I hope that everyone will read this post, even those that are not quilters, because I need your help. Most readers will be aware of the devastating fires that have swept across California destroying everything in their wake. Like many, I am grateful for my home and family, especially with the holiday season, and cannot imagine the loss that has been suffered by those in the fire zone. I had read on some blogs in early December about the effort to make some quilts for some of the people that have lost everything, and thought it was a wonderful idea. The idea was to make a specific block, then mail it for assembly, like the one below.
Then, the holidays took over, and I forgot about it until I was visiting an elderly neighbor just before Christmas. She told me that her son’s home in Santa Rosa was completely destroyed in the fire. He is coming here with his wife to live for a while as they try to recover from the loss and figure out what to do next. He had just retired so they can take some time to come help his parents for a while. Then yesterday, I read on Quilt Shop Gal’s blog about the effort to make quilts for the victims of the California Wildfires. See Darlene’s very eloquent post HERE. She is asking for readers to make blocks and send them to Ventura for their project.
I went to my sewing room after that, and it took less than an hour to cut and sew the two blocks shown in the pictures from my scraps. I have decided to collect blocks myself, and send at least one completed quilt to the project, not just blocks. And here is where you come in, I need your help in making a lot of blocks. Find the Thomas Fire Relief 12-inch block design at the Ventura Quilt Guild HERE. If you are not a quilter, and can help with the shipping charges and cost of backing fabric, that would be lovely. I will provide the batting, thread, assembly and longarm quilting, then binding. I would love to get 60 blocks for two quilts that will be 5 x 6 blocks each. One will be shipped to Ventura, and one will be given to my neighbor’s son. If I get more than 60 blocks, I’ll make a third quilt and send it.
I’d like to get as many as possible as soon as possible so I can get started on assembly and quilting, and have at least one in the mail to Ventura by the end of January. Small donations of $2-3 from a bunch of readers will be all that is needed to help with backing fabric and shipping, with a goal of raising a total of $125 for both quilts. Donations can be sent via Paypal Send to a Friend option to email frommycarolinahome at gmail (dot) com. Blocks or donations for backing fabric and shipping costs can be sent to my address below. I will make up any difference needed in cost or blocks.
California Fire Quilts
c/o Carole Carter
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758
Here’s an opportunity to clean out a bit of stash, using up a lot of scrappy colors. Can you make one or two blocks this weekend and send them to me?
Sharing in the hopes of getting more blocks…