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Card Trick Quilt Block Tutorial - Stash Builder Box

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 started!

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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.

Missed a block? Check out our past blocks HERE:

- Snowball Block Tutorial, July

- Indian Hatchet Tutorial, June

- Greek Cross, May

Enjoy!

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Selvage Challenge 2016

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Welcome to the Selvage Challenge!

After having 25 lbs. of selvage left over from cutting our May boxes, we not only wanted some help putting them to good use but we wanted a fun challenge for all of you!

JOIN OUR BOXSELVAGE CHALLENGE IMAGESINSPIRATION - $5 SCRAP BAGS

DETAILS:

How does the challenge work?

Our challenge will run from July 5th – September 25th, 2016.

Our 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 and worldwide!

CATEGORIES:

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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

Need inspiration? We made a Pinterest board of Inspiration just for you – find it HERE!

HOW TO ENTER:

In 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 selvagechallenge@gmail.com.

You 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!

WHAT 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!

DATES:

CHALLENGE STARTS: July 5th, 2016

CREATE YOUR ENTRY: July 5th – September 25th, 2016

ENTRIES CLOSE: September 25th at 10 PM MST

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: October 1st, 2016

JUDGES:

We 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.

FAQ’s:

Q: How much selvage do I need to use in my project?

A: We 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.

Q: What if I don’t have any selvage?

A: If you are in the US, we are offering scrap bags for $5 (INCLUDES U.S. SHIPPING!) here: http://stashbuilderbox.com/shop/product/354025473. We have limited quantities so if you want one, feel free to purchase before we run out.

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Q: How do I enter to win?

A: In 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  selvagechallenge@gmail.com.

Q: Do you have any contest photos that I can post to my social media?

A: We sure do!!! We made some Selvage Challenge images (one can be found below), more can be found by clicking the Selvage Challenge Images link in our navigation or visiting our page here: http://stashbuilderbox.com/selvagechallenge.

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Q: Do I HAVE to donate my finished selvage challenge quilt/quilt top?

A: We 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 ;)

Q: Where can I find inspiration?

A: Good question! We created a Pinterest board to help inspire you that is full of quilts & books to help you get inspired: https://www.pinterest.com/stashbuilderbox/selvage-challenge/

Q: 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?

A: We 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.

Q: I have other questions! How can I get in touch with you?

A: We would love to chat! Feel free to email us at selvagechallenge@gmail.com.

We are so excited and hope you’ll join us for our challenge!

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Mission Fiji Update + Photos!

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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.

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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!

If you would like to be part of our next quilt donation, you can sign up to help here & join our Facebook Event below: http://www.stashbuilderbox.com/heartbuilders

Improving the lives of others: The importance of giving back.

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.

Monetary 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 eligible products.

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.