After receiving all of Bernice's blocks I just had to get them all out and play with layout!
This was my first thought but then....
(I typed this post up early this morning and I have been walking passed this on my design wall all day and I have to say I really like it!)
If you are planning to send in some BOMs and haven't yet can you please let me know - not long now till next month's BOM is announced!
How can you help?
Here are some of the ideas we came up with -
Buy Spotlight Card or a gift voucher to your local quilt store - you can send Spotlight cards to me and I can pass them on to others who I know can use them. Or you can email me and ask me who to send it to - assuming you don't know of someone in your area. The gift voucher to your local store is probably only useful if there is someone in your area.
Send pre-paid 500g and 3kg postal satchels to me - I am forever posting blocks, quilt tops and so on. If I had a few extras I could send some of the donated fabric to other Friends around the place.
Donations of fabric, calico for lining and cord for laundry bags are always welcome. Once again if you don't know someone in your area please email me and I will suggest someone for you to send it to.
Donations of 45mm Rotary Cutter Blades would be wonderful!
With regard to fabric - if you want to buy fabric but are not a sewer then this is handy information -
For a quilt backing - buy 2m of 100% cotton fabric.
For a laundry bag - buy 1m calico for the lining and 1m of fabric suitable for the outer. Must be 100% cotton - patchwork fabric and twill are suitable. If you ask the shop assistant for patchwork fabric or a sturdy cotton, like twill or curtaining, they should be able to help you. If in doubt email me.
Another good option is to buy Coles or Woolworths vouchers so that the quilters can buy the goodies to go into the boxes along with the quilts. If you live near a quilter then ask them what they need to include and then buy some of those items.
You can even buy them some of the Bx2 Post pack boxes. A pack of 20 gets a discount - not sure about a pack of ten - I only ever buy twenty at a time.
Non-sewers can also spread the word to local sewing/craft groups.
I use LOTS of batting and rotary cutting blades as I receive lots of quilt tops here which need batting and backing and I cut lots of laundry bags and the like for the various sewing days. And that doesn't include the sewing that I do when I am not answering emails, writing the blog and drafting articles etc.
I hope that helps and gives you some ideas.
Several Aussie Hero Friends have expressed a desire to do more for HMAS ANZAC and you are more than welcome to. If you wish to make an extra quilt the chaplain will see that it goes to someone deserving. I also have three volunteers making extra laundry bags for those who will not receive quilts. There is one making laundry bags for girls and two making masculine laundry bags. If you are interested in getting in on the action please let me know.