Launching in to the 2nd year of the Quilt Aid Project which is a great way to make money for a worthy cause whilst doing something that you love. A portion of the pattern sales is donated to this charity.
There are 12 blocks designed by 12 Australian designers. Only 12 shops sell these blocks and we each only sell one block. The block I sell is designed by the very talented Natalie Ross who has a lovely blog.
To purchase all 12 blocks you have to visit the website of each of the 12 shops - a veritable treasure hunt that hopefully introduces you to some shops that you haven't come across before. The Quilt Aid site has a checklist of the shops which you can click through and visit all the 12 shops.
You don't have to buy all 12 blocks at once, you can take your time to do this. However each shop only has a limited number of kits so you don't want to leave it all too long. If you want to make sure a block is reserved for you, you can complete a contract with Quilt Aid which will give you until the end of the year 2010 to visit the shops to purchase your blocks as we will put one aside for you until the end of the year (terms and conditions apply see the quilt aid site).
Each of the shops has also designed a finishing kit. This is one of the exciting things about quilt aid as you can see what each of the 12 shops did with the same 12 blocks. Check out the finishing kit gallery. It's quite a challenge from a shop point of view as we all have finishing kits to design, hoping that ours will stand out to you. Hard to know what you are all after... something simple after all the hard work that you've put in to the quilt because you just want to get it done? Something a little more challenging to really make the quilt aid quilt special. You should see what Emma Jansen from Ballarat Patchwork has done. Her quilt is terrific - as are all the other ones that I've seen.
I tried to find the middle line
- Something simple that shows off all the hard work that you put into the quilt.
- Something versatile so that you can set the blocks on point or "square".
- Something fairly easily achievable and easy to put together.
- Something that allows for slight descrepancies in the block sizes.
Now all I need to do is try and get a really good picture of the quilt so you can see what I've done!!! So you will have to wait a little while. Its been quilted but is stuck between the quilter and me at the house of someone who has gone away for the week - so near but yet so far!
So - today is kit cutting day. Starting with 100 kits. 13 different fabric pieces per kit. That's 1300 pieces of fabric to be cut, collated and packaged. Fun, fun, fun!
If you'd like to order Natalie's block here is the link to my website! enjoy! Laura x