A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a post in a German quilty Facebook group asking for patchwork heart blocks to be made into two quilts. The back story of this is so saddening; two little girls lost their mother quite unexpectedly. The family has been living in the USA and the dad and the little girls are now preparing to relocate to Germany.
Femke, a fellow quilter from said Facebook group is friends with the family and runs the “Our hearts go out for Raine and Jade” project. I offered to make two big heart blocks and was able to help her out a little with the blog for the project. The hearts are starting to arrive in Femke’s mail and I’ve been working on mine, too.
If you’re interested in donating a heart or two, you can let me know via email or comment and I will help you get in touch with Femke (who is fluent in English, btw.)
The hearts are supposed to be made of one colour-scheme each and since I have a lot of teal and turquoise fabrics I made my blocks out of those. I did a bit of improv piecing, cut my panels down to rectangle size and sewed the edges off 45° with my background fabric. After adding the border it was done, pretty easy!
On a different note, I got a nod from Angie at GnomeAngel for the Liebster Award 2014. It’s a fun way to get to know new people! I love Angie’s blog and she’s recently founded a Facebook support group for Quilt Bloggers (and Instagrammers)
1. What word do you think you overuse?
2. Best piece of advice you’ve gotten so far?
In terms of quilting: to use a disappearing marker when quilting straight lines.
3. What would you want written on your tombstone?
I don’t really have a life motto, other than maybe “all or nothing”, but that seems a little blunt for a tombstone ;-)
4. Which song do you find it impossible to resist singing in the car when you sing it on the radio?
I sing all the time when no one else listens. But to answer the question, Taylor Swift does pretty catchy songs.
5. What movie would you live in if you could?
Sex and the City, because I would love to experience of living in NYC and hanging out with SJP.
6. Do you like surprises, or are you like me and too impatient?
YES, I love surprises!!
7. What’s your favourite holiday and why?
I cherish the Christmas holidays. I always spend them with my mum and siblings and it feels so much like back when we all still lived at home.
8. What’s your most endearing quality?
That might be that I love giving so much. I will always help out when someone needs it, it gives me joy to be of help. (sorry if that sounds cheesy.)
9. What’s the best joke you’ve heard?
I really love puns, but can’t think of a joke right now.
I considered leaving this question out, I don’t even know what this is about. But here it is, my stupidity for the world to see x)
10. Which Mr./Miss Men would you be??
ETA: Thanks to Femke, I learned that I actually know these! I think going with what I wrote above, I would be Little Miss Helpful with a touch of Little Miss Stubborn.
I invite all of you to answer these questions, too. They’re really interesting and I couldn’t come up with better ones at this point.
This post is linked up with Monday Makers at Aylin Nilya and Quil it Out, Everything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced , TGIFF at What a Hoot Quilts and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
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Oh Vicky I LOVE your hearts they are absolutely adoring! i will try the pattern myself this weekend.
It’s been slow as far aLas the project is concerned bit i figured everybody is seeing for Xmas (including myself). No bother though as the deadline is in January after all. I’d be over the moon if any of your blog followers would love to participate we still have a long way to go and loads of hearts to sew. I’ll make sure to update our blog this week, too. Lots of love Femke xxx
PS: I loved reading your answers, seems life we have a huge lot in common:-) as for the last question: I’m sure you know the Little Miss and Mr Men books for kids? If not I’ll have to lend you my son’s collection;-)
lol sorry for all the typos folks, I hope you get my drift :D
Glad you like them, Femke. I’m going to send them your way this week!
And yes, I totally know those. Thanks for the heads up, I can edit my stupidity out of the internet now ;-)
Hahaha always glad to help a sister out ;-) xx
Die Herzen sind ein Traum! Tausend Dank dafür! Ich wollte ich schon ewig bei dir melden, aber irgend wie will mein Zeitplan immer nicht so wie ich. Zeitmanagement ist nicht so meine Stärke :D Ich hoffe, ich schaffe es demnächst, neben allem, was an Weihnachts-Ufos noch hier auf mich wartet ;) Fühl dich mal virtuell gedrückt!
Liebe Grüße Femke
Mir gehts grad ähnlich, Femke, kann das total nachvollziehen =)
Hi Vicky! You have made beautiful patchwork hearts! Great way to shape them like that. Sorry to hear the reason for these.
Fun question and answers. Neither do I understand the last one. x Teje
Yes, it’s so sad. I hope that their quilts will comfort them a little.
Femke just pointed out, that Mr.Men are these little colourful characters from the little books to be seen everywhere. I just didn’t know they are called that. Have you seen those in Greece?
I read that also in your comments. Still no idea if I have seen them of not – propably not. Now when thinking, we don’t have many children’s programms here. x Teje
Those poor sweeties! :( When are the blocks needed by and how big are they? I want to try to squeeze them in, but I’m not sure if I can with all of the looming deadlines and gift making I have plus shipping time prior to the due date.
Hey Amanda, I’m sending you a mail with more info. Thanks so much for considering it xx Vicky
Als ich das Herz gesehen habe, dachte ich mir super das Tutorial kann ich für meine Herzen für Femke brauchen….. und als ich Deinen Post las – Überraschung, Du hast sie auch für diese tolle Aktion genäht!!
Das Herz ist wunderschön geworden – sehr frische Farben!
ohh, super, dass du auch mitmachst =) Mit Türkis kann ich immer dienen ;-)
Beautiful hearts, love the fabrics you’ve chosen for them. Sorry to hear of the sadness that prompted them.
Hello Ruth, thank you for your lovely words. I hope all of the hearts bring a little comfort into the little girls life.
So traurig der Anlass, die Herzen sind sehr schön!
Danke liebe Mareen, für deinen netten Kommentar =)
Your heart is gorgeous!
Hey Rozsamaria, thank you so much for that lovely comment!
sad but a beautiful idea was born out of it … hope to see some pics of the finished quilts in the future if possible … x
Hey Frilka, thank you for your lovely words! I’m sure there will be pics of both the further process and the finished quilts =)
You used the prettiest colors in your heart blocks! I really love the way you set up your tutorial.
Hey Lynette, thank you for your lovely comment. It’s such a super easy technique, I had hoped two pics would be all that was needed to understand, so I’m glad you like it! =) xx Vicky
tolles Tutorial, so einfach, logisch und sieht schön aus! Danke, dass du es mit uns teilst! Schon wieder so schön fotografiert! :)
Danke meine liebe Kinga. Das freut mich sehr, dass dir die Bilder gefallen. So schön wie deine werden sie leider noch nicht ;-)
What sweet blocks blocks and those blues are so pretty! You did a great job on the tutorial.
Thank you so much Lea, it’s such a simple technique, I hope my brief explanation helps =)
Super süßer Block… toller Grund diese Herzen zu nähen!
Danke liebe Aylin, ich bin froh, dass ich mit meinen zwei Herzchen ein Teil zu einem guten Zweck beitragen kann =)