I have not done much Aussie hero sewing this weekend.  I have been tidying up my office/sewing room and finishing off a charity quilt to pass it on to a friend who is going to do the binding.  

I have also been doing a lot of thinking.  I have heard from a few people who have not quilted before and it is obvious that they would like to be able to help out but are not sure what they can do that is within their skill level.  I want AHQ to be as inclusive as possible so I thought we might try doing a block of the month.  It will work slightly differently from other BOMs.  

Each month I will introduce a simple block, then anyone who is interested can make up a block or some blocks.  At the end of the month anyone who has made a block (or some blocks) can send them to me and I will make them up into a simple quilt or quilts and will post the results.  You could also make a few extra blocks for yourselves.  If you are a beginner the completed Aussie hero Quilts will them give them an idea how to turn them into a quilt.

I have a few ideas what the first block will be – it will be a very simple one but remember I said there are some beginner quilters out there.  All the quilts made in this manner will be gender neutral or masculine as there is a much larger number of male soldiers in Afghanistan and I will usually stipulate the background colour or where the lights and darks are to go – just to make the resulting quilt more pleasing.

Here are a few examples of the sorts of blocks we could make and the resulting quilts.  
There is always my favourite – the star.
 Of course the pinwheel is always a goodie.
 Half square triangles – always so versatile…..
 and again
 and more half square triangles.
 Chinese coins are another option.  
Disappearing nine patch ….or an ordinary nine patch.
even a four patch
 And another favourite of mine is the churn dash!

What I really need now is feedback.  How does this idea sound?  Are any of you interested?

Till next time keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Quilts and Laundry Bags sent so far this year
Quilts – 14
Laundry bags – 28