Hi everyone! It’s
time to do a Block of the Month Sew Along for our August box. All of you, including you
international subscribers, should have your boxes for August so let’s get
Our Block of the Month we chose for August was the Card Trick. This block definitely looks harder than it actually us ;) It’s made up of half and quarter square triangles and creates a really cool visual when all put together!
We’ve made a few
images for the Card Trick Block instructions below! As you make your blocks
on social media, tag us using #botmsbb (BOTM SBB) so we can see what
you’re up to. We want to see what you create! This a fun block and when using different fabrics, it truly makes this block pop and the layered cards really stand out!
Our images give you instructions for a 9″ block. If you’ve been following along with our Block of the Month patterns, you can put them all together to make a fun quilt at the very end.
challenge will run from July 5th – September 25th, 2016.
goal and our vision with this challenge would be to see the 25 lbs. of selvage we have plus any selvage you might have go
to a great cause while being turned into quilts. As you may or may not know, Stash Builder Box is a monthly quilting box that makes quilt tops for kids in need. As an effort to gather quilt tops and
allow our Heart Builders team to finish them so we can donate them, we hope you’ll
join us in our challenge. Our challenge is open to anyone, any age/skill level
We realize that you may not have time to make a full quilt top if time does not allow so we
will have two categories so everyone can join:
Single Item Category - This category will constitute ANY single item, any size
made using selvage – pillow, zipper pouch, bag – anything you want to make
that does not fall into our second quilt category below.
Quilt Category - This category will be made up of quilts. This can be a quilt
top or complete quilt. Selvages can be combined with fabric from
your stash to make any quilt of your choice – you determine the size, pattern or no pattern, quilt top, or complete finished quilt.
If you would like donate anything you make, it will all go to a good cause! Our suggested donation size for quilts/quilt tops would be no smaller than 40x50 and as large as you’d like. Our donation address and donation organization info can be found here: http://stashbuilderbox.com/heartbuilders
You are free to donate and ship to us anytime, please be sure to post a picture with the #selvagechallenge2016 prior to shipping it in to be entered ;) Our team of Heart Builders will finish all quilt tops so we can donate them to kids in need.
inspiration? We made a Pinterest board of Inspiration just for you – find it
order to be entered to win, take a picture of your project, tag us
(#selvagechallenge2016) across Instagram. If you are posting your project on a
platform that is not Instagram, such as a Pinterest, blog or Facebook, please email a link to your project to firstname.lastname@example.org.
are free to enter as many items as you like but please only one tag per
project. You are free to tag us in the photo itself (@selvagechallenge) but
please make sure to use our hashtag (#selvagechallenge2016) with it!
DO I WIN?
We have a MEGA prize bundle for each of our winners (1 winner from
each category) from a huge variety of makers! We’re talking some seriously
awesome, awesome stuff here!!! We won’t reveal too much here until a few weeks
into the giveaway, we will be spotlighting our makers plus their bundle
donations on our Instagram page HERE - @selvagechallenge. Be sure to follow us there
to see what you can win!
STARTS: July 5th, 2016
YOUR ENTRY: July 5th – September 25th, 2016
CLOSE: September 25th at 10 PM MST
ANNOUNCED: October 1st, 2016
will have a fun panel of 5 judges who will choose one winner from each
category, for 2 winners total. We will also be revealing our judges on our Instagram page HERE - @selvagechallenge.
much selvage do I need to use in my project?
don’t ask for a certain percentage of your project to be selvage, however we
just ask that you incorporate more than a few pieces of selvage to qualify.
order to be entered to win, tag us with #selvagechallenge2016 across Instagram.
If you are posting your project on a platform that is not Instagram, such as a
blog or Facebook, please send a link to your project to email@example.com.
you have any contest photos that I can post to my social media?
I HAVE to donate my finished selvage challenge quilt/quilt top?
won’t twist anyone’s arm to give up something they fall in love with. Our goal
is to use our selvage for a good cause but if you don’t want to donate, we
won’t hold it against you. Feel free to still tag us to be entered to win ;)
Does my item have to be new? Can I tag you in a photo of something I made from
selvage that I posted last year?
ask out of fairness to the other contestants that the item be something that is
not posted prior to July 5th, 2016. We will look at the dates on the
photos and consider all items posted after July 5th, 2016 to be
eligible to win.
have other questions! How can I get in touch with you?
Hi everyone! When I first started out with Stash Builder Box, I knew my box wanted to have a cause. My life verse is “Do not withhold good from whom it is due when it is your power to act.” - Proverbs 3:27. With quilting, so far in my life, I’ve been able to use quilts as a way to spread “good”, if you will, and I know many, many quilters who feel the same way!
When I got a college graduation announcement in the mail from a friend, she mentioned that she was taking donations and asking for supplies as she was headed to Fiji for 6 weeks over the summer. I instantly messaged her and asked if she needed quilts. Turns out, quilts in Fiji are in super high demand and they LOVE blankets. So! I went to town. I hopped on Instagram and put out some feelers for some donations and help making blankets. In an instant, people stepped up to help and it was truly amazing.
This was Mid-March.
Over the course of the next few weeks time, my friend finalized her deadline & gave us a final deadline of the last week of May. We just came up to that deadline and it has been AMAZING. Not only do we have 15 quilts of all sizes to send with her to Fiji, but I also have over a dozen quilt tops in my basement. These tops are going to be finished and sent to our next organization (stay tuned for an announcement of who we selected!) and we’ll work with them for June, July and August.
There have been SO many helping hands that have made, shipped and finished quilts for donating! There have been so many long hours, late nights and many sacrifices people have made to get these quilts finished in time to hit this deadline. It’s been truly a blessing! If you played a part in making these quilts, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your efforts will not go unnoticed and you will truly make a difference in the life of the children in Fiji.
Thanks to all of you, our donation stack was impressive! I wanted a chance to showcase all of the wonderful hard work that went into each and every quilt, so here are some photos of every quilt being donated to Fiji.
Thank you to everyone that purchased our box in May or joined our Heart Builders team in March, April or May. This could not have been accomplished without the work of SO many, so thank you to all!
Millions of children
across the world suffer on a daily basis. Children, who are traumatized, sick
or otherwise in need, require our help today. Having the ability to give back
to less fortunate families, reminds us of just how lucky we are. These days, it
can be a little too easy to forget about the needy, poor and sick. We are all
guilty of it. Some researchers have even
claimed that all human beings are innately selfish creatures. Well, its time
break the cycle and put that notion to rest. If we wish to see change in the
world, and help our fellow human beings, we ourselves should be that change.
To make a real
difference in the quality of life of others, there are many ways to do so.
Donating time and
energy. Volunteering is a
great way to get involved in your community and help people. Whether it’s doing
an outdoor project on the weekend, volunteering at the local animal shelter, or
helping out at and elderly residence, you can truly give back and make your
city a better place.
contributions. Contributing to a charity of your choice lets you make the
decision on where you want to help. Thousands of charities across the country
continue to need help. Some charities will work directly with those in need,
helping them with the basic necessities of life. While others use monetary
donations to fund research to help fight terrible ailments and diseases.
Companies like Amazon are leading the cause buy letting you choose which
charity to help, by donating 0.5% of the purchase price of
Resources. Rather than time or money, there are
ways to give back by making physical donations such as food or clothing. Food
banks allow you to bring in cans of food to give and distribute to families.
Other places let you donate clothing and coats that are distributed to homeless
and battered women’s shelters.
These are all great ways
that contribute to the well being of our fellow neighbors. Recognizing that you
are in a position to help is the first step. Giving back allows you to choose
when and where to make a difference. It’s easy to get inspired with a cause you
truly care about.
At Stash Builder Box, a local Utah based company, they do as
much as possible to keep others in mind. Their vision is to change and impact
lives through quilting. SBB is a monthly subscription based box that is mailed
out, containing quilting fabrics, tools and goodies. Boxes change every month
so you can always expect something great. For every box they send out, 20% of
the proceeds from every sale goes towards making a quilt for a child in need.
They work hard with many organizations to donate these quilts to children in
need. This month, just five days after
their initial grand opening and website launch, SBB is already preparing to
send over 20 quilts to those in need. Stash
Builder Box is expecting to double or even triple that number by June 1st.
Helping others and giving back are really the core values at SBB. From day one,
owner Amanda Kelly knew she wanted to help.
From all the quilts covering her basement floor, you can truly feel the
love that she has for those in need.
So whether it’s
donating your time, monetary contributions or other resources Amanda invites
all to do what they can to help our fellow neighbors and communities. Not only can you change and impact lives, you
will feel good doing it. To learn more about Stash Builder Box and Amanda’s
cause, click here for more info.