Saturday 28 January 2017

Arohanui Quilts

Hello lovely readers! Many of you will be familiar with the Soy Amado Quilts project that Alison from Little Island Quilting has been running since 2014 (she's up to over 100 quilts made and donated to kids in Mexico and South Africa). At the end of last year I quilted up a bunch of blocks from one of my earliest quilt projects and sent them off to Alison.

Some of the blocks I sent to Alison

I decided that I want to do some good locally as well. I run the block of the month programme for my local guild, Capital Quilters, and for the first two months of 2017, instead of the usual format, I'm asking members to make QAYG blocks and donate them so that I can assemble them into quilts for Kiwi kids. I am planning to donate the completed quilts through the Aotearoa Quilters Cosy Kiwi Kids programme - at the moment they are providing quilts to families with children in Kaikoura and earthquake affected areas.

I thought that some other Kiwi quilters might like to contribute blocks as well - they're really fun to make, you can use up batting scraps, and you'll feel good! It's also a heck of a lot cheaper to send blocks within New Zealand than from New Zealand to Guernsey!

At the moment I'm looking to have all blocks with me by the end of March 2017, so that I can assemble all the quilts and send them off before winter. I'll let you know if I change my mind and decide to run an ongoing project like Alison though.

If you would like to contribute, you can download my instructions by clicking here. Send me an email or a direct message on Instagram, and I'll send you my address for posting. If you want to share your blocks on Instagram, use the tag #arohanuiquilts and I'll be able to track them down.

Finally, if you don't have time in the first two months of the year, or you're in a location that makes sending blocks to New Zealand prohibitively expensive, please consider contributing QAYG blocks to Alison's Soy Amado Quilts project. You can find all the information here.

Thank you!


Lisa said...

Adrianne what a fantastic way to get some quilts together for a great cause. And lucky for me 'cos I can send off that orphan block that has been sitting on my sewing table, haunting me, reminding me that it turned out the wrong size, and didn't make it into the finished quilt. Best of luck with the block drive.

June said...

Also a great incentive for some of us to do something with all our orphan blocks! a friend is coming over to my sewing room tomorrow afternoon and we'll encourage one another!

Linda Thomas said...

This is great when people can create such things. Handicraft isn't my strong side, however I know how to Build a Translation Management System for Creative Agencies and Consultancies . I believe that people can't succeed in everything and some skills are stronger.

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