Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Quilt For Kaaren [The Painted Quilt]

Edit July 17th - I am still accepting blocks, please email me!  The deadline has been extended.  Allie

 
As I'm sure many of you know, Kaaren from The Painted Quilt is taking a break from blogging to deal with a serious health problem.  Most of us know Kaaren from her blog and her wonderful free gifts to us stitchers - her First Friday Freebie, and her Raggedy and Friends bom.  We would like her to know that she's not fighting alone, and Paulette from Sweet P Quilting and Creations and Leslie from Les Quilts and I have decided to organize a quilt for her.

We're asking for you to make quilt blocks.  And I'm doing a tutorial below for an easy block.  The quilt [or quilts, if we get enough blocks] will be in Kaaren's favorite colors, dark red, dark blue and beige.  Her style is prim - you can look at her blog to see her gorgeous new home and how she's decorated.  The block is a square in square in red and beige, finishing at 6.5 inches.  The beige will go in the center, and we're asking you to write your name, location, and any scripture verses or well-wishes for Kaaren in the middle.  There will be navy sashing between the blocks, and I will use navy to bind it.

Also, when you send your blocks, PLEASE put your email address in the envelope.  Not on the block, but on a piece of paper.  I'd love to thank you for making a block.

You'll be sending your blocks to me, I will put them together, quilt and bind them.  I'm going to ask that if you'd like and are able [NO PRESSURE!], to please donate toward the batting and navy fabric.  The most important part is the blocks - I'd love to shower Kaaren with all the love she's shown us here in blogland.

Now, the tutorial - I've used fabric I grabbed in a hurry, these are not her colors.

Square In Square Tutorial

It helps to use a fabric sizing or starch on your fabric, to keep the bias from stretching.

Cut one taupe square 6.5 x 6.5 inches, and 4 red squares 3.5 x 3.5 inches. 

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Draw a diagonal line down the middle of the four 3.5 squares, corner to corner [I used a washaway marker].  [Ugh - a dirt smudge on my mat!!!]

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Lay the square on your larger square and pin.

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Stitch along the line.

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Cut seam allowance to 1/4 inch.

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Press with seam allowance to darker color.

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Repeat for other three corners.

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Back.

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That's it.  Now here's the part I don't have a picture for.  Iron your block to some freezer paper, with the shiny side toward the fabric and the paper side toward your iron [that's important].  Low setting on your iron.  The freezer paper will adhere to your fabric and make it easy to write on.  I recommend a marker specifically for fabric - any craft store should have them.  Most need to be heat set.  For best results, please pre-wash your fabrics, the markers work better, and also because we're using red fabrics and we don't want them to bleed.  Please please pre-wash and check for bleeding.

If you'd like to make a block, you may email me at alliehomeschool [at] yahoo [dot] com.  [Put the appropriate symbols in there -I'm trying to avoid spam bots].   I'll give you my mailing address.

I'd love to get enough squares to make a larger quilt, and a smaller one she can take for any treatments she faces.  I hope you can help us to spread the word and really shower Kaaren with all the love we have for her!  Kaaren has almost 1500 followers and I need your help getting the word to them.  Thank you!

EDIT - I'd like you to have your blocks in the mail by July 15th - thank you!

I'll be back soon with that recipe.....

87 comments:

Elisa said...

Allie, do you have a suggested end date when you'd like to receive these blocks?

Carrie P. said...

Hey Allie,
you can count on me to make a block. I love Kaaren's blog and she is such a kind person.
I have your address and will get one made right away.

sewtakeahike said...

what a sweet, and loving thing to do Allie. But I wouldn't expect anything less from you! :P

Dolores said...

Love the tutorial. I wonder how many white and yellow blocks you will get. I'll get down to making mine soon. Send me you address.

KaHolly said...

How sweet of you ladies. I would love to contribute a block, bot Canada Post is on strike, so I'll mail it as soon as I'm able. I am in the process of making her Raggedy Ann BOM right now!! Am almost finished block 3 and am loving it. I think of her everyday, as a result. ~karen

Darlene said...

Yes, yes you can count on me! I'll have one ready soon.

em's scrapbag said...

Count me in. That is so nice if you.

Vicki ♥ said...

Fab tut sweet Allie and count me in on this. I am sending lots of positive thoughts Kaaren's way. I will make a block today and get it to you.Can you please let me know of your address so I can post it to you :) Hugs Vicki xx

BubzRugz said...

Fantastic Allie - I would love to do a block... I love Kaaren's blog and have used lots of her ideas... I have your address....xx
Hugz

West Michigan Quilter said...

How sweet of you to do this. Count me in. I love Kaaren's blog. This tutorial is great!

MB in MI said...

allie--i'll be sending one soon. what a very kind thing to do. you are special. i hope you don't mind i wrote about this on my blog. hope you receive more than enough to make her quilt. :-)

Maria said...

Will go check out mu stash and get sewing.
Do you have an address please to send to.
Will it get to you by due date. coming from Aussie.

Cyndi said...

Hey Allie....I don't know Kaaren, but I'd be more than happy to make a block for her quilt! Will chat with you about it soon!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Bless you girls! I'm in for sure, Allie. Will get it made and posted tomorrow to arrive by the deadline.
Kaaren is such a selfless lady, with a beautiful heart for giving and sharing...and she has so much talent.
Hugs
Jenny
xxx

Béa said...

Great idea, count me in !I love Kaaren' blog and make many of her patterns.

Debi said...

Allie, I will be sending a couple blocks and I have posted this on my blog as well.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Allie. This is Beth from Alberta. I will send asap, hope Canada Post gets back to work soon. If not, will send by courier as Kaaren is certainly worth it. I have made many of her first Friday freebies and also the Raggedy and Friends quilt. We have a group here sending prayers Kaaren's way every day.

Kathleen said...

what a wonderful thing to do for someone who has given so much to all of us...I will be sending a block....

Wanda said...

I too am in. I love Kaaren's work and her generous nature. I will email you (this may also go to your email) so that I may get your address. I should get this done today and in the mail this week.

Wanda
http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

Chris said...

I would be honored to make a block for Kaaren. Will you send mailing info?

Candace said...

I would love to make a block for Kaaren and I was so hoping someone would do something like this for her! Thank you so much for putting this together Allie!
Cheers!

Ulla said...

Thank you for doing this! I will join in s well.

Patchwork Penguin said...

I'm in! Just sent you an email.

Mary said...

Sending e-mail and a block when I figure out what "Prim" is... Tiny print? red and taupe, eh?

Lyn said...

Hello Allie, I will make a block and hope it reaches you before the deadline due to the volcanic ash down our way....my thoughts with Kaaren...Hugs Lyn

Houseelf said...

I'll help. Kaaren has been so generous to the Blogging community with her patterns and talent. Please send me your address so I can get something in the post before I leave on Monday.

sunny said...

Count me in! I'd love to help bring some comfort to Kaaren. I've just e-mailed for your address.

Quilt Hollow said...

You bet I'll make a block!!!
Send me your address please.

Loralynn said...

I'm in on this! Anytime I can spread a little positive energy it's a good thing.

Carol said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing for Kaaren. She is such a nice lady, I read her blog all the time. I would love to make a block for her quilt. I'll do it right away. Please email me your address.

Sheila said...

I'd be happy to make a block for Kaaren , she has been so generous to us and I have used many of her great patterns from Friday Freebies. I will need your address so will email you . Sheila

Quilt n Queen said...

I'll be sending you a block or two!! Send me your address....Thanks Allie

luv2quilt2 said...

I would love to participate in this most generous gift for Kaaren. Thanks for organizing it.

Cheryl said...

Count me in Allie...sorry I have been MIA for a couple days!

Susan said...

Sign me up. I'll be sending you a block. I was hoping to do something for Kaaren to let her know she's loved and this is it. Please send me your address.

Orcsmom said...

Please allow me to participate. Kaaren has been so generous and encouraging to all. My prayers are with her and her family always!

Pam

Jean - Oksewnsew said...

Allie I would love to make a block for the quilt..Very nice of you to do this for her..She'll treasure it for sure.

Jean
Edmond, OK

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Seems like yesterday I got an email from her - and I want to do something for her so badly - thank you all of you for putting this together. I will gladly make a block. Please email me your address.

marina said...

i would love to make a block Allie,
please count me in. Please send the address for mailing.
It is a wonderful idea.

Red Heads said...

I will definately make a block for our sweet, kind Kaaren. She has given US soo much, it will be nice to :think of her now: I will e-mail you for your address. You are soo thoughtful for doing this my dear. Blessings: Dianne

Sylvie BG said...

I love to read Kaaren's blog and I'll miss it !
Thanks for this wonderful project. Of course, I would love to make a bloc...
Please send me your address !
Kind regards, from France,
Sylvie

JCnNC said...

Please send me your address - block will be made this weekend and sent your way. Thanks for doing this. Judy C

Joy said...

What a wonderful idea ... Allie I'd love to send a block, I'll email you for your postal address. Bless your kind heart :o).
Love n hugs,
Joy xxxx

Snoodles said...

I would like to help, too. I am not certain that I have Taupe in my stash, but I will try to find something close.
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kathy MacKie said...

Count me in-this is what quilter's do.

Hands Sew Full said...

Hi there, thanks for doing this! I just stopped at my LQS to see if they had any Taupe as I did not! They had Kona in Taupe so I bought it and I am IN! Canada Post is on strike but thankfully I am in a border town so I will drive to Michigan and post it from there! Thanks again and thanks for the tutorial as well.

Terry said...

I'll be happy to make a block for Kaaren! I already have your address! :0)

Anonymous said...

Like Beth from Alberta said, I'd love to make and send one, too - it all depends on when Canada Post is back to work - flippin' opposition and their filibustering - the back-to-work bill will pass after they finish wasting everyone's time!

Gerda in Alberta
omax2 at jwvantuil dot com

Patchwork Sisters said...

I would love to make a block for Kaaren. I enjoy her blog and just finished the Raggedy Ann Quilt. I have e-mailed for the address.

Tonya said...

I would love to join in but I am going to wait a few days to commit. I have just found you and am very anxious to start getting to know you as my life is a quilty, homeschool, Christian adventure too!

rosie said...

Oh Allie, bless your kind heart.. I would also love to do a block for Kaaren. xx

LesQuilts said...

Of course, mine is coming too, once the postal strike is done....
Thanks again for helping us become a reality!
Take care, Leslie

conny's quilts said...

As a follower of Kaaren's blog and fan of her fff's I like to join. So please email me your postaladress to connysquilts@live.nl

DebbieM said...

I follow Kaaren's blog also and would be extremely happy to make a block for her. Please send me your mailing address to deb.meyer@windstream.net

Mumbly52 said...

Would love to send a block. Have enjoyed Kaaren's blog and so sorry she has had this difficult turn. Please send your address. Thank you!!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I just found your blog and this post~ I'd love to send you a block! Thank you for doing this for Kaaren!

Jantine said...

I didn't get why we have to iron freezer paper to the block. There is a lot about the bleeding.. do you want me to sign it?

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Hi Allie,,this is Marjorie from New Brunswick...will send a block out as soon as I get your address; Canada Post is suppose to be up and running soon...fingers crossed.A very nice gesture for Kaaren...

rozhearts said...

Hi Allie, this is such a wonderful gesture to make a quilt for Kaaren I have been a follower of her blog for quite some time and it would be a privilage to make a square for her quilt. Could you please send me tour particulars.
(((HUGS))) Roz.

rozhearts said...

Sorry Allie forgot to add my email address
rozpow@yahoo.com.au

do said...

Please , send me your adress at : dtc82000@yahoo.fr
Thank you for doing this for lovely Karen

Mieke said...

What a wonderful idea, I'd love to make a block. I follow Kaaren's blog for the longest time and was supposed to meet her in Nova Scotia. But her illness prevented this. Please send me your home address and I will send it to you asap.
Mieke

Mieke said...

Sorry, email address is
m.dinkelaar@planet.nl

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Hey sweets! I have your address and the block is going to you this week. Kaaren is such a lovely lady.
xx, shell

Karen said...

What a wonderful idea. I have a block made for Kaaren. Please send me your address.

Sandi said...

I would love to make a block for Kaaren's quilt. I am fortunate to have a pincushion and several items that she made as we were swap partners a couple of years ago. Thanks for doing this! I can get a block sent by your July 15th deadline.

Daniëlle said...

Could you please send me your address? My email is: d.h.s.hanekamp@hi.nl. Of course I will make a block, will send it to you this weekend because it has to make many airmiles! Big hug for you and I will pray for Kaaren!
Lots of success and I hope you will receive a huge pile of blocks!! XXXD

~Laurie~ said...

I've been out of the blog loop lately - just saw this post on 3 Doodles and a Dog. I would like to contribute please!! Will wait for your address :) I don't have my stash with you, so I guess I'll have to visit the fabric store - oh darn!! LOL!

Carm said...

I have visited her blog. Would love to send a block. Send your address to haircarm7@yahoo.com

grandmarockton said...

would LOVE to make block as I'm a survior and like her blog! emeyer45@frontier.com

Val said...

Wonderful idea Allie. I think I have your address but you better send it to me anyway.

Diane H said...

I'd love to give something back to dear, Kaaren. Count me in - I'll get it in the post asap.

Stitches said...

Yes, I want to make a block if you are still accepting them. Please let me know if you want more. Thanks so much for doing this for Kaaren, I'm sure she will be very appreciative.

Tarnyia said...

Hi Allie... I have donated some money towards fabric and postage... as it sounds like you are getting a huge amount of blocks coming in which is so wonderful... I am sure Kaaren is going to be blown away by all the heart felt wishes coming her way xxxx

darlynn said...

Just learned about your endeavor. I would like to send you a block. Please send snail mail address.

Thank you

Sydney said...

I love Kaarens' blog and send her prayers. I don't have a blog but have a block ready to send. Please send address to: sydney120@aol.com. This is a great idea.

Nanci said...

Hi Allie:

I just saw this post but would love to make a block for kaaren it it's not too late.

Gmama Jane said...

I have just today found this worthwhile project but looks like I'm too late. If you are taking late arrivals, let me know and I can mail one out by Tuesday July 19th. if not, I'll pray for Kaaren and your project to be a successful one!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Ann said...

My friend from Australia has just bought this to my attention, and I too want to jump in. what can I do. I will make a block in the Morning and Mail it on the 19th also. You are a wonderful person to do this.

Cheers Ann

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Where was I- I would love to make a block - please send me your address.
Allie you are an angel!

Handmade by Mai said...

I'm in. I did a great friends swap with Kaaren, since that day we became blogfriends. So I'm going to make some blocks. Please send me your mailing adress.

Pink-a-Palooza said...

+Hi, do u need Karen's quilt longarm machine quilted? If so, I'd be honored. I'm a for real christian in Calif...Leave me a message on my blog...
Take care,
Gael

BJ said...

I didn't know about this until today. Is it too late to do a block? Let me know please. I will donate $$, but would love to do a block if you are still accepting.

LibbiesHome said...

I just noticed a link to this site on Quilt Hollow's blog, so I didn't know about it until this morning. Am I too late? I would be willing to donate a little money toward the back and binding, but I would love to do a block for Kaaren, too.

Sandra said...

Is it too late, I just saw this today. If you aren't accepting any more blocks, I would like to send you a little money.
Kaaren is such a sweet person.
Sandra
jjandarh@hotmail.com

Sandra said...

Is it too late, I just saw this today. If you aren't accepting any more blocks, I would like to send you a little money.
Kaaren is such a sweet person.
Sandra
jjandarh@hotmail.com

Mama Pea said...

Allie, I used to follow Kaaren's blog, but I had to give it up....too many to follow. I was unaware she was having health problems. That is too bad. What a nice thing you are doing. I missed out on contributing a block. Do you need $$ toward batting or backing? How can I help?

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