Thursday, 31 October 2019

BLOCK OF THE MONTH NOVEMBER 2019

BLOCK OF THE MONTH
NOVEMBER 2019

THE STAR BLOCK
This lovely traditional star block is timeless and appeals to so many people.
They look strong and beautiful in quilts made for our Aussie Heroes.
They also combine very well with other blocks.


FOUR COLOURWAY SUGGESTIONS 
Blue and White for Navy
Blues for Air Force
Green & Gold 
Black & White

The star, in all the colour ways, can be made using just one fabric as in the 
Green and Gold sample or by using two fabrics as in the other samples.



BLUE AND WHITE
Suitable for Navy Recipients and also for Requests for 

sporting teams using these colours.
This is an opportunity to use specific printed fabrics for Sailors.
Use ANY shade of BLUE but no aqua or teal please.
Background of the block should be BLUE – plain or tone-on-tone or mostly blue if patterned.

Star points and centre of block can be white or blue and can be plain fabric, tone-on-tone fabric, geometric prints or specific designs for the Navy in whatever colour is available.



BLUE AND BLUE or WHITE
Suitable for Air Force Recipients and also for Requests for 
sporting teams using these colours.
This is an opportunity to use specific printed fabrics for Airmen and Airwomen.
Use ANY shade of BLUE but no aqua or teal please.
Background of the block should be BLUE – plain or tone-on-tone or mostly blue if patterned.
Star points and centre of block can be white or blue and can be plain fabric, tone-on-tone fabric, geometric prints or specific designs for Air Force in whatever colour is available.





GREEN & GOLD
Suitable for Aussie theme quilts and sporting teams using these colours.  
Please use strong green and golden yellow.
Use plain fabric, tone-on-tone fabrics, geometric prints and fabrics 
with prints of Australian images.



BLACK & WHITE
Oh so useful!  …meeting many Requests.
Background of the block should be BLACK – plain or tone-on-tone or mostly black if patterned.
Star points and centre of block can be plain fabric, tone-on-tone fabric or printed designs 
of black, white, grey or red on a white background.  A black background with a print on it, as in the sample, will work for the centre but not the Star points.

Please use only 100% cotton fabric
¼ inch seam allowance


CUTTING OUT


For background of blocks cut eight 5 ½ x 5 ½ inch squares
For centre of block cut one 5 ½ x 5 ½ inch square
For Star points cut eight 3 x 3 inch squares

BLOCK CONSTRUCTION

Note - I have positioned the Star point square over blue fabric so that it can be seen
On the wrong side of each of the eight Star point squares, draw a line from corner to 
corner and then draw a second line ½ inch from the first line.


On FOUR of the background squares, with right sides together, position a 
Star point square as shown, noticing the shorter drawn line is closer 
to the outside corner.  
Pin as shown and sew along BOTH lines.


Cut between the two lines and put the little pieces aside to be mailed with the finished blocks.
Violet, in the Coffs Harbour Team will make these into bigger blocks,

 joiners and borders for the quilts.


Press the Star point to complete the square.


Position a second Star point square, with right sides together, as shown.
Pin and stitch along both drawn lines.


Cut between the lines as before and press to complete the square.


Lay out the nine squares of the block as shown.


Join the three squares that form the middle row of the block and then 
press the seam allowances into the CENTRE square.

Join the three squares that form an outside row and press the 
seam allowances into the outside squares.  

TIP  pressing seams as suggested, allows the seam allowances to “lock” together at the next stage.


Join the three rows of the block together and press the seam allowances to one side.  
I like to press towards the centre of the block.

And there you have it…
The Star Block

Please don’t trim any uneven edges as ALL blocks will be trimmed to make them
the size needed for each quilt that is designed to meet the Requests of each Recipient.


Please post blocks and off cut triangles to 

Sandy Corry
9 Wendouree Court
North Boambee Valley   NSW   2360

THANK YOU 
for your contributions.  


PDF version of this block can be found HERE

All blocks will be made into quilts for our Aussie Heroes by
the Coffs Harbour Sewing Team. 
Please include your email address and I’ll advise you when they arrive.
Alternatively, visit the Blog on Wednesday afternoons to see what blocks
have been received in the previous week.

Until next time,

Sandy











The Project... the feedback....

Last week a story about Aussie Heroes aired on The Project and the response has been huge and humbling. I know a lot of you don't have Facebook and even those who do, won't have read all the comments that have been published, especially on The Project's page so I have taken a screen shot of them to share with you here as I did not want you to miss then.  So many heartfelt messages from reipients and their families! 

If you missed the show you can watch it here.  Check it out. 

Enjoy!!!!































Hope these made you smile, they certainly made my day.

Till next time.. keep spreading the word and happy stitching!
Jan-Maree xx 

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Happy Mail 30th October 2019

BLOCK OF THE MONTH

These are all the lovely blocks that have arrived in
mailbox over the past week, sent by the BOM Squad.
THANK YOU
to every contributor.
They are going to help make some great quilts for our Aussie Heroes.

If you would like to make some of the Green & Gold Diamond blocks, please go
HERE 
for the Tutorial and all you'll need to know to do so.


Joan B #2



Joan B #1


Joan B #3


Annette P


Heather G


Ann K


Bronwyn W

Judy D

Until next time,

Sandy
...in Coffs Harbour and getting very excited about the coming weekend in Canberra!