Sunday, February 15, 2009

They were great therapy for me this weekend. They are exactly 12 ½ inches square, consisting of 45 pieces each. These blocks will be on their way to Australia for quilts for the fire victims this past week.
The best way to get your mind off of your problems is to focus of something else. Here’s my weekend detour. When I decided to make blocks I left the computer and went to my book shelf instead.
It was a great opportunity to realize how many books and patterns I do have ---that I’ve never been applied to fabric. To me, the blocks just say "hope". And I guess that is what we want for all those people losing things in the disaster last week. Not everything was lost--- they still have hope.

I used my scrap basket for the fabric. It’s amazing how fabric in the basket seems to multiply even when you don’t add to it.

Ransom and I continue to enjoy the winter. I thought I’d point out a few of my favorite things. I don’t have flowers or garden vegetables but I have bark from the birch trees that I do love.
It “ravels” itself into the neatest curly streamers. I never get tired of looking at the trees …even without leaves. On our trail home there is a mushroom-like fungus on a birch tree.
It stands there as a mark that I’m on the right way home. It’s frozen solid and I count on it being there marking our route.

Several asked how the girls liked their gifts. I think they loved them. Neither left them behind. I don’t think it’s a birthday either will forget.
President’s day tomorrow… no mail, I guess my blocks will go out on Tuesday…. Everyone have a good week.

13 comments:

Libby said...

Beautiful blocks . . . . they will be well loved for sure.

I just love birch bark - we get nothing like that around these parts *s*

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great blocks and so very generous...I can see what you mean by with the trees...

rachel griffith said...

very nice blocks.

and yayyy that the girls loved their binder covers.
that picture is SO cute.

dot said...

What wonderful blocks. They cetainly will be well appreciated.

Karen said...

Very generous of you to make the blocks for the fire victims. I'm sure who ever gets the quilt the go into will be grateful;) Looks like your daughter and her friend were very suprised. I'm sure they loved them. I love the bark pic. The texture is great;) Hope things are looking up for you.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Those are really cool blocks! And I"m so glad the girls liked their binder covers and stuff.

Linda said...

Your blocks are beautiful Melanie, and I'm sure those that have them in a quilt will feel the hope that is stitched into each piece of fabric. Love the photo's of the tree's and the girls, they looked so pleased with their parcels.

Stina said...

They sure will give Hope to someones...love them...
I smiled a lot when you showed the birchtrees ... Im the same...lol...
Loved the photo of the girls...think that photo shows it all what they liked about your gifts!! :o)

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Those blocks turned out so beautiful. What a great job. I bet we could all create more if we left our computers. You did a wonderful job. Love the birch bark too.
Blessings,
Debbie

MARCIE said...

Great blocks Mel! Don't you love seeing what will come from a bunch of scraps? And for a good cause too! Also love you tree pics. Too cool!

Karen said...

The blocks would make a great quilt. I think you should make some more for yourself. I like the colors you chose.

Carol said...

Those are just beautiful blocks...very giving and caring!
Love the birch trees...we don't have any of those here. Thanks for sharing.

Chookyblue...... said...

beautiful blocks........