Tree of Strength for Australia Block Tree Block for Australia
QUILT BLOCKS FOR AUSTRALIA
We have all watched and heard about the devastating fires across Australia and we know there are guild members with family and friends living there. And, of course, there are Canadian firefighters helping to battle the bush fires. There are many ways to help with donations to the Red Cross and other charitable organizations; these are easy to find with a simple google. Many of you are already participating in a activities organized by quilters and guilds from around the world.
MQG would like to support the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild’s recent request for tree blocks. Their reasons for a tree block are inspiring. The tree is a symbol of growth and nourishment. A tree symbolizes the generations of a family. A tree sprouts from a seed, the roots provide strength and stability, and while the new sapling is young and vulnerable they are protected by the other trees until they grow and flourish. In time the branches spread and then create new fruit that gives life to the next generation.
The WMQG would love the quilts blocks to be beautiful and diverse just like their communities and they have set some expectations and the MQG had a couple of additional requirements: SIZE: generous 12.5 inch square (so please no 12.25” or 12”) better too big and able to trim than too small COLOUR: the background should be pale colour (soft white, light grey or beige maybe even very pale yellow) PATTERN: there is no restriction to one type of tree block, but two patterns are provided (below). DEADLINE: all blocks must be received by our February 6 meeting to be included package we send from MQG. Drop them off at the library table and the guild will arrange shipping. Just quilt blocks … NO pieced tops or finished quilts! We will ship only blocks. CASH: if you want to bring some cash we will send that to the WMQG to pay for backing and batting.
Members have been generous and creative in your support in response to many recent requests – the Humboldt Broncos, Quilt Canada’s blocks for Ronald McDonald House and Quilts of Valour. We thank you in advance for your support.
Marlene, Susannah and Jane
Show Case of Guild's members quilt tops.
Labels that were attached to our quilt top donations
This top was made with blocks made by students in grade 7 and 8 at St. Louis School and Guild member Pat Edwards.
The quilt blocks were made by Bev Smith a former member.
4 quilters in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan contacted Marlene (they did a google search and found the newsletter that talked about making the Bushfire blocks) to ask if we would include the blocks they had made along with ours. I assembled the top and this is their quilt. They had added small Canadian flags to several of the blocks.