On Christmas Day 2013 I visited a children's home for former street children in Mexico City.
You can read more about it here plus there is a little video my younger daughter made.
The children have the basics but nothing 'nice' that has been made just for them. So I have started to see if I can send around 70 quilts to the home. In an ideal world it would be great if everyone who read this, made a quilt.
I know that's not going to happen so to make this as accessible and affordable to everyone who wants to get involved, I am asking to be sent 12 1/2" (unfinished) quilted blocks. Maybe you have some orphan blocks lying around? If they are too big, cut them down to size; too small, add a border.
Then you add batting and backing and quilt them as if they were mini quilts. Email me for my address, send them to me and I will assemble them (I need 20 for each quilt) using the Quilt As You Go method.
(If you're using a high loft batting, please could you straight stitch all the way around your block as close to the edge as possible to contain the poofiness!)
I will make sure the quilts get to the home and as and when they are received, I will post pictures on my blog.
Longer term, when I eventually reach my goal, there are other children's homes around the world that I will also be able to send quilts to so please think of this as a long term project and help when you can.
For further blog posts on this, you can go here, here and here
I've also started a Flickr group where you can post pictures of blocks and quilts. I have called it Soy Amado which is Spanish for 'I am loved' (boy) and Soy Amada for 'I am loved' (girl)
As of July 2014 I reached my goal! However, I am still receiving blocks if you'd like to send me any and they will probably go to a children's home for deaf children in Tanzania.