In January I volunteered to be the monthly block host for Q4CL (Quilts for Care Leavers).  This Charity Group creates quilts to donate to the Gold from the Stone Foundation set up by Lemn Sissay to offer Christmas Dinners to young people about to leave the care system and transition to adulthood.  It’s been operating several years now, and has donated a massive amount of quilts, mostly created by volunteers from their stash or fabrics donated for the project.

Each month a different block host organises a block and the members make up as many blocks as they like and send them to the block host to make up into tops. The tops then go on to a volunteer long armer to complete.

This was my block.

Swinging Chandelier

The blocks could be made up with either white or black backgrounds.

The blocks started to arrive and I soon had enough black ones to make up this beauty.

This is the first white background.

The Postie was busy with parcels popping in our letter box almost daily. I kept a record of the deliveries and thanked the members each day so they knew they had arrived safely.

It was a nice change alternating between blacks and whites.

I then added some sides and corners for an ‘en point’ look…love this one.

I then experimented with a wider border.

This was such a versatile block to have a play with the design…really swinging.

I was quite amazed at how many blocks were coming in.

I wondered about a chequered look…and this was popular with the members too.

It’s quite surprising how the design alters with a few turns of the blocks.

I saved these beautiful batiks as they arrived to make a whole top with them..gorgeous.

Oranges & lemons for this one.

All the blues.

Greens are good for you, aren’t they?

A purple theme here.

One of my favourites.

And finally 30 tops done & dusted…my work is done.

This proved a very popular block with the 100 members sending me 667 beautiful blocks.

One member kindly sent me these cute little mug mats and yummy chocolate…perks of the job!

You would think I would have had enough after making up all these but thought I would make just one more….just for me.

If you are interested in joining in the monthly block please take a look here for more information…..