Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Quilts for Boston...

Just over a week ago, Boston came to a stand still. Friends of ours were waiting for their loved one to finish the race and were standing at the finish line hoping to cheer her on.  They were literally surrounded and protected by people who lost limbs and so much more.  It's nothing short of miraculous that they walked away almost completely physically untouched.  Others were not so fortunate and the Boston Modern Quilt Guild is hoping to do a little something to bring them comfort.

Quilts for Boston

The following information is directly from the BMQG website:

In response to the events of the past week, the Boston Modern Quilt Guild wants to find a way to help those in our community that have been directly affected by the bombing and subsequent events. As a guild we plan to make and distribute quilts to those who would benefit from a show of support, and we need your help.

Boston Quilt Fabric

We are asking the modern quilt community to support our efforts by sending us blocks for these quilts. Additionally, we will accept donations of fabric to be used for binding, sashing, and quilt backs. We would like to have the quilts ready to deliver to those in need as soon as possible, so we ask that you send your blocks to us within a month, by May 24th, 2013.

Blocks sent to the Boston Modern Quilt Guild should be blue, yellow, gray, and white. All blocks should be 12½” tall x the width of your choice. That could mean 12½” x 7”, 12½” x 12½”, or anything wider, more narrow, or in between. Please machine piece your blocks in any style you would like. Please use only “quilt shop quality” 100% cotton or cotton/linen fabrics. Both print and solid fabrics are welcome. Our preference is white or light gray 100% cotton thread, but any coordinating thread of good quality will do.

Please consider adding photos of the blocks to our flickr group. This is not required, but it will be wonderful to share the blocks as we are making them and to see what people are working on.

Our goal is to make bright and modern quilts that will bring cheer to those who need it most! We chose this color scheme as these are the colors of the Boston Marathon, and have become the colors representing the OneFund, an organization formed to accept monetary donations for the victims, as well as the tribute tees sold to benefit the One Fund. Be creative with your blocks, and make any pattern or design that inspires you!

Please mail all blocks and fabric to:
Quilts for Boston
P. O. Box 79225
Belmont, MA 02479

I started to pull fabrics for a couple blocks and was able to put together my first Quilts for Boston block during the girls' naptime today.

This 12.5" square block uses Angela Pingel's Stargazing block pattern that can be found in the book Modern Blocks.  I have another block or two in mind that I'm hoping to fit in before the May 24th deadline.  We hope to see your blocks too, so spread the word!

Linking up:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. This is fabulous!!! And now I want to do stars;-)

  2. I love it, love it. Just pulled some fabrics last night and can't wait to get started on this project :)

  3. Terrific project and beautiful block! Just love the stars.

  4. A quilt block that's almost as beautiful as the heart and hands that made it!

    Thank you for doing this and sharing this with us!

  5. A lovely block for a good cause. I love the stars.

  6. Love the block! I hope that it helps comfort someone that has been through so much in the last week!

  7. Very lovely block, hoping to get one or two made up to send in.

  8. Great block - and so good of you to repost the Boston MQG post! An excellent reminder for many of us to get to work!

  9. perfect choice for the blocks. I've still got mine to make