March 28, 2019

Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action


Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action for quilt drive | Shannon Fraser Designs

Have you seen the call out? Your help is needed.

When I heard the news about the attack on the mosques in New Zealand, it immediately conjured memories of the attack on the mosque in Quebec City and the call the action organized by the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild not so long ago.

It breaks my heart that another call to action is needed, but it’s amazing how quickly word spreads in our community and how many people jump into action to help out.
Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action for quilt drive | Shannon Fraser Designs
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Before anything was officially set-up, several of my quilty friends were already reaching out and asking if anyone knew what the plan was to help. It just goes to show you how much love and affection there is in this world.


Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action for quilt drive | Shannon Fraser Designs


WHO IS ORGANIZING THE CALL TO ACTION & THEIR GOAL


Angel of Gumboots has been kind enough to organize this block drive. 
Their goal is to make at least 100 quilts: 50 of them to be donated to the families who lost loved ones, 50 to those injured and they’re hoping to collect extra blocks to make quilts for the emergency response teams who were on the scene that day.
This is a huge undertaking for the team coordinating this drive.

Green modern heart blocks | Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action for quilt drive | Shannon Fraser Designs

HEART BLOCK SPECIFICATIONS

My understanding is you can piece whatever style of heart block you want, provided it is 6 1/2" (unfinished) and sticks to a green colourway against a white background.
They initially asked us to specifically refrain from using the colour red, prints with any animals or prints with any kind of people/ faces/ figures on them. However, they’ve since updated the request to allow for all colours and they will ensure appropriately coloured quilts are donated to the right recipients.
On their Facebook post, they included modified instructions for this cute heart block, originally designed by Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew
Dual colour heart | Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action for quilt drive | Shannon Fraser Designs

Round up of green heart blocks | Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action for quilt drive | Shannon Fraser Designs

This is such a fun and quick block to whip up too! In less than an afternoon, I had these 5 blocks pieced up.
I stuck with the originally requested green hearts and can just imagine how lovely the final quilts will look with all different shades of green and different styles of heart blocks.



WHERE TO SEND YOUR BLOCKS

There are already blocks being sent in from all over the world from caring quilters who want to show that the world is still full of love and compassion.
I recall how much work it was for my guild to organize, collect, make and donate all those quilts. It’s quite the undertaking. If you would like to help support this call to action, you can find all the information here:
For my fellow @mtlmqg members, blocks will be collected at the April 9th meeting. Otherwise, there are 3 places you can mail your blocks to:
  • 32/21 Graham Collins Drive, Windsor Park, Auckland 0632, New Zealand
  • 101 Cambridge Avenue, Ashhurst 4810, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
  • PO Box 19, Kaiapoi, 7644

Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action for quilt drive | Shannon Fraser Designs

It would be wonderful if you could spread the word using #heartsforchristchurch to help the team reach their goal. 
Be safe,

xo

Shannon
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