Homebody QAL & Donate: Week 2

Updated: Jun 30

Welcome to week 2 of the Homebody QAL & Donate! It's been fun seeing all the fabrics chosen this week. Great job everyone! Now that you have decided on fabrics and cut everything, it's time to get to sewing!

Make sure to stay organized especially with the particular pattern having two versions. Remember the scrappy version has notes in separate boxes. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me should you run into any questions or find any part confusing. I'm here to help you in any way I can!

This week we're making HSTs. If you've never made (8) at a time, you're in for a treat! It's a exciting to piece in groups with a faster finish time. I will say this is probably the most packed week of the QAL. Once we get through all these HSTs, things will continue to move at a faster pace.

Once you're ready to start, you'll begin by placing (1) A square and (1) D square wrong sides together after you've drawn diagonal lines on the back of the D squares.

Sew a 1/4" from the drawn lines on both sides of both lines. Then you're ready to trim revealing (8) total HSTs!

An important step is that small sentence in the instructions to "trim each HST." Please tell me I'm not the only one who learned the hard way how important this step is?! The first quilt I made with HSTs, I, in my infinite wisdom, thought I could skip this step. Boy, was I wrong! As I always tell my kids, take the time to do it right!

Moving on to this week's winner! Drumroll please...

And the winner is @comestitchwithme. Congratulations! Please reach out to me so that I can get your prize in the mail to you.

Next week's prizes come from another Etsy Shop called Sew Many Quilty Things. She is providing this beautiful 12 Pointed Star, 15 oz. Mug Tumbler and I'm adding some adorable mini charm packs in the mix! So delicious on so many levels! Your friendly reminder: share your progress on Instagram or our Facebook group using #qalanddonate.

I wanted to take a moment to share with you a little more about Quilts for Kids, Inc. so that the idea of sending your quilts is more real. Last fall, this was posted on Facebook demonstrating just how busy QFKs remains. From the photo, you can see how busy they were by how many empty spaces there are yet also how their need is never ending.

"In October QFK sent out 503 quilts to Hydrants of Hope (OK), St. Peter's (NJ), Morgan Stanley Presbyterian (NY) Kindred House (PA) and Capital Health (NJ.)

This month is starting with a bang...quilts are going out Headstart, Bucks County (PA), Covenant House (PA), Eastern Maine Medical, and St. Christopher's (PA.) ...380 so far.

Below you will see a healthy quilt room, i.e., almost empty, meaning that the quilts are in the hands of children!"

It always helps to see actual photos from Quilts for Kids, Inc. You can read all about their work on their website including stories and photos of children with their new quilts! Seeing and hearing is believing!

So keep that in mind this week...picture one of those little faces and know in your heart the impact your quilt will make! Keep up the great work.

Great job everyone! Keep sharing...so that we keep spreading the word...so that more children will have quilts!

Beth Ann

PLEASE NOTE: Should you finish your quilt early, please download and include the PDF form below in with your quilt shipment:

Quilts for Kids Return Form
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