Well it definitely feels like a post-season slump around here...my sewing machine has been sitting in the corner collecting the most dust that it has seen in months (which is not a lot but still - it's been pretty inactive since finishing the Bookworms). Of course that hasn't stopped me from sketching, arranging fabric into project piles, and browsing online for some motivation. I just couldn't seem to move into action.
Thankfully I stumbled across a post by Kisha in the Modern Quilting group on Facebook - it was a call for help and only required contributing a block or two to a fantastic cause. Please check out her blog post for all the details because she articulates it much better than I can with two girls running around like banshees behind me (while I pretend not to hear them or wonder how much of a mess they are making), but to sum up, she is going to make a generous sized lap quilt that will be auctioned of at a benefit to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Kisha is asking for wonky log cabin blocks in shades of red and yellow (the colors of LLS) with a minimum size of 8" - that's all you have to do! Then after you mail them off (before April 22, please) you can feel all warm and fuzzy while she does the heavy lifting of arranging the quilt top, quilting and finishing it for the charity auction!
For the centers of my two blocks, I wanted to add a little something special to catch your eye. I was really looking for a heart or something to fussy cut - I had completely forgotten about these two orphan blocks that didn't make the cut for my Paintbox quilt.
After a quick spray with Best Press and some ironing, they looked as good as new, so I cut into them and after no time at all with my pile of scraps, the first block emerged!
For the second, I really wanted to highlight a special little guy...Kisha's post tells the story of LLS's Boy of the Year, Matty. This fabric from Sarah Jane's Children at Play seemed just perfect to suggest Matty playing, happy and healthy!
Fussy cutting, sewing, and voila...a second block!
I had so much fun throwing these together this morning and I cannot wait to see the finished quilt and everyone else's blocks - thank you so much Kisha for getting my butt in gear and making me feel good at the same time!
If you want to lend a hand to Kisha - check out her blog post or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks everyone!