Friday, July 18, 2014

{the Purge} Soy Amado + Links + Prizes

Purge buttonAre you purging along?  Come one, come all to show us purge progress for your chance to win from Canton Village Quilt Works!

But first... have you heard of Soy Amado?  If you're a quilter with some history, perhaps in the form of some abandoned quilt blocks or pesky pieced scraps, then Soy Amado is your ticket to un-clutter and do good all at once. 

Soy Amado is a quilt drive for children's homes in Mexico and Tanzania.  Quilters all over the world are sending 12.5" quilted blocks to Little Island Quilting, who is assembling and donating the finished quilts to outfit whole children's homes with glorious color and warmth.

This is SO cool and so doable for all of us.  There are no color or design rules.  What a fantastic opportunity!  You do need to QUILT your blocks before sending, which is a great way to practice free motion quilting or any quilting style you've been pondering.  Here's how it works...

bits and bobs

First, root through your drawers to unearth those bits and bobs that you've been.... well.... ignoring.  I found a smallish log cabin block with curved seams (hey, those were my first curves!) and some pieced scraps from a quilt I made way back when.

Purge your orphan blocks!

Next, piece together your bits and bobs to make about 13" square blocks.  Baste them with batting and backing.  You could use any unwanted fat quarter for the backing.  Whoot!

experimental FMQ

Ok, now quilt those babies up!  I tried out some straight lines without a presser foot on my first block.  I'd been wanting to see how straight lines would feel free motion.  It was... adventurous.  I identified a quilting pattern I like and another I don't like.  Plus, yielded a very durable block!

QAYG Blocks for Soy Amado

On my second block I experimented with some floral motifs.  Fun stuff.  I purposely kept my quilting away from the edges, factoring in trimming and joining blocks. 

Purge unwanted fabrics

After quilting, trim your blocks to 12.5" square.  Leave a comment on this Soy Amado blog post, to request an address from Little Island Quilting.  Then send your blocks on their way to make a little one smile.  Hooray!

p.s. Don't forget to take a photo of your Soy Amado blocks to link up on a future Purge post!

{the Purge} Link-up and Prizes

Have you been purging along?  Add a photo that documents your purge progress to enter to win this week's prize.  Maybe you've made some blocks for a purge quilt, sold or donated some fabrics, cut tons of scraps into useable squares - anything that you've done to Purge your stash or sewing cupboards this July counts!  Have you donated fabric AND started a quilt?  If you're participating in more than one purge effort, feel free to add more than one photo for more chances to win.

This week's prize is donated by Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works.  Jackie stocks lots of Kona cotton in yardage and precuts at very attractive prices.  I thought to myself, "Self, what could be healthier for our stash than a shot of Kona cotton?"  So, out with the unloved, and in with the bright, shiny useful!

This week we'll have two winners.  Each winner will get to choose one Kona cotton roll-up from the stock at Canton Village.  These rolls of assorted 2.5" wide solid strips are versatile quilt basics, great for sashing, strip piecing and log cabins, to name a few.  In fact, you could even use them to make The Purge quilt, tutorial here!


Kona Jelly Rolls


Psst... Canton Village is having a very special sale this Saturday and Sunday only.  All Kona will be 15% off, no code needed.  What a great excuse to stock up!

Add your photo(s) now through midnight (eastern time) Wednesday, July 23rd to enter to win a Kona Roll-up of your choice.  You may upload a photo directly from your computer, no url necessary, no blog necessary. Click the blue "Add your link" button below the photos to add your photo.  Winners will be contacted by email on Thursday.  Good luck!

26 comments:

  1. Rosemary B here:
    :-( I do not have a blog for sewing and posting masterpieces. I do have many scrap projects in process right now. All of them are from my small scrap pile
    Oh well.
    Good luck to the winners

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    1. Hi there! You don't have to have a blog to enter. You can upload a photo right from your computer and you do not have to provide a URL. It's definitely important that anyone can enter, regardless of having a blog! I hope you're able to.

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    2. Rosemary again, Thanks Rachel, I hope my photo shows up. I uploaded a picture I just took with my camera.

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  2. Working on a project with Kona Solids.

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  3. I have been doing Spring cleaning of the sewing room all year - attacking my scraps and WIPs. I like the Purge because I feel better after I have developed my purge plan. I really want to make a quilt like the one in your blog header. That may be my next project :)

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  4. Rosemary B here.... me AGAIN
    I just emailed you my entry haha
    It has been a long day with my 91 year old parents. They are my "twins" now

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    1. That worked. I was able to upload your image for you. Glad it worked out!

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  5. So, I looked at my pile of unloved fabrics...and I just felt dread. More than I should have, lol. I've decided that I hate them. That I want to never see them again. I didn't buy them, they were given (out of love), but I've only held on to them out of a feeling of duty to use what was so generously gifted. But you know what? If I hate them, they won't find their way into a quilt that they deserve. So I'm giving them to a charity I contribute to, and someone else in the bee will use them to make a beautiful piece of love. Having made the decision to donate, I feel so. much. better. Such a weight lifted!

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  6. I started to purge when I saw your first post. I pulled out a ton of 2.5" batik scraps and whipped up a quilt, it is even quilted now, just have to bind it. It felt so good to use up some scraps. I also have a good amount to give to my MQG for charity quilts. Feels freeing!

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  7. I made a commitment that I would spend the entire year purging old fabrics, sewing up scraps and finishing up many half finished projects. Thanks for giving us a place to share as we purge!

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  8. Lovely Soy Amado blocks Rachel! I have already purged all my 'stuff' to Alison @ LIQ. It is an awesome way to get rid of fabric that is too good to bin, but is perfect for backing the blocks. I couldn't believe quite how many blocks I had started but didn't quite work! It's amazing how much stuff I can hoard! I'm really enjoying reading your 'Purge' posts :)

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  9. I went to the Soy Amado link you provided and could not find an address to send the blocks. Numerous people posted comments asking for an address, many recent comments also, and there were no replies. Any suggestions? carolann427@aol.com

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  10. Thanks for the tip on Soy Amado, it looks like a great initiative!

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  11. Hi there folks interested in Soy Amado! Little Island Quilting is not posting her address publicly. If you leave a comment, she does reply by email with her address. I asked her for it yesterday and got a reply same day! Her address is in the UK, fyi.

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  12. Recently I joined the ranks of the unemployed - so for me, buying new stuff is right now. BEST chance EVER to use up my scraps and stash!! Go Purge!

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  13. How can I display my picture?

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    1. If you have your picture saved on your computer, you can upload it directly from your computer. Click the blue "Add your Link" button that shows up at the bottom of the images. A new screen will appear. You can leave the url field blank. To upload from your computer, choose the "upload" option at bottom left menu. Thanks!

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  14. Hello. Can you point me to your original Purge post. Having trouble finding it. This seems like the enjoyable push I need. I'd love a little more context and direction. Many thanks!

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    1. Sure, Sheri! Here is the opening post: Stitched in Color: Purge-Along this summer

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    2. Thanks, too, for being kind about me missing the link in your opening sentence!

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  15. Going to whip up some blocks right now for Soy Amado! It makes the heart happy to pass along something you've created and I can picture a child wrapped in love and warmth. Thanks for sharing yet another way to purge our fabric for such a worthy cause.

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  16. i made/sent 10 blocks to soy amado and there is NOTHING more wonderful than being able to use your unloved fabrics while still creating, and doing it for someone/place that appreciates it! and it was a GREAT way to practice a little quilting and also purge larger pieces on the backs!

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  17. I am using my scrap fabric to make dog beds. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. Cheering everyone on! I don't have time to work on those lonesome unwanted ones right now, but it's still a treat to see what everyone comes up with.

    Rachel, someone contacted me on my blog and shared this blog post about No-Reply people:
    http://www.sewsnbows.com/why-im-a-no-reply-blogger/
    Posting it here, in case someone else hasn't totally grasped what the thing is all about. I'm using Wordpress and would like to be a Reply blogger, but it isn't possible at this point apparently.

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    1. Thanks, Nina! I absolutely didn't know that it wasn't possible for Wordpress users. How silly! Hopefully Blogger will straighten that out someday soon.

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