Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blankets for Babies

I have a friend who volunteers at a pre-school for underprivileged children. They have 150 babies and toddlers who are sleeping on plastic mattresses without sheets or blankets and their budget only stretches to feeding them. We are having a drive for  blankets for them. For each blanket sent, the name of the person donating it will be entered into a lucky draw for a R500.00 gift voucher from ColourSpun, so the more blankets you send the better your chance of winning.

 If you would like to take part, 1m x 1.5m blankets are a good size and inexpensive to make from polar fleece. Fleece is 1.5m wide on the roll so you will only need 1m for each blanket. Stitch a narrow hem around the edges and that’s it. If you prefer to send other blankets they will all be appreciated, even 2nd hand ones, so long as they are in good condition and measure about 1m x 1.5m.

Send the blankets to ColourSpun PO Box 2, Heidelberg, 1438. The draw will take place on 25th May 2012 and the name of the winner will be posted here.

 Please share this with any friends or family who you think may be interested.

Love Dana

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Q is for Quilt

I belong to a wonderful group of artists from all around the world - TAFA - and Rachel, who runs this group, has written a really interesting article about Quilts and quilting find it on the TAFA website

I am about to start my very first, made all by myself quilt. It will be my entry to the Dreams Challenge for the first International Quilt Convention Africa that will be held in Jo'burg in July.

I have made one other quilt before, it took me forever! I started out drawing a very detailed pattern, then I set about candlewick embroidering all the blocks and sashings. When I showed them to a friend, who is a quilter, she helped me lay them out on the family room floor. That house had a huge family room and even after pushing all the furniture aside it hardly fit, if I'd have stuck to that pattern it would have fit 4 king size beds pushed together! - and I'd probably still be working on it.

 She worked out that I had already done enough for a double bed quilt and a few cushions, soI drew a new layout for the completed pieces and she took them all away to stitch together and cut the batting and backing. I then joined the 3 layers by hand tying hundreds of little knots! The binding was done with a lot of help and....... I had a quilt - half made by me :)