angel for the gorgeous donation of backing fabric for this beauty.