I have been working diligently on a plan for making a few quilts for the Carolina Hurricane victims of Florence’s flooding disaster, and I hope that you will help again. I thought we could use the same block that we did for the California Fire quilts as it is easy and so versatile. We made three quilts last time. So, what do you think about doing that block again? I’d like to set a goal this time of five quilts. I thought fabrics with rich jewel tones or earth tones, with a strong contrast between lights and darks really provided the most interest and sharpest lines with the blocks sent in for the previous quilt drive. Remember the one we did with this arrangement?
I am so excited to announce that the amazing Christine of Backside Fabrics located in North Carolina will be providing all the wide backing needed to make five queen size quilts!! Please consider looking at her site, and buying her wonderful fabrics the next time you need a wide backing. The prices are great, and even with shipping is less expensive than using five yards of regular width fabric (no affiliation with Backside, just a very satisfied customer). I have used Backside exclusively for wide backs ever since I found them a couple of years ago. The quality is superb!! Thank you, Christine, for your fabulous support!!
I am also thrilled to announce another amazing lady, Stephanie at Hobbs Batting is supplying all the Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting needed for our five queen size quilts!! Thank you so much, Stephanie, I am truly blown away by the generosity at Hobbs!! You can get Hobbs Batting at Fat Quarter Shop, including all the Tuscany line and also Hobbs at Craftsy including the wonderful Hobbs 80/20 in Black with my links. I have several Hobbs battings on the way to me from Craftsy’s sale last weekend, love the Tuscany wool batting!!
The quilt block is in the public domain, so I have done a pdf for you. Easy to do, it is just a nine patch of 4-1/2-inch squares and two half square triangles. Please, though, be sure your seams are just 1/4-inch, or cut oversize and trim to the 12-1/2-inches the block should be. Please measure all blocks before sending to ensure that they are all usable 12-1/2-inches square. Pdf download – Carolina Hurricane Quilts. Begin with 2 scrappy 5-1/4-inch squares and two same size light squares. Following the method for Chain Piecing HSTs, make 4. If you are a really good precision piecer, you can use charm squares at 5-inches. Just be sure they are the right size before assembling the block. Doing two blocks at a time allows you to mix up the prints in the HSTs between blocks.
Then using two HSTs with four 4-1/2-inch dark squares and three 4-1/2-inch light squares, assemble the block.
Now measure it to be sure it is 12-1/2 inches square. I’ll have to frog one of the row joining seams on this one as I sewed it just a bit more than 1/4-inch and it ended up 12-1/4 x 12-1/2. One dimension is right the other is too short.
Reworking the seam, now it measures 12-1/2-inches square exactly. Using one of these 12-1/2-inch square up rulers makes the final measuring easy.
If you can get your friends or local quilt group together to complete a nice size quilt, and ship a finished one, that would be wonderful.
In fact, I would like to challenge every quilt guild and club in the Carolinas that were not affected by the floods to commit to making and shipping at least 5 and better yet 10 quilts per club. Do not ship completed ones to me, though, I’ll have an address for finished quilts next month.
Add this button to your sidebar with the URL of this post, and let’s get as many as we can underway for shipping early next year. Together we can help cover the Carolina coasts with quilted hugs.
The ideal size is 72 x 84 or larger with borders, (12-1/2″ quilt blocks 6 x 7 or more) large enough for a full size bed or more – the size you would want if you had nothing and needed to start over. Last year we did queen size quilts 7×8 blocks, 56 per quilt. I’ll have an address for shipping completed quilts as soon as the organizations get back to me. I have been in contact with three that are in the process of planning their programs and will have more for you later. Please just hang tight until I can update this in November. For now, knowing how long it takes to do a quilt, my hope is that everyone can get started on making blocks.
For those with no one to help, I’d love to have your 12-1/2-inch blocks to put together, I’ll need 280 blocks to make 5 quilts. With the generous support of Hobbs Batting and Backside Fabrics, I’ll provide the longarm quilting and finishing for five quilts. If you do not sew, you can also help by contributing to the shipping cost, it will take well over $100 to ship 5 queen size quilts. Last time I shipped just one it was $30. I’ll have more on that when we get closer to the end of the project.
Playing with friends at a quilting retreat this week, I did a few of these blocks along with some work on the Autumn Jubilee designs for next month. The high contrast looks pretty good in these two. For your blocks, try to keep the lights pure white tone on tones, ecru prints, and very light beige prints. Try to stay away from tan or browns in the lights, use those colors for the darks. Mix colors in the blocks, as that looks best in the overall quilt with blocks from all over.
Autumn Jubilee will take up the entire month of October, so I’ll give an update with shipping addresses in early November. Please just hold your blocks until my next post on this subject in November. I hope to have blocks coming to me in November, with the quilts ready to ship beginning in January. I know from the California Fire project last winter that people won’t be ready to receive a quilt for a few months after the disaster as they try to put their lives and homes back together. As of the last weekend in September, there were still rising flood waters in low lying areas near the coast, and the flooded areas from last week still have not fully receded, so I think this timing will work out right.
Update – Hurricane Michael has contributed to the flooding problems and now the waters will not fully recede for some time into late October! Wilmington NC is once again hard hit, and more areas in South Carolina are experiencing damage. Now more than before, we will need completed quilts from everyone who is able. I’m close to finalizing details on shipping destinations and some drop off locations, and will update with another post in early November.
Can you help with the Carolina Hurricane Project? Can your guild commit to 5 completed quilts for our Carolina flood victims?