A Quilt for Ukraine

Take someone with a big heart and remarkable organisational skills, add a group of willing quilters, and the result is a lovely blue and yellow quilt that is being raffled to raise funds towards helping the plight of the people of Ukraine.

The quilt for Ukraine after the top had been pieced. It measures 85 x 61 inches (about 220 x 155 cm)

It was my good quilting friend, often mentioned in this blog, who had the bright idea of a communal fund-raising quilt. She was inspired to do this when an artist she knows invited her to take a ticket for a painting he was raffling through the JustGiving site. The initiative raised 10000 GBP for the Ukraine disaster fund.

So, at the next QUOGS (Quilters of Grahamstown) meeting, K asked everyone in the group to make at least one 12 and a half inch square and bring it to the next meeting. The brief was to use the Ukraine colours of blue and yellow and to make either a sunflower or a star. Within two weeks there were nearly enough blocks for a single bed sized quilt. The call for a few more blocks was quickly and generously heeded, and by the next week we were ready to stitch together the quilt top.

The QUOGS is a group of wonderful women who have been meeting and convivially stitching for more than two decades.

Three of the young QUOGS (πŸ˜‚πŸ€£) gathered to stitch the blocks together. Here’s a picture story of that process.

The quilt is now with professional long-arm quilter Sue Bax and, once it is quilted, it will be bound in navy blue. It is a bright and handsome quilt, made with love, to keep the lucky winner warm.

To take a raffle ticket is a simple on-line process, and can be done from anywhere in the world.

Click on this link and follow the prompts. Please be sure to add your name and email at the end so that your ticket can be entered in the draw.

Any generous South Africans reading this and wishing to contribute, please don’t be put off when you see that there is not a Rand option. You can buy a ticket by selecting any currency, and your bank will convert it into Rands when debiting your account. You can also reduce the amounts given in the drop down menu. For a $10 ticket it cost R173. This included a 15% admin cost, which is probably optional.

Before and after being stitched, using only a few of the tantalising embroidery stitch options on my no-longer-quite-so-new Bernina sewing machine.

27 thoughts on “A Quilt for Ukraine

  1. Thank you M for your generous write up, your words are magnificent. Let’s hope it we raise lots of money.


  2. Beautifully stitched tog. Mariss, Karen & Jean! And thanks for organising the quilting. Special thanks also to Karen and Jean for their tech work on the fund-raising site.


  3. What a heartwarming initiative and stunning quilt. This will be a priceless treasure for the lucky winner. So well done to all involved. πŸ’™πŸ’›


  4. Always at the cutting edge!

    Thank you Mazzie, and QUOGS, for this special initiative.

    The quilt is beautiful β€”your block is gorgeous Maz!

    Well done all. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦


  5. Fantastic group support effort, Mariss. I’m impressed with your group’s willingness & quickness in putting together a fundraiser quilt for those in Ukraine. As quilters, Ukraine’s blue/yellow and sunflower symbols are conducive to enjoyable sewing along the way IMHO!
    I noticed your foot attire…and it dawned on me that you **must** be a barefoot sort of gal at heart. So natural and the trio of smiles is infectious, too!


    1. It is a remarkable group of quilters. Your HO is spot on — it was most enjoyable to design and stitch a sunflower. It has crossed my mind that it would be fun to make a quilt of field of sunflowers 🌻🌻🌻
      Thanks for admiring the trio and noticing the feet!

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  6. What a good idea! Some people here are making quilts, but usually there is more need for disaster relief money and not so much need for quilts, which are expensive to ship in any case. Good for all of you!


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