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Piecemeal Quilts 2:27pm, 11 February 2009
Tia asked me to help out with the Flickr side of things. so I thought I'd start a post for answering all of the main questions. If you have a "big" question, ask it here and one of us will update this first post with the answers. Please bump this post if you notice it falling to the bottom.

Deadline
There are potentially a LOT of blocks going to Tia for assembly and quilting. Fortunately she had a great crew of people to help her, but to be sure it can get done before she leaves Australia, she must receive the blocks by the end of March. Based on recent shipments, it takes about a week from the US, if mailing to the APO address. I'm not sure how long it's taking from other countries.

Addresses
Send your blocks, quilts, or other supplies to one of the following addresses:

US APO address - "local" to those mailing from the US, so postage will be much less expensive:
Tia Curtis
PSC 276 BOX 89
APO AP 96548 USA

If you're mailing to the APO, be sure to use Priority Mail.

Australian street address:
Tia Curtis
18 Forrest Crescent
Gillen Suburb
Alice Springs, NT 0870

Size
The stars should be 12 1/2" untrimmed, so when they're sewn into the finished quilt they will be 12". For those on the metric system, the untrimmed size is 31.75 cm and the finished size is 30.5 cm. Okay, it's really 30.48 cm, but I think we can fudge just a bit...

Patterns
Maverick or Wonky Stars are a great way to go because they're fast, easy, and can be adjusted for size easily. The original tutorial is by Quiltville and can be found here. This provides detailed instructions with lots of fantastic photos, but the measurements provided produce a finished 6" block. For a 12" finished block, your squares should be cut at 4 1/2" (11.5 cm). There's a fantastic tutorial from BooDilly here, and you can also print a PDF of the pattern with the new measurements here. If you find that you're having trouble attaining a 12 1/2" unfinished block, try cutting your squares at 4 3/4" (12 cm) and trim the final block to 12 1/2". Because they are deliberately wonky, there's no worrying about "perfect" points.

If Wonky Stars aren't your thing, or if you'd like to try some other stars, there are tutorials all over the internet. Crazymomquilts did a fantastic star quilt along, and you can see her patterns here (look on the right side for more blocks). Quilters Cache has thousands of blocks - browse them here. I also created a couple of PDFs for basic stars here and here. If you'd like to send blocks other than stars, that's fine, too. Keep in mind, though, that there's a deadline. Really intricate blocks aren't the goal - lots of beautiful, FINISHED quilts are. Also, remember that these quilts are going to people of all ages and genders. Try to make some youthful blocks, and some masculine blocks..

Support Button
Helen has designed a fantastic button to put on your blog. You can copy the button from Tia's blog. If you have trouble with it, try j_q_adams' solution: right-click on the image and save it locally to your computer. Then in Blogger (or whatever you use), add it as a picture to your sidebar and enter the address of the Flickr group as the link. You can also copy the HTML code below:

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/groups/bushfirequiltproject/"><img src="http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b286/minimilly/bushfirequiltsbuttoncopy.jpg" alt="Bushfire Quilt Project" /></a>


Other Donations
If you'd like to donate something other than a quilt block, thank you! We have been given some batting/wadding and backing, but thread would be nice. Light colors are best, and any weight is fine. Tia could also use fabric for the binding. In fact, if you feel like making some binding strips, Tia likes to use 2 1/2" folded binding. She's planning on making 60" square quilts, so 260" of binding should give plenty of leeway. Straight or angled seams, whatever you generally do yourself. And both single fabric and scrappy bindings are welcome.

(Clarification of binding: Cut fabric strips 2 1/2" wide, either straight of grain or on the bias. Bias is good for curved edge quilts, but these will be straight so straight of grain is just fine. Sew your strips together end to end to make about 260" or 6.5 meters. Fold the strip in half the length of the strip and press. Rolled binding stays neatest during transport.)

She could also use safety pins for basting the quilts. At this point we're not picky, so whatever safety pinks you have available (although personally, I like to use the special bent safety pins that were made specifically for quilt basting).

As for complete quilt tops - OH, YEAH! That isn't making more work, it's reducing the amount of work because they don't have to be assembled. Whether the tops are Wonky Stars, other stars, or other blocks entirely, they're welcome.

If you'd like to help out with postage or purchasing items for use in the construction of the quilts, you can send a donation through PayPal. Be sure to designate it as a donation for the Bushfire Quilt Project, and send it to tia@campfollowerbags.com.

Tia will use any extras for door prizes at the quiltathon and for the rebuilding of the stashes lost in the fires. There's no such thing as too many quilting supplies!

Signatures
It isn't required, but if you'd like, sign your block and include your location. Just a simple "Tia Curtis, Alice Springs" is enough. Put it anywhere on your block, and use any permanent pen or embroidery.
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
Great job on the FAQs! you Rock!
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
Good morning to Bushfire Quilt Project day 4
Alatariel Leralonde 12 years ago
Good afternoon (here in Illinois, at least!)!
best sound [deleted] 12 years ago
Where on the block do we sign our first name and state?
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Piecemeal Quilts 12 years ago
Signature info has been added to the FAQ above.
chickenfoot 12 years ago
i work in a quilt shop and will see if i can get my boss to donate some thread, we have aurofil, is that ok? and would you want piecing weight or quilting weight, or both?
color preference?
if we are sending binding, how long approximately should it be?
thanks
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Piecemeal Quilts 12 years ago
Binding strips should be 260" long, to give a little leeway on a 60" square quilt. (Correct me if you'd like something different, Tia.) I'll defer to Tia on the thread questions, since she's the one who will be using it.
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
Thread would be great, but we really are going to need safety pins to pin baste the quilts.

Thread color would probably be best as a cream or light color since all the lovely stars are going to plenty of sparkeling all on their own 'o). I really have no preference to weight as both will be used!

Good luck and thanks in advance!

x
Tia
best sound [deleted] 12 years ago
I can send a couple of packages of safty pins with my blocks. Thanks for all of ya all's hard work to help others!
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Piecemeal Quilts 12 years ago
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reflective quiet [deleted] 12 years ago
will get some thread and safely pins off tomorrow Tia...and will work on some bindings this week...do you prefer the bindings to have an angled seam or straight up?

kathleen
xx

ps what about scrappy bindings to go with scrappy blocks..have heaps of scraps ?
H.e.l.e.n. Posted 12 years ago. Edited by H.e.l.e.n. (member) 12 years ago
I know I saw something elsewhere in the discussions, about sending along a completed quilt top (not in wonky stars), for Tia and her guild to complete, but I can't find the post now, so thought I'd asked about it here.

I've got a nearly completed cot-sized quilt top that I'd love to donate, if in doing so I'm not creating too much work in the finishing-up stages. Will donate funds for the wadding/backing (or could send all of that myself, with the top).

I don't have any access to a long-arm machine, so while I can turn out a quilt top reasonably quickly, I can't transform it into a quilt with much speed.
reflective quiet [deleted] 12 years ago
h.e.l.e.n....if you find you cannot send them here there is another appeal going and Jan will quilt them as well...she did four more today...what a trooper

ozcomfortquilts.blogspot.com/

Kathleen
reflective quiet [deleted] Posted 12 years ago. Edited by reflective quiet (member) 12 years ago
Tia....are normal sized threads okay...going to Spotlight tomorrow...what size safety pins as well?

Shutting down for a few hours now...we are going to watch I am Legend on Movie One...hopefully it will not be too upsetting after last week's happenings

Kathleen
xx
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
Good luck on that movie, Kathleen. I tired to watch it a few months back not really knowing what it was about and ended up scaring myself to death. Then bawling my eyes out.

Anyway, whatever thread you want to send I am sure we can use it!

Cheers!
Tia

Oh and ladies thank you so much for the offers of quilt tops and pins! fantastic!
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Piecemeal Quilts 12 years ago
I've updated the FAQ main post to include answers to the questions above, as well as others I've found in the discussion threads. I just have to say: Ladies and Gentlemen, YOU ROCK!

Tia has a great structure in place for handling the blocks and quilts coming in - and boy, would I love to be there at the end of March for her community-wide quilting bee. She has assemblers and quilters lined up, distribution is falling into place, and there are guild members willing to take over the project when Tia leaves.

I read a blog post about a woman who went through a fire a while ago, and she specifically mentioned the quilts that her family received. The knowledge that complete strangers cared enough to put effort into creating something for them meant a great deal. They still consider these quilts to be treasured family heirlooms. In another blog post, a woman who lost everything except her family and pets was given a quilt, and she immediately wrapped it around herself. Quilts aren't just about utility and physical warmth. They are about comfort and caring and reassurance. Call it emotional warmth. I know it's stating the obvious, but we are doing a good thing. Thank you all for the effort!
When.Pigs.Fly. 12 years ago
I'm new to the Brushfire Project so thanks for the FAQ page, PieceofMe and BagLady. I read about it on the "Friday Block Party" blog - one of the ladies was going to forgo her Friday block to do some stars. I'm off upstairs to do some Wonky Stars! Good way to spend a rainy Sunday, yes?
Cheers, all.
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
Rain would be so nice! Best weather to sew in that is for sure. Enjoy your stars, I hope they behave for you!

Cheers!
Tia
reflective quiet [deleted] 12 years ago
wow..you are up to 199 members now....that would be eight quilts if everyone only did one block....wonder who the 200th member will be?
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
Here is some great news!

Kim of Honeysuckle Cottage just sent me a parcel that contains 11 bolts of fabric with 10 metres on each, and 10 x 1000 metre spools of Rasant thread. The fabric is a combined effort of Honeysuckle Cottage and Max New Fabrics, and the Rasant thread (which is the only thing Kim stitches with) has been kindly donated from Sewing Thread Specialists, a thread wholesaler in Sydney.

Isn't that spactacular! I sure think sew.

I am turning in folks,
xo,
Tia
Miles of Fabric 12 years ago
Do you have any color preference for the binding strips?
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
I do not have any preference whatso every. Snce most of the quilt tops are going to be on the scrappy end, anything will match.
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Piecemeal Quilts 12 years ago
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Alatariel Leralonde 12 years ago
bump!
Marci H 12 years ago
I just found this project, if blocks are mailed from the U.S. the first week of March, will that be in time to help?
conniesayler 12 years ago
Add me to to list. I will get my blocks done this weekend. Great project.
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Piecemeal Quilts 12 years ago
Marci H, based on recent shipments, it takes about a week from the US, if mailing to the APO address. You should have plenty of time to send your blocks!
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
Absolutely Marci!
H.e.l.e.n. 12 years ago
Re. binding... You've said 2.5 inch folded binding. Is this folded down the middle, or folded in towards the middle? And is 2.5 the finished width, or th width of the strip pre-folding? And is bias-cut a must, or can I cheat and do it on the grain...
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Piecemeal Quilts 12 years ago
H.e.l.e.n., I clarified the binding information above - thanks for pointing that out!

Clarification of binding: Cut fabric strips 2 1/2" wide, either straight of grain or on the bias. Bias is good for curved edge quilts, but these will be straight so straight of grain is just fine. Sew your strips together end to end to make about 260" or 6.5 meters. Fold the strip in half the length of the strip and press. Rolled binding stays neatest during transport.
Marci H 12 years ago
What is the quickest way to mail to an APO? Can priority mail be used?
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
Priority mail is best. Parcel post can take a long time. Thanks for asking!
H.e.l.e.n. 12 years ago
Thanks for the detail about binding, Piece of Me. I tend to play it by ear with my binding (which rarely works well...), so I thought I better clarify!
reflective quiet [deleted] 12 years ago
Wondering how things are going and if there is anything else you need Tia? I finally found my off white fabrics so will try my hand at a few wonky stars although i also like friendship stars...will see which the old arthritis likes best. Please let me know if you need more bindings etc
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Piecemeal Quilts 12 years ago
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Misha Misha Misha Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Misha Misha Misha (member) 12 years ago
edited post because I found the answer...I couldn't fill out the customs form online because it *required* a phone number, but when I filled out the paperwork at the Post Office it was optional.
So much helpful info here. Thanks!
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
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CampFollowerBagLady 12 years ago
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