25 June, 2013

Just One Slab


Just a slab. One slab. Grab some scraps of fabric and sew them together.

I'm putting out a call to all my quilty friends out there. Maybe you can't spare the fabric or time or postage to send a whole quilt as we try to recover in Calgary and Southern Alberta. That's okay. But I bet you can make just one block. And the more of you that can make and send just one block, the more quilts we'll be able to donate. I will put all the blocks I get together into quilts. With an army of local long armers lined up to donate their time we will get some beds and hearts covered in no time.

Here are the basics:

Make a slab 15.5'' square. You can insert the white bit or not, that's your choice. Just aim to make your block in a single colour. Make as many as you like.

Our inspiration for these quilts is The Missing U quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts.


How do you make a slab? If you have the book, refer to the directions on pages 48-49. If you don't have the book let me summarize how to make a slab:

Take two pieces of fabric and sew them together. Do that a few more times. Then start sewing more pieces to those first pairs. Sew groups together. Add additional pieces of fabric as necessary to get up to your finished size. Start with small bits or big ones, it doesn't matter. Raid your scrap bins and go with what you've got.

Feel free to grab that top image and share it on your blogs/web-sites. Tell the world about how you made your slab. Link back to this post if you do.

When your block is done and you're ready to post it, send me a note and I will gladly send you my snail mail.

Thank-you so much for continuing to think of us here in Southern Alberta. Now that the emergency situation is behind us it is time to think about recovery. Quilts go a long way towards that.

*If you are interested in donating complete quilts or tops, make sure you check out this information.*

62 comments:

liz said...

Thanks, Cheryl! I'm in a funk this afternoon and I think making a slab or two might be just the ticket to lift me out of it. I'm not a blogger but I will tell my quilting friends about your effort.

Love this block, too!

Ontario born and raised, living in USA for past 24 years, but my heart is with Calgary right now.

Christine Marles said...

Great idea, Cheryl, thanks for posting this!

Barb Robson said...

As soon as I get back from the Vermont Quilt Festival, i will make some slabs....do something. Thanks.

Barb said...

What a wonderful idea, Cheryl. Reminds me of the wonky stars for Australia a few years ago. I pledge to make one or two slabs. Thank you for organizing this!

Leanne said...

I will make a block or two and I will encourage some others too. Thank you for organizing this, it is a great idea.

Tamara said...

I'll dig into my fabric closet and unfinished projects tonight. Could you also use some fabric? I have some
I'll never get around to using...

Arita said...

Great idea. I have posted to facebook and will make a few.

felicity said...

Fabulous idea.

Sue Bartlett said...

I will make a couple for you. I usually hand stitch. Is that OK?

Jan said...

this is a very sweet idea. i may jump in. the calgary mayor said stop sending clothes and blankets. they want money. how tacky. i am sure people will take donations of any kind.

Relentless Toil said...

Beautiful. I'm sure I can conjure up a slab. Best wishes from southeastern Pennsylvania, USA.

Andrea said...

I have posted to facebook in two groups. Such a generous gesture. I will of course, help you with this when you become swamped with blocks ! LOL You know I will.

Jackie said...

Hi Cheryl;
I am the VP of CQA, and I posted your link on our fb page... great job organizing this.

Julierose said...

Hi Cheryl--I just made two blocks for your "Slabs For Calgary" project and posted on my blog with a link back to your site...all I need is your snail mail...Hugs, Julierose

liz said...

My blue slab is on it's way to you from California.
Happy to help, and thanks for the opportunity to do so!

Myra said...

The Island Quilters Guild [Ontario] is putting together a parcel of slabs and quilt tops and sending your way

CitricSugar said...

I've got three made so far and will be putting out the call to our guild here. Just let me know where to send them and when you need them by.

Debbie said...

I'll try to make a block or two!

Renate Bontrup said...

Just finished my slab and have e-mailed you :)

Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts said...

This is a great idea. I will try to make some slabs and also share on my blog and FB.

textisle said...

Have made a slab this evening and posted on my blog. Do you have a smaller button image that can be posted as a widget? I've been trying to put it into my blog theme template but it only shows half the photo. Still even half a photo will grab people's attention!

Diane Chambers said...

Our guild in Meaford On. just sent 4 quilts out and I will get my friends to get some slabs made and send out. High five for great idea and many quilters joining together to help Calgarians.

Mimi said...

This is awesome Cheryl!!! I know what I am going to be busy doing this long weekend - great way to celebrate Canada Day! I am emailing you in a minute to get a snail mail address! Thank you!!!

Lesley said...

Another great idea! I had already read about the Quilting for Calgary so nice to see a few more initiatives pop up. Nice to have some ways to help from Nova Scotia. Thanks for spreading the word!

Pam said...

these are fun and happy blocks...perfect for this project! thanks so much for organizing!! makes me feel good to be able to contribute to "getting some beds and hearts covered" xo pam

Kelsey said...

Cheryl this is a fantastic idea! I'm a Calgary quilt blogger also. Would you like some help piecing these slabs together?! I would be so happy to help in any way that I can :)

Carolyn said...

I would love to make a couple slabs and send them to you. I am thankful to all those who supported NJ after Sandy and would love to give back.

Anita said...

I am so glad I found this post and your blog! I clicked over from "She Can Quilt" and I had clicked into her post because I recognized the "Three Sisters" in Canmore. I live in Edmonton and I did live in Calgary for four years about 18 years ago. I knew if I looked around on the blogs long enough I would find quilt drives for Calgary. Thank you for doing this and posting the link to send whole quilts as well. I have family in Calgary but all were spared. Will get to work on getting quilts and slabs to you.

jmstitching said...

What a great idea, Cheryl...these blocks are addictive! I read about your project in a CQA bulletin on Friday, and by Saturday afternoon, I had 8 blocks ready to send.

Jo said...

These blocks certainly are addictive. I have completed nearly 8 since Friday too! I can probably make a few more too. How many are you thinking of sewing together to make a quilt?
http://createthepoint.blogspot.ca/2013/07/slabs.html

Pam Pollock said...

Fabulous idea. I will link on my blog and make a slab. Thank you for organizing.

MChristine said...

Hello ladies, in checking my email from Leslie of Kanata Quilt Guild, I find this wonderful idea. Of course, I am going through my stash as I have lots of strips from previous projects. I will follow through and let my other off-line quilty friends know as well so they can join in. I also need to check for multiple or other colours - if they are allowed (?) Blessings to all of you who are choosing to include this as part of enjoying their summer. :)

Heather said...

I just posted about this on my blog. Have my block finished and will send it along to you. My sister was evacuated from downtown, but was able to return to a safe dry house, not all her friends and co-workers are so lucky.

Irmgard said...

Should the block be finished in some way? Thank you.

amandajean said...

just posted about it today. i hope you get tons of blocks for this great cause you are heading up. such a great idea!!!

Michelle said...

Are older prints acceptable? Most of my stash is fairly dated, but I'm sure I could put together a pink or blue slab if you don't mind some vintage fabrics.

Maybush Studio (Clare) said...

Hi, one of my blog readers has told me about your appeal for slabs. I am a British quilter, but I spent two years living in Medicine Hat, so I'd love to be a part of this. I'll be in touch soon. Do you have a deadline in mind?

Susan said...

I'll make a couple of slabs. Send your snail mail to me at susansewsstuff@gmail.com.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I saw your post this morning - linked from crazy mom. Just finished making a missing u block. As a fellow Canadian I can't not help. I can't seem to use the email link though, so not sure how to get you the block. Liz

Anonymous said...

A friend showed us 4 "Miss U slabs" she made and they are awesome! Several of your neighbors down south will be sending some soon!

Frances said...

Cheryl I just borrowed a picture of the "Slabs For Alberta" from your blog and posted on my site. I put a link back to your blog. I hope this is not a problem.
It is so wonderful what you are doing to help others out there.

Cruz said...

What size do you want the slabs?

Cruz said...

Sorry, just found the size! Just need the address to mail the block!

barbandemily said...

What a great idea! I've just made a couple slabs - please e-mail me the address! Thanks

VeeV said...

very cool
i sent you an email today...
look forward to hearing from you
xo
eva

Nicci P said...

Happy to help, Cheryl. Send on your addy and I will forward some slabs your way from California!

Esther F. said...

Hi Cheryl,
Three blocks are on the way! They will arrive within 6 work days!
Thank you for organizing it all!
Esther
esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

Carrie said...

I finished 2 slabs tonight, and they are ready to send, if you will send me your mailing address. THANKS!
Carrie

Jacqueline Bonneau said...

I shall be sending a quilt top waiting to be quilted which I probably would not do for a long long time.
Evidently someone needs it more than I do.
Please send me your mailing address.

Jacquie

Kim said...

What a terrific idea.....I've made two slabs and have blogged about it with a link to your blog.
Please send the mailing address and I'll get these red slabs on their way.

Happy Sewing

Anonymous said...



Hi from Ontario

I just picked up 20 slabs from a quilting friend and I have made 11 to add and we will be sending today..
This is so much ewasier than trying to get quilts together. Our Guild will be sending a quilt later.

Shawna said...

I just had hand surgery and have been moping about having time but not the dexterity to quilt. This I think I can do and do for others. God works in mysterious ways!

Cindy England said...

This is wonderful! I'm an Ontario-born and raised Canuck now living in Sweden and I'd love to put my scraps to such a worthy use! I have four blocks sewn up already today and will do a few more - expect a mail from me shortly! P.S. Am spreading the word via my blog, Pinterest and FB.

Dana Wright said...

I am from Sanger, Texas and would love to send some slab blocks and maybe a quilt top if that would help, Please send an address to send the blocks to, to danakaywright@gmail.com, I attempted to send an email through your page but I do not think that it went. Thank you, and Thank you for allowing us to help in a small way. I followed the links on the other page but it only took me to facebook but not a specific page.
Dana

WalkingMissMolly said...

I'll have a few slab blocks. Please send an address to walkingmissmolly at gmail dot com.

Bec said...

Thanks for arranging this Cheryl. Could you please send me your address so I can mail my slabs.

Frances Walk said...

I have got a few and a quit top if you send me your info ill get them to you

Kathy's A Quilter said...

http://kathystrawson.blogspot.ca/2013/07/of-sprouts-and-slabs.html Our slab quilt is finished and will join the others at Sparrow Studioz that are headed to the flood relief services coordinated by Bev Rogan.

Hubert said...

great idea, I am leaving to go to Calgary Sunday morning on a road trip. I have 12 slab for you and also bringing a few quilts for recover. Georgian Bay Quilters Guild, Midland Ontario.\
Jeannette Brunelle

marilyn booth said...

Just made 8 slabs, they sure are addictive, also made a single jellyroll race quilt top and added all my leftover binding together to make a mile long roll of binding, yahoo! Thank you for organizing this great and needed project. A fellow quilter from NS is bring out the pieces to Calgary in August.
Marilyn Booth
Nova Scotia formerly of Calgary

Edith said...

Such lovely combinations you have made, I can help, I've sent you an e-mail.

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