Tuesday, December 27, 2011

one good deed

In late October, my friend Val posted on her blog that she was making a charity quilt for an auction benefiting the Heroes Foundation, which is a cancer support service based in Indianapolis. She got the most amazingly enthusiastic response from the quilt-blogging community, and I'm happy to be a small part of it. Here's my block, done in paper-pieced string style using a tutorial from Ashley at Film in the Fridge.
hero block

At the last count I saw, Val had received 33 blocks. Her (our!) quilt will be the spotlight item at the auction this spring.

If you haven't made a string block before, consider yourself warned: they are majorly addicting. I made Val's block during my weekly sewing circle. It was so incredibly fun, quick, and easy, that I just HAD to have another go. Just to make sure. So I scurried home and squirreled away into my studio to plot. The next day, this happened.
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You see, we got this new sofa, and it was just begging for a bright pop of color in our otherwise neutral family room. (the family room is dark, so this is in the sunnier living room. use your imagination.)
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And I happen to be a fabric hoarder have a lucky stash of Garden Party. And then.
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It actually feels pretty good to cut into it. Even if just a few strips here and there. For the back of both pillows I used a blue print from the same fabric line.
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The best part is, these pillows match my Urban Amish quilt - the first quilt I ever made! the straight strips work well together, even though the patterns are different. I KNEW there was a good reason for hoarding hanging onto that fabric!
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The pillows are rather petite at 15" square. I have a feeling there's an oversized version in my future! 

6 comments:

  1. I think the quilt and pillows go together beautifully and compliment your couch really well. Nice and cheery

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  2. I love it. I can't wait to make more string blocks too but first I need to finish other projects.

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  3. Hoarder,schmoarder! I'd call it a gift for knowing what to collect and keep. I didn't even think about the coordination of the pillows and the Urban Amish Quilt! That's perfect.

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  4. Love those pillows! Perfect for Garden Party! :)

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  5. These are SO gorgeous!!! I have been hoarding my Garden Party for a good year now -- I think what you've done here is the perfect use for them!! ;)

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  6. Absolutely perfect in every single way! Thanks for helping me out w/ the quilt.

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