Oh dear, I wasn't able to keep the one New Year's Resolution that I made for 2011! This pile of cotton strips was just too much of a temptation, together with a story on "Sew many quilts - too little time" to not begin a new project.
These strips were part of the fabric stash of a friend who passed away in 2009, and whose fabric we have been using for the star quilt at our Seniors' Club which I posted about. This bag of strips I knew I wouldn't use, but just couldn't dispose of. And now after reading the heartening story of a drive for blocks to put together into quilts for folks who have lost much in the Australian floods, I just knew that this was the purpose that I had hung on to this bag of fabric.
It's such a simple method and they call it QAYG - Quilt As You Go, and as you can see from the photo below, I began with an 11" square of backing fabric and the same size square of batting. Across the batting lay a strip of fabric from corner to corner. Then pin another strip right sides together, and sew 1/4" seam joining the two strips together while sewing through the batting and backing paper, thus joining it all together in one go. This step is repeated on both sides of the middle strip of fabric until the batting is covered.
This next photo is one block finished and trimmed to 10 1/2" , the size they want. "Sew Many Quilts Too Little Time" is the blog with the information. I've tried to make a link, but it doesn't work. I'm going to make blocks until I finish the strips and then post them to Australia. If any of my local friends would like to participate, I will happily mail your blocks along with mine.