In March I went to a Modern Quilt guild meeting held at Suppose Quilt Shoppe in Preston, Idaho. Jo Thomas taught a modern piecing method she learned from Denise Schmidt (you can see her quilts at www.dsquilts.com) It was so fun! My mom went with me and we had a great time. I will not make all my quilts this way but it was very freeing. This is the block I came home with!
A neighbor of mine donated a bunch of fabric to me before she moved because I am in charge of finding humanitarian projects for people in my church to participate in. She donated a bunch of corduroy fabric and I thought this technique would work well, with a few bright colors mixed in. I had different size strips already cut and we put our machines close together. First we sewed two starting pieces then passed… then you added one strip and passed. We continued to do this while we talked and talked for several hours. We had a great time, and look at the blocks we made!
Another organization we made things for with donated fabric is Days for Girls. Groups all over the nation make these hygiene kits that are given to girls in other countries to help them each month. In fact they might have a local chapter near you, ours helped us get started and provided the waterproof fabric we needed. Our group sewed the shields, liners, and bags then collected the rest of the items that all fit into the bag.
It took a lot of work and many hours of service from our group of amazing ladies, but it felt good. We made over 100 kits to send to Uganda and I know they helped the girls and women their get back some of their days. For more information about Days for Girls visit daysforgirls.org. Its worth the visit.