Today is my day to post the For Pink’s Sake Blog Hop- hope I do a good job, it’s my first ever blog hop. Send your negative comments to my Mom, pretty sure she has a list that I will hear about on an ongoing basis-LOL
Anna over at Life So Crafty is organizing this blog hop because so many women in her family have courageously fought and are currently fighting against breast cancer. Most recently her Mother in Law, Tina, where she was having treatments at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI.
Everyone participating in this blog hop will be making pink quilt blocks to send to Anna who will then create a beautiful quilt and donate it to the Cancer Centre. Poor Anna doesn’t know what she is getting herself into and may be up to her ears in pink blocks! She might never sew with pink fabric again after this quilt is finished.
If you wanted to make a block and send it to Anna, she would very much appreciate it! Her contact info can be found on her blog. On Aug. 2nd she will also be hosting a give away for those who have sent in quilt blocks. You can win awesome prizes! Who doesn’t love prizes?
Here is some information about breast cancer. Remember to do regular self-examinations and schedule routine breast screening through your family Dr.
Cancer statistics for women in Ontario
For women in Ontario, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.
• An estimated 9,300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
• An estimated 1,950 women will die of breast cancer.
When I started to make my pink block I had a look at all my pink fabrics- and decided to use 2 pinks that reminded me of the colours in the ribbon logo.
I also wanted to try the Stitch and Flip technique to make an elongated star block. I had so much fun stitching and flipping that I think I have added one more project to my ever growing to do list!
I sorted thought my pink fabrics and decided on these two- Pink Sketch and a pink Kona.
Time to start cutting- even used my breast cancer rotary cutter for this project!
I cut 4 rectangles for the background from the Sketch fabric, they measure 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
And I cut one 6 x 6 inch square from the pink Kona that will be used as the stars. Then this square gets cut into 2 triangles.
And one 9 x 5 rectangle for the long piece of the star. Again this rectangle gets cut corner to corner to make 2 triangles. These were just random measurements to ensure I had large enough pieces. You could also use any of your scraps- because our scrap fabric sometimes gets a little out of hand and any excuse to use it up is needed.
I lay out the Kona pink over the background Sketch to see if I liked that positioning.
Played around a bit by flipping over the fabric and seeing what the star shape was going to turn out to be, then pinned the pink Kona in place so it would stay just how I wanted. Yes I used pins.
Next I sewed each pink Kona along the cut side with my 1/4″ foot.
Then I trimmed off the extra corner of Sketch background fabric as it is not needed. Save it though, as it could always be a stitch and flip corner on a future project. Save it to add to your scraps because quilters save ever last little piece- see how in a previous step I said to use your scraps and now I am telling you to save your scraps? This must be why our scrap pile never changes. Scraps out, scraps in.
Once the background fabric is cut away, I pressed this seam flat- Yes friends that know I don’t press- I ACTUALLY PRESSED! Truth be told I have have been doing a lot of pressing lately. So unlike me.
And now it is time to trim away the extra pink Kona. I bought a 4 1/2 inch square, and really haven’t used it since I don’t make a lot of 4 1/2 inch blocks, but it sure came in handy for this block. I just put it on the end of my pieced block and trimmed up both sides so I had a nice and tidy corner.
Just like the TV shows where they start cooking something and 2 seconds later the finished dish comes ready-to-eat out of the oven, my 4 stitch and flip sections are magically finished! Who knew quilting would be this easy? Seriously though, do the same for all of your sections like I did with my first example and you too will have enough to make your block.
Here is my block all totally sewn together. Looks pretty fun doesn’t it?
I also stay stitched the 4 seams along the outside of the block so that the seams stay together on my little block’s journey to join all the other blocks.
There is my version of instructions for a stitch and flip star block. Turned out pretty well I think and it was really quick and easy to do.
Here is a list of the ladies who are participating in this blog hop. Please go check out their blogs as well. Have a look at their finished blocks that will be sent to Anna.
Thanks Anna for taking on such a wonderful job of making a quilt to donate to the cancer centre.