Round the blocks

Have you seen the Can’t Grow a Mo’ Sew a Mo’ block appeal? I won’t go into too much detail but it’s being managed by DJ Cool Bear to make a quilt to be raffled off for Movember and the Mary Potter Hospice raising money for prostate cancer patient care. All you have to do is make a block square or rectangular up to 12.5″ unfinished with an applique moustache (and there are some templates provided on the link if you can’t draw one) and mail it off to be included. I had forgotten my seam allowances when making my block this morning so I am quite glad of this because I expected to have to add another border tonight! Since quilting is all about working together and good causes traditionally, it might be something you want to get involved in. CLICK HERE FOR ALL OF THE INFORMATION.

So here’s my finished block, a dapper Dickensian gent is what I was aiming for…

Also I finished round 1 of the UK Borders Agency bee- I got Hannah’s boat block first so I added lots of solid strips round the outside to create a bit of a gap so the next person can add a load of patterns if they wish without it being too chaotic! I will be passing this on to Gina when I next see her, I have some things for her anyway!

Sadly it’s got a bit of a wonk to it- it doesn’t lay totally flat and I’m a bit worried to be honest. It could be because the block either wasn’t straight when I started adding to it or it could have been something I’ve done when building it. So what I’m thinking is if I put a big white border on it, do you think I’ll be able to square the wonk off? Any tips?!

Lastly, I’m looking for a volunteer to review the book below for me. I think sometimes it’s nice to get a mix of people reviewing things. I would post this out for you to keep and then I would need to know your general likes and dislikes about it, a couple of photos of things in the book you found particularly appealing and then I’ll format it into a guest blog post. I’d prefer UK reviewer at the minute because it will be quicker to get it to you and (marginally) cheaper. Any takers?

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4 Comments

  1. Posted September 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I would be happy to help out with a review….and I could give away the book afterward, if your publisher/sponsor would like that! But let’s see if anyone in the UK offers to help you out….that would be less postage! 🙂

  2. Posted September 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I will happily review this for you, i like having a look at new books, and if I get a chance to make a smaller project in the book i could do that in the next week or so, or at least try some of the techniques or advice etc, which is the best way to see if a book is good, or great (in my humble opinion!). And if you’re dropping into your friends down the road in the next few days you could drop it round! Ange

  3. Posted September 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The Moustache looks like the gravatar for the ‘Talk Like Poirot day’ coming up at the end of the month on Twitter ;o) (http://talklikeapoirotday.co.uk/) Very Dapper!

  4. Posted September 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The block I received also wasn’t 100% square so what I’ve done is add a wide border first, which can be trimmed back to square the block and make it a measurement that is easy to add to. It will also act as a dividing line between the centre block and the official first border. The flying geese rows will be added onto that first wide border.

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