Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts

Friday, 24 June 2016

Quilts for Pulse Charity Drive - Rainbow Heart Blocks Wanted

Actually, not only 'Rainbow Heart' blocks but, entire quilt tops, binding, batting and backing are very much wanted in support of the 'Quilts for Pulse' Charity Drive.

In the aftermath of the horrible shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando on June 12 that cost the lifes of 50 people and injured many more, the global quilting community is being asked to show solidarity by helping out, either individually or as guilds and bees and other sewing groups.

Blocks and material for a minimum of 102 quilts are needed — one for each survivor, and one for the families of each victim who perished. Any quilts that surpass that number will be given to first responders, and then distributed to the LGBT community in Orlando via organizations like The Center and Zebra Coalition.

Block requirements:

  • Size 10 x 10 inches
  • Somehow incorporate rainbow colours
  • Should contain at least one heart 

Please include a full sized piece of paper with your name, guild if a member, what you've sent, and location from whence you hail.

Further information, as well as the address any blocks / material / quilts are to be sent to can be found here if you feel you have the capacity to help out.

Rainbow Heart Block Take 1

A while back I read in a blog somewhere that the author found it sort of sad that everyone just blogged about their sewing successes and how everything was 'peachy keen' and how that delivered a somewhat warped image as failures or difficulties were zoned out.

An interesting thought indeed. I guess everybody likes to feel competent and in charge and our culture practically invites us to celebrate success. Therefore, it is no wonder that we read mostly success stories. Apart from that, it is justified to feel proud that one has finished a project and cheering for each other in social media and blogging space helps to maintain the motivation to keep sewing, don't you think?

Well in the spirit of sharing, I invite you to partake in an absolute and complete sewing fiasco. Have a look at this THING. It is hard to imagine that it started out as a nice 10 x 10 square of cheerful blue fabric with a yellow heart applied to it. My design idea had been to embroider the heart in rainbow colours in line with the requested theme.

It went rather wrong as you can see. Round and round I went and the block got more and more crooked and bowl shaped. I tried to iron it flat again without avail. I think not owning an embroidery foot and not having sunk the fabric transport might have been contributing factors here.

Well then I thought, what if I cut out the blue fabric from the backside - you know the part that was now covered with the yellow fabric of the heart - maybe this would ease some tension and help me flatten this object back into two dimensionality - nope apparently not.

Well I could see that the block did no longer have the requested 10 x 10 inches and that I would have to do something with it anyway, so I though, well maybe I will just cut out the inner heart and trim the blue away and turn the rest in a sort of appliqué shape to be ironed onto a new background square with heat bond and ... by this time it was late evening on Saturday.

When I came back Sunday morning I just admitted defeat. This thing was beyond saving. I dare say, it has been a long time that I did not manage to salvage a project in some way or another. I learned something about what did not work even though the 'why' still remains to be somewhat determined - any experienced sewists are invited to comment.

Here you have it, an insider view of my very own recent sewing fiasco.


Rainbow Heart Block Take 2

Pulse Charity Drive, Heart Block, Puppilalla

OK, here the second attempt at the 'Rainbow Heart' block. Still in shock about the candy coloured inadvertently ruffled monstrosity I had produced, I commenced a second block also in yellow and blue but somewhat more sombre looking. A bit too sombre for my liking, I might have gone down a bit too far down the other side of the scale there - well but at least it stayed flat (!)

Quilts for Pulse, Charity Block, Pulse Charity Drive, Herat Patchwork Block, Puppilalla

I will send the block today.  If you find that you still have capacities time wise, consider supporting the charity drive.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Polaroid Photo Quilt #8 - To Raise a Smile

I just arrived back this morning from a lovely two week break AFK in Portugal, where I spent two weeks of leave at the beautiful Algarve coast. Literally, back about three hours, I find I have tons of things to catch up on. First and foremost, I need to catch up with and start contributing to my groups on the '2016 Advice and Tech Help for New Quilt Bloggers' exchange on the double quick, as everyone is so far ahead of me now. Secondly, I have to finish writing the block tutorial for the 'Stash Bee' Quilting Bee, where I will turn queen in June. Lots to read, sew and do.

However, just now I would like to bring the Polaroid Cancer Relief Quilt project to an offcial close today.

Last time we looked at the completed quilt and a few leftover blocks that wanted turning into pillowcases. 

I extended the blocks with extra Polaroids and strips of the grellow fabric to bring the size up to 50 cm x 50 cm, which is a decent sized standard German pillowcase, well or cushion - as the British say, size. 

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion
To secure all the seams, I used one-sided cotton fabric heat bond. I cut the heat bond to size, pinned the right sides together (pretty side with the non - adhesive side of the heat bond) and stitched once all around, just leaving a small opening to turn the fabric inside out. I closed the seam and ironed on the heat bond. Thereby, I managed to secure all seams and to avoid any raw edges.

Puppilalla Pillowcase

Here the first pretty pillowcase front and back. I had inserted another three Polaroids but noticed that there was no real necessity to do so and only used two of the already finished panels for the second one, which explains the differing amounts of visible striped fabric in both pillowcases.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion
Here the second pillowcase front and back. I like how cute they turned out. Perfect accompaniments to the quilt.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork, Pillowcase, Cushion,
A few weeks ago, I finally handed the presents over. Subsequently, I e-mailed a beautiful photograph that shows Hanno, Emma and Milla with their presents and huge smiles to all actively involved sewists that contributed to this project. I cannot share it with you here as the family would like their privacy to be respected but I can tell you that Hanno immediately identified the Star Wars fabrics with a great hello and also noticed that the blanket shows his name. The girls were equally delighted with their pillowcases and to my relief there was no jealousy whatsoever. 

The wrist tattoos that litte James sent along stole the show however and the kids spent the next 30 minutes splashing around with water trying to stick them to their arms. Hanno's mum and dad were visibly tearing up with emotion and I could see that the gesture meant a lot to them. Hanno will have the next screening at the end of June when we will know how he is.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Quilt, Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion

Thanks again to all helpers who raised smiles and tears of joy.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion

...and, yes - you did count right. There is still one panel and a few Polaroids left. Who knows, I might make myself a pillowcase too.


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Cancer Relief Improvisation Block - Missing U

Earlier this week a call for assistance reached me. A bee of a parallel swarm, of one of the quilting bees I participate in this year, was diagnosed with cancer and started chemotherapy this week. The members of her swarm decided to make her a quilt and called for blocks in support of the project. I got to work straightaway.

The idea is to make improvised blocks in the style of  the 'Missing U' block as found in the book 'Sunday Morning Quilts' by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. The blocks are to be collected, assembled and, as I understand, longarm quilted by another volunteer that has already come forward.

Puppilalla, Improvised Piecing, Improv, Missing U, Patchwork

Here a close up of a beautiful embroidered piece of gauze I once came across on the sewing room floor of one of the quilt shops I frequent. It was only a scrap but I was very much taken by the pretty circling spirals and knew I would find a home for it at some point. In order to use it, I backed the gauze with another piece of cotton.

Puppilalla, Improvised Piecing, Improv, Missing U, Patchwork

The very first picture shows the finished block but the one below shows my favorite trim. I felt the block had found some sort of balance and I would have left it at that, had the block already had the required size. As it had not a few more pieces had to be added.

Puppilalla, Improvised Piecing, Improv, Missing U, Patchwork

I mailed the block on Friday and hope it travels swiftly to reach its destination. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Polaroid Photo Quilt #7 - Completed Quilt

A lot of things have happened since my plea for help on the 23rd of January. I met wonderful people online, had many nice written conversations, and received many inspired and pretty blocks, which subsequently turned into this wonderful quilt.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt

I am over the moon with how the quilt turned out. It was definitely a good decision to choose the yellow over the sky blue for the background colour. It makes the quilt so much livelier than blue could have. Every volunteer got represented with at least one block. I wanted everyone to be included considering all the work everyone invested in this. 
Layout wise, I tried to maintain a sort of frame by aiming for an unbroken outermost ring of polaroids, which almost worked. The ‘blank’ spaces mostly kept to the inside of the quilt top, where they provide some rest for the eye and some breathing space for the camera block. As previously said, I like it =)

Unfortunately, I have pretty much run out of the ‘Kona Grellow’ otherwise, I would have liked to make the binding yellow as well. I believe it might have given off the impression of Polaroids floating on a yellow background. 

Bias Tape, Patchwork, Puppilalla, Binding

As it is, I used the background fabric to make some bias tape. The stripes look definitely cheerful and also work very well with the front.
Bias Tape, Patchwork, Puppilalla, Binding
I just love looking at all the detailed pictures and am sure that Hanno, Milla and Emma will have a lot of fun with the blanket.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt

At the moment we are looking at one finished blanket and five extra blocks that want transforming into pillowcases. 
Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt, orphan blocks

I have received a long e-mail from Hanno’s dad, who gives periodic up-dates on the family situation and after the last three months’ trials, the family looks forward to some quiet time to catch their breaths.

Once I have completed the pillowcases (I am just such a slow sewist), I will wrap the presents prettily and write a letter to the family to tell them of the people I met along the journey that helped making the blanket and without whom it would not have been realized. For example, I will tell Hanno of five year old James in Utah, who - hero that he is - shared his stash of star wars and cowboy prints, so his mum could make polaroids of them AND generously sent wrist tattoos along to this German boy also aged 5 and his sisters. Very generous indeed.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt
I guess we will be looking at one more post to wrap up the project upon completion of the pillowcases. Until then stay well and healthy and enjoy the Spring.

I link up with 'Sew Cute Tuesday' @ 'Blossom Heart Quilts'.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Polaroid Photo Quilt #6 - Final Spurt

I am very pleased with the progress I have made with the Polaroid quilt over Easter. I pieced the top, pieced and preped the backing fabric, made a little quilt label out of one of the extra polaroids, prepared the layers and quilted the the blanket in simple straight lines. The latter is due to me not having mastered (let alone begun making the first baby steps) in free motion quilting or any 'proper' machine quilting.

Polaroid Quilt, Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, paper piecing

As I will not be in time to learn FMQ for this particular project, straight lines will have to do. The quilt top is so whimsical and busy anyway, that I don't think missing quilted ornaments will matter greatly in this instance. Here I was just about to iron the backing fabric.

Polaroid Quilt, Photo Quilt, Puppilalla,

While I busied myself with the quilt blocks, I spied the following animals (the list may be incomplete): tigers, horses - even winged ones, mice, cats, dogs, owls, an octopus, monkeys, a donkey, ants, butterflies, bugs, toads, a salamander, chicken, snails, bears, a moose, a deer, foxes, song birds, bees, cranes, rabbits, a pheasant, fish, elephants, a zebra or two and ducks. Half a zoo really.   =)

I am exceedingly pleased with the outcome and hope that all the volunteers are equally happy with how the blanket looks so far. 

quilt label, embroidered label, Puppilalla

I converted one of the extra polaroids into a simple quilt label. All that remains to do, is to make some bias tape, in yellow I should think, to bind the quilt. I have five blocks left and considering my current energy levels, I have to admit that I am not going to manage two more quilts at short notice. Therefore, pillowcases it will have to be. 

I am off for the final spurt. I will keep you posted.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Polaroid Block Quilt #5 - Coming along

I made some progress over the weekend. I decided on a 3 x 4 layout for the blocks and played around with their placement. I pulled out a few yards of a wonderful fabric with colourful stripes for the backing – alas it needs ironing – and foundation paper pieced this nice retro looking camera. The pattern by 'Quiet Play' is available on Craftsy.

Polaroid quilt, camera block, paper foundation piecing, Puppilalla

The pattern has so many tiny pieces that I lost patience and simplified it a little bit. Yes, I am an impatient person. =)

The camera combined with some of the extra polaroids will form another block for the quilt top and lend it character. The remaining blocks - those not included in Hanno's quilt- will become gifts for Hanno’s sisters. Hanno has completed his six weeks of radio therapy this week and was a brave little trooper throughout. He did it completely without anaesthetics, which is something when you are only 5 years old and it involves three masks being fastened to your face and lying absolutely still for 10 minutes, while your head is being treated with focussed radiation.
As the cancer is so rare, the doctors of three university clinics changed their mind four times as whether to follow-up with chemo therapy or not. The latest verdict is – not to. To some extend it is a relief because the chemo therapy is such an invasive treatment. On the other hand, it is disquieting because you have creeping doubts whether truly everything has been done and tried. Nobody knows how things will go from here. Now we have to wait to see if the surgeries and radiation therapy did the cancer in or whether it grows back. 

We keep our hopes up and in the meantime I will invite the kids around to a pancake extravaganza some time in April. 


Sunday, 13 March 2016

Cancer Relief Quilt #4 - Ready, Steady, Go!

This weekend I had meant to fully steam ahead and make great progress with the quilt now that everybody's block has arrived but then a family emergency took up all the weekend. Albeit that setback, I wanted to show you at least a group picture of all the blocks together and of the little extra block components and polaroids I have received.

Thus, I pulled my living room table aside, laid out the blocks in no particular order and scrambled on top of my ladder to snap you a picture.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, in progress, Puppilalla
Always starting from the left: 1st row blocks by Laura, Lisa, myself, Maja; 2nd row Renae, zen quilter, Renae again, Liz; 3rd row June, Mary and the Burpham Babes, June again, Karin; 4th row all by Jenn


Are these not just darling? The polaroids do exactly what they should, they mesmerize. I could just stare and explore the little pictures forever. So much work and care went into those blocks. Thanks to all the donors again. (You rock!)

Polaroid Photo Quilt, in progress, Puppilalla

I have reached a crossroad project wise though. As you helpers have been so generous and some of you made more than one block, I have plenty now.
  • Should I make Hanno one big blanket as laid out in the picture above? 
  • Should I keep easy transport in mind and make a smaller blanket with 3x4 blocks and use the remaining blocks and polaroids and incorporate them into blankets for Hanno's two sisters? They are equally concerned by the family circumstances after all? 
  • Should I make one big blanket and gift it to the entire family and make pillowcases out of the remaining polaroids and give those to the three children?

Decisions, decisions.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, in progress, Puppilalla

Happy for your thoughts.

Jenn's pretty four

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Polaroid Quilt Blocks for Cancer Relief Quilt #3 - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

February draws to a close and I thought I quickly drop you a line concerning the polaroid block quilt project. Throughout the last few weeks I could not do much but sit tight and let others work their magic.

Puppilalla, Polaroid blocks, photo blocks, patchwork
from top left to bottom right, blocks by June, myself, June again, Maja, Liz and Karin

Then letters with beautiful blocks started to drop in from all corners of the world and I have received many encouraging and kind words which I will pass on to Hanno and his family.

I am going to wait about two more weeks for the last blocks, I have been notified about, to come in and then it will be my turn to pull things together.

donated polaroid photo blocks for cancer relief quilt
Laura's block

Once again words cannot really express how deeply grateful I am to all the volunteers without whom this project would not have gotten off the ground. Thank you.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Polaroid Quilt Blocks for Cancer Relief Quilt #2 - Up - date

Hello there, I feel a lot has happened since I put up my request for help in making 'Polaroid' blocks for a cancer relief quilt two weeks ago. I thought it was opportune to give you an up-date.

Good friends of mine, who have three lovely children aged 8, 5 and 3, found out just before New Years Eve that their middle child Hanno has a brain tumour. Therefore, I wanted to sew him a blanket to help him getting through the difficult time ahead. I immediately  had offers of support and many of my quilting bee fellow sewists have agreed to help me out with polaroids or blocks straight away.

If everyone lives up to their word - and I am sure they will - I should have enough block elements to put this quilt top together. So thank you for stopping by and your consideration and willingness to help out. Further assistance will not currently be necessary

I have seen some first drafts, have spoken about options with my helpers and should be getting the first blocks or polaroids in the mail from this week onward. Not all went smoothly though, for example it has been pointed out to me that my contact tab stopped working so that is something I have to look into, as people cannot get in touch with me otherwise. So I have no idea when it stopped working and if I have missed some communication attempts. If you tried to get in touch and failed, leave me a comment beneath this post and I will be in touch.

Polaroids from Patricia

All in all, I am quite overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity of my fellow quilters who jumped at my side to help me at the blink of an eye, despite not knowing me other than virtually in cyberspace. Their kind support in sewing and spreading my request certainly made me feel a lot better about what essentially felt a lot like begging for help.

Thank you to all my helpers for all the kind words and support. I will keep you posted on the progress of the project.


Should YOU find yourself in a tight spot completing a project that is close to your heart, do not hesitate to contact me, I will help out


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Polaroid Quilt Blocks for Cancer Relief Quilt #1 - Call for Helpers

Up-date: THANK YOU for your kind words, blocks and polaroids. I have had immediate responses and offers for help. If everyone lives up to their word - and I am sure they will - I should have enough block elements to put this quilt top together. So thank you for stopping by and your consideration and willingness to help out. 

Also anyone who is currenly already sewing but has not gotten the mailing address yet, please leave a comment beneath this post and I will get back to you.

Hello there,
This blog post is a call for volunteers. It is a bit of an unusal forum to discuss my request for assistance but I would be grateful if you could see yourself helping me out. 

The Background: 

Good friends of mine, who have three lovely children aged 8, 5 and 3, found out just before New Years Eve that their middle child Hanno has a brain tumour. It is a rare form of a malicious cancer that only occurs about 35 - 45 times in a million annually in Germany. It mostly befalls children between the age of 3 and 10, while grown-ups are seldomly afflicted.
Hanno had neurosurgery twice already in the last two weeks and is looking ahead to at least eight months of chemo and radio therapy. Luckly, the cancer has not yet spread beyond the initial tumour. As Hanno will have to spend a lot of time in hospitals waiting around for and in-between treatments, I would like to make him a type of 'I spy with my little eye' - quilt, namely a 'Polaroid Photo' quilt.

The Request:

I am however not the fastest sewer and do work full time, which leaves little time for sewing. Additionally, I do not have the necessary amount of novelty print fabrics to accomodate that many polaroid fussy cuts without repeating them over and over. Therefore, I would appreciate assistance in making the blocks. I had initially asked my quilting bee to allow me to swap months to bring my turn forward from June but was not allowed. I could wait until it is my turn in June but that feels frivolous in the given situation.

This is where you might come in. If you feel you have the time and capacity to construct and donate a block towards this project, I would be, well ... I would be rather grateful.
Please get in contact with me by leaving a comment beneath this post for the postal address.

In case you have not seen them before, 'Polaroid' quilts mimic the look of polaroid photographs. Pretty fussy cuts are being framed in a white solid and then assembled to blocks with a solid in the chosen background colour. Here a few examples of this type of quilt:

polaroid quilt, polaroid block, polaroid photo quilt block
1. Oona run amok @ flickr - 2. Polaroid Swap @ occasionalpiece - 3. Love in Polaroids @ Stitched in Color


- various novelty prints for 3.5 x 3.5 fussy cuts 

- white solid for the ‘polaroid frame’ 

- yellow solid for the quilt background
(for ease of reference, I use the Kona Cotton Solid in Grellow)

Up-date: Feel free to work from your stash. There is no need to go out and buy extra fabric. That includes the yellow solid. I only mentioned Kona Cotton Solid in Grellow as point of reference. 

Block Construction: Work with a ¼ inch seam throughout. The final block size including seam allowance is 15.5 x 15.5 inches. The block may display as few as 6 and up to 9 polaroids. 

The Polaroids:

The polaroids (fussy cut and frame) once assembled in the final block will have an individual size of 3.5 x 4 each. This includes a fussy cut of 3 x 3 inches and a white frame of ¼ of an inch at the sides and the top of the picture and ¾ of an inch at the bottom of the picture.

As the fussy cuts are meant to have a final size of 3 x 3 inches, I prepared a 3.5 x 3.5 template (cut from an old postcard) to help me finding suitable motifs. You could equally just use builders tape on your quilting ruler as visible in one of the tutorial pictures below. Find, mark and cut your motifs at a size of 3.5 x 3.5. Press with a hot iron, should they be crinkly. The motifs may be of any colour or theme: typewriters, fruit, vegetables, cars, houses, ships, spacecrafts, landscapes, dinosaurs, critters, chairs etc. as long as you can find a pretty detail in the print. 

The polaroid, once assembled, will have a ¼ inch frame width at the top, to the left and to the right. The bottom part of the frame will measure ¾ of an inch. I used a chain piecing technique to frame the fussy cuts in white. Have a look at the pictures below. They should give you a fairly accurate impression of how to go about it. If not, here is another tutorial, that illustrates the process.

Take your solid white fabric and cut a long continuous strip. As I find it difficult to work accurately with fabric strips that are too narrow and like a bit of wiggle room anyway, I cut my fabric strips the width of 1 ¼ inches for ease of sewing. If you are good at precision piecing and sewing feel free to work with narrower fabric strips for the sides and top of the polaroid. For the bottom part you will need 1 ¼ inches of width (including seam allowance) anyway. 

I pressed the fabric strip and placed it under the needle. I then aligned the fussy cuts right sides together on the edge of the fabric strip and chain pieced all the fussy cuts. I cut the pieces apart, pressed the seams open and repeated that process on all sides.

tutorial pictures by Kat @ Cheeseandcrackerjacks

Once the fussy cuts were framed they looked like this. I trimmed them down to a size of 4 x 4.5 inches for final assembly.

Block Assembly:

I am aiming for a loose grit. The polaroids are not required to line up perfectly. Therefore, you are mostly free to assemble the block with the yellow background fabric as you like as long as you observe the below parameters. 

Imagine a 9 patch grit and try to place the polaroids in this grit. Place 1 polaroid per patch so to speak (or leave ‘blank’ spaces should you work with less than 9 polaroids) They do not have to be exactly evenly spaced. Some may or snuggle up to each other. One block may lean towards another block a bit or there may be gaps between some. The finished block may display up to 9 but no less than 6 polaroids. 

However, please refrain from doing anything of the below:

The finished block should have a size of 15.5 x 15.5 inches. 

I am looking to receive assistance throughout February in order to have the quilt finished by the middle of March. 

OK, this was a seriously long blog post. I hope I managed to convey how to go about making the block. Feel free to ask questions if something remains unclear or to point out obvious mistakes I might have made writing this up

Many thanks for your help!

Here is my first block yet un-trimmed. I am currently assembling the second.

The above displayed spacing and measurements I used are not mandatory. I only included them because some people specifically asked for some directions. Feel free to deviate.

Monday, 23 November 2015


urbandictionary, refugee, language support, Berlin, Schöneberg, school project

Speaking of refugee support projects, look what I came across the other night. On the way home I found this sign hanging on a rain water downpipe next to the local organic shop. From what I gathered, this might be a school project called #urbandictionary. School kids put up these signs as refugee language support and a sign of welcome. Thumbs up, well done guys and girls! 

(Though the project is not to be mixed up with the webpage on streetwise lingo by the very same name)

‘mini decki’ Charity Up-date - 27 Blankets in 5 Hours

There was a ‘mini decki’ sewing get-together on Saturday, which I attended. One of the Berlin area coordinators, generously offered to pick me up so that I would not have to lug my sewing machine around town on public transport. We were eight volunteers and managed to sew 27 blankets in about 5 hours.

mini decki, Kuscheldecken für Flüchtlingskinder, charity project, blankets, refugee children

Where the refugee relief action is concerned there is so much to do and so little time to do it in, winter having arrived. Yesterday we had the first snow. Since the project kicked off in Berlin in September, 237 blankets have been sewn and handed over in conjunction with other charitable organisations like the Johanniter and the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) to refugee children at several refugee centres. 

250 more blankets are currently still required and the number is steadily increasing. Before Christmas three more dates in three different places have been scheduled to hand out the blankets.
mini decki, Hilfsaktion, Decken, Flüchtlingskinder, refugee children, charity, blankets

I realized that I also had not yet reported back if I had actually attended the monthly meeting of the Berlin Modern Quilt Guild or not. I have to confess, I stayed on the couch in September, as I could not face the outside world after a late night out but I went to the October meeting.

The Berlin Modern Quilt Guild is made up of about only 20 member, yes, you heard right. Unfortunately, the guild’s blog is nothing to look at the moment as it has fallen into disrepair and is no longer maintained, although some individual members have social media outlets of their own. The guild ‘members’ attend occasionally to work on either private projects or on something the group agreed.

The meeting took place in a privately rented basement space that has been converted into a sewing studio and was only attended by two members of their ‘regular’ group, myself and another curious new quilter. I cannot show you any pictures of the place as I felt it would have been in-opportune for a first time attendee to wipe out the camera in order to snap pictures for a blog. On the day itself I worked on further blocks for my Tessellation style pillowcase and made good progress. The guild’s November meeting was cancelled but there will be a meeting in December, which I will try to attend (with the view to finish the pillowcase at some point  =)

That other new quilter there that day turned out to be one of the three ‘mini decki’ refugee relief action coordinators for the Berlin area, who took the opportunity to explain the entirely privately organised and facilitated charity project to us. This is how I came to sewing in support of refugee children in Berlin. And the next sewing 'mini decki' get-together will not be until after Christmas now.

Monday, 2 November 2015

'mini decki' Relief Action - Comfort Blankets for Refugee Children

So here they are. I have completed two blankets for the charity project 'Mini Decki' that hopes to provide comfort blankets for all refugee children that will have arrived in Germany by the end of this year. 'Mini Decki' is a private initiative carried by volunteers all over the country and supported by private and commercial donors. 

The blankets are meant to provide warmth and a feeling of security for these children who had to flee their home countries due to terrible circumstances, who are dispossessed and who are facing an insecure future. 

Mini decki refugee relief project finished comfort blankets Puppilalla

One of the Berlin area coordinators dropped by with a few fabric donations at my apartment last week. From a children's pillowcase, some yards of red fabric, a bed sheet and a duvet, I made two blankets measuring 100 cm x 140 cm. 

Mini decki refugee relief project fabric donations for comfort blankets Puppilalla

While the blankets are ideally meant to be cheerful and pretty the main focus actually lies on their speedy realisation in order to be able to achieve the required numbers. Therefore, I completed mine within a day. I will drop off the blankets at the collecting point this week, where they will be labelled with the 'mini decki' project label before being distributed to one of the many refugee centres. 

Last Saturday 24 more blankets were completed by a number of Berlin based volunteers.

Each blanket will be accompanied by a card providing information about the project in English, French, Italian, Tigrinya, Farsi and Arabic. Requests for more blankets from associations and institutions consigned to organise the refugees and facilitate their accommodation in Berlin keep coming in left, right and centre. Time permitting, I will try to get some more blankets sewn or to make time to join the next sewing workshop.