Sewing For Sydney – FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s going on?
Start here for my Help for Sydney Heroes post. It’s time to join forces and make comforting quilts for the families of those most severely affected by the Sydney siege. It will never be enough, but it will be something.
Who’s getting these quilts?
Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson lost their lives in the Sydney siege. At the very least, I will be making two quilts, one for each of their families. If there are enough blocks to make other quilts, I would like to create quilts for Katrina’s three daughters, and Tori’s partner. Yes, that is six quilts.
Update: Based on the current outpouring of help, six quilts are being created!
What type of blocks are we supposed to make for the quilts?
Hashtag quilt blocks using this tutorial. (<– Click there!) Use any white fabric for the background, and a solid or tone-on-tone fabric for the front. Ideally, the hashtag should read as a single colour. Please do not send other types of orphan blocks, as I wouldn’t be a great parent right now!
How big is the hashtag block?
On paper the block will be 5.5″ unfinished, but depending on your seam allowance it may finish slightly bigger, or smaller. Do your best, and I’ll work with what you send!
Update: You may want to consider measuring your quarter inch seam prior to starting this, or any block. I often find sewing with a scant quarter inch seam helps me achieve better results.
How many hashtag blocks do you need for each quilt?
I would like to make 60″ x 75″ quilts, which would mean a formation of 12 x 15, or 180 blocks per quilt. This may change, as that’s 1,080 quilt blocks needed. Whoa.
Update: I’m pretty sure we’ll get there!
How many hashtag blocks should I send?
As many as you would like. 1 to 100 and beyond!
Should I sign my hashtag blocks?
No. Purely to keep it simple. A label will be made explaining that these quilts were created from the global quilt community.
When do you need the hashtag blocks by?
Please post/mail/ship your blocks by 02 January, 2015. However, I would like to receive as many as I can as soon as possible so that progress can begin. If your blocks are received after 19 January, 2015, I can not guarantee they will make it into a quilt top. But they might!
I don’t live in Australia, can I still send hashtag blocks?
Of course you can! Please do so!
Where do I send them?
201 / 20 Dunkerley Place
Waterloo, NSW, Australia 2017
Also, Julie from Intrepid Thread in California has agreed to post a batch of blocks from her shop. This is great if shipping to Australia is cost prohibitive for you. Grab a local stamp and get them to the Intrepid Thread by 31 December, 2014.
1709 S Main Street
Milipitas, CA, USA 95035
I can’t get quilt blocks to you, but I want to donate money. How can I do that?
You can Paypal to “firstname.lastname@example.org” any amount you like! Any funds collected will be used for quilt materials, shipping and handling charges, long arm quilting fees, and/or other associated costs. Any excess funds will be used on further quilt charity projects. I am willing to disclose my Paypal transaction history to anyone donating money. Keepin’ it honest!
I can’t donate money, but I can donate time, materials or other services. How can I do that?
You are so generous! Email me at email@example.com and let’s make something happen.
Update: All longarm quilting positions have been filled.
What do you need help with, Molli?
Thank you for your generosity of time in making and sending blocks to contribute!
If you are Sydney local, and would like to help stitch blocks together, we should have a stitching party! If you have a long arm and want to work some magic, let’s talk! If you are the fastest binding stitcher in the Southern hemisphere, well come on down!
Update: Volunteers local to Sydney would be appreciated for quilt assembly and binding services.
Ironically, is there a hash tag?
Why, of course! Try these out: #hashtagblock #GlitteratiToTheRescue #SewingForSydney
If there’s something I haven’t addressed, leave it in the comments, and I’ll add it to this page as appropriate. Once again, the Glitterati shines!