Sunday, June 27, 2021

Sew Some Love - Positivity QAL - The Block Drive

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  If you have visited here before, you might know that I have a heart for charity quilting and occasionally host block drives for various charitable causes.  I've got a new one for you!

Read on to find out more...

Have you heard about the Positivity QAL by Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts?  Well, today I'm here to share the first two blocks for the Positivity QAL Block Drive being hosted here at The Joyful Quilter:

They were delivered by my good friend Knittingsuek:

They turned out beautifully (and gave you an excuse to stop by for a  little visit, too.)  Thanks SEW much for jumping in to make a pair of blocks, Sue!!  If YOU haven't heard about the Positivity QAL Block Drive, don't worry.  This post IS the announcement!  :o))

Here's the back story...

Along with quilting a Positivity QAL quilt for one lucky winner, I decided that I would like to make a quilt, too.  If I'm mailing one quilt to Bernie for Mercyful Quilts, I might as well mail two or three, right?  :o))

I assembled my first block...

... And then lamented my lack of success in the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry:

"With the way my schedule is going, that may end up all I do during the QAL. Some days, I really wish that I had assistance in performing a variety of quilting tasks! (Pressing Assistant, Cutting Assistant, etc.) Hmm… You’ve given me an idea.

I’m wondering if anyone here would like to make a block or two (or 10) of the basic Positivity QAL Plus blocks and mail them to me for assembly? A group quilt would be SEW much more manageable for me! Our quilters have helped out in the past. Drop me a reply if you are interested. If so, I’ll start a new discussion thread.

(Not necessarily YOU, Judi! Just anyone in the group would might like to help me make a quilt to donate to Mercyful Quilts.)"


Because of that lightbulb moment (and thanks to my friend, Judi) a solution to my momentary ineptitude was born.  She "watered" that seed for a group quilt (by volunteering to help.)  That seed sprouted and later spread in my (quilting) garden.

The Positivity QAL Block Drive grew out of this post...

Hello, Quilters!

I recently posted about a friend’s Positivity QAL to benefit Mercyful Quilts. When discussing it on the 2021 BOM / QAL / FAL / Challenges thread, I wondered if any of you might like to help me by making this into a group quilt.


Please note: Your block will look a little different from mine, as I cut the wrong sized pieces for my sample. Pieces should NOT be cut at the FINISHED size!! Sigh…

Some of you have helped with block collections in the past. Any takers for making SIMPLE PLUS blocks for this project?? Preeti has a block tutorial HERE. Scroll down the the number 1. SIMPLE PLUS for the block instructions we will be using.

Mercyful Quilt requests 60” x 80” quilts for their recipients. I’m thinking of a quilt with 24 PURPLE Plus/WHITE background and 24 WHITE Plus/PURPLE background. I had originally thought of using batik for the purple, but quality quilting cotton will work just as well. Solids or prints will be fine for this project.

Please let me know here in the thread if YOU plan to make some blocks. I would gratefully accept your assistance! Blocks will be due by the last week of July.

Thank you for any help you can provide and thanks to sheepless for suggesting that I offer this up to the entire group!

NOTICE: The block deadline will be July 30th so that I might have time to finish the quilt by the end of August. The goal is for the Positivity QAL quilts to arrive at Mercyful Quilts by September 5th. I haven’t decided how realistic that is, but it’s good to have a plan!

This is where my readers come in...

I've decided to offer the same "deal" to my lovely blog readers.  There are no guarantees that our group quilt will be completed by the end of Preeti's QAL, but Mercyful Quilts need continues throughout the year and I'd be happy to assemble a second quilt (or more) if readers would like to contribute to the collection.

Would YOU like to make some blocks for a Positivity QAL Block Drive quilt, too?  If so, let me know in the comments below.  Details for my Block Drive for the Positivity QAL can be found above.  

Here are the highlights...

Use the Simple Plus blocks from Preeti's tutorial.

For each quilt, I will need quilt with 24 PURPLE Plus/WHITE background and 24 WHITE Plus/PURPLE background. I had originally thought of using batik for the purple, but quality quilting cotton will work just as well. Solids or prints will be fine for this project.

Block mailing deadline July 30th!

Pairs of block preferred, but NOT required.

Bernie @ Needle and Foot Quilting

Until next time...
SEW some love!!!


  1. Sue made some lovely blocks, and your first one looks pretty too! Good luck on your project, Joy.

  2. This is so tempting because I had really planned to make a whole quilt, but haven't even made the first block. I still want to do that, but maybe I can squeeze in a few blocks for your community quilt as well. Says the person who pushes the Table Scraps deadline every month.

  3. Sounds like a great idea--I hope hundreds of blocks show up on your doorstep!

  4. Count me in for at least 2 -- it's such an easy quilt I might make more. I love to make blocks to send off for someone else to finish them! I hope you aren't inundated with blocks. (Oh wait, maybe that would be a good thing!) It will be great to use some of my purple fabrics.

  5. Good luck with your new project. It's a promising one. ;^)

  6. What a fine idea. I hope you get lots of blocks!

  7. This sounds interesting. Let me see what I can do. Gotta finish a table runner/mat (missed the June linkup, but still want to make something). Then the finger surgery next week, so we'll see how doable things are after that. I am interested, though.

  8. I may be able to sew up a couple of these too, Joy. They're fun, fun, FUN!

  9. This is just wonderful. You are so clever - I am excited to see how many blocks you receive. It feels sort of strange to send you blocks so you can make a quilt to return back to me. However, how about if I offer to bind it? That way after you have quilted it, you could just square it up and send it on. If you have a binding fabric, include it. If not, I can get something that will work. I feel like I want to contribute to this community Mercyful quilt and this is a way to do it. Also, as you said, if you don't finish it by September 5th - No problem - we need quilts all year long!! Thank you Joy! :-)


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