Wednesday, October 15, 2008

M is for--A Quilters' Alphabet for Blog Action Day

We interrupt this quilters' alphabet to bring you:

M is for MATH!

Today is Blog Action Day with a focus on POVERTY.

So how does this all tie together?

Here are some sites that will, much better than I can, highlight the math of poverty. Go on. Take a minute and look at the statistics.

Global Issues

Bread for the World

You didn't click on them, did you?

Okay, here are a couple of bits of math you would have found if you had--one fact from each:
Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes--one child every five seconds. In essence, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food.
Now since it is the Quilter's ABC, here is some quilt math:

Because of seam allowances, there is a bit of math needed to put together a quilt and have it come out accurately.


The math of seams: Quilters generally use a ¼ inch seam allowance. The most important thing about it is that the seam allowance is consistent. If it is varying, then no matter how much you measure, things won't fit.

The math of squares: A square will be cut ½ inch larger than the finished size to allow for the seam allowance.

The math of rectangles: When cutting a rectangle, consider that there is at least one fewer seam.

The math of triangles: Triangles are cut from squares that are larger than those cut for a square piece. For half square triangles, add 7/8 inch to the finished size of the square that they will end up in. For quarter square triangles, add 1 ¼ inch to the finished square size. Some quilters choose to add more and cut the square to size afterwards.

Since this is a quilters' ABC each Wednesday, how about an M quilt block?

Here it is, the Maple Leaf. This is a collection of blocks I won in a Block of the Month a few years ago. They have been hiding among other fabrics and materials.

Once again, how does this all tie together?

I will be putting the Maple Leaf blocks together into a quilt to donate to Habitat for Humanity, along another from these house blocks sent to me by Sally for this purpose.

Habitat for Humanity strives to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness. The quilts can be given to families as they take possession of their own home, or used by the organization for fundraising.
Each of us has a talent that can be used or left to wither. Using a talent for the benefit of others has overwhelming benefits to you, too. What is your talent? and how do you use it? Can you use it in some way to alleviate poverty?

There is a discussion on poverty going on at Sr. Julie's blog today. I've only read about half of the book that is the springboard for the discussion, but I expect that it will not matter.

One idea I have picked up from one of the essays is the idea that we make poverty invisible by not giving it a name. That reminds me of so many of us, if we pass by a homeless person or someone begging, we avert our eyes. Poverty can't be eliminated if we do not look it in the eye. Look at it, identify it, acknowledge it.

Stop by the discussion and see what others are thinking.

And how can you use your talent to help alleviate poverty in your corner of the world?


RuneE said...

Poverty is more real than most western people care to admit. Very wise of you to bring that topic to mind.

PS Have at look at my entry and see how people over here lived in the 20s and 30s.

CrazyCath said...

Brilliant post Katney. How did you know I didn't click? lol. I honestly would have - I just read YOUR post first. But I am glad you also listed a couple of things because so often we don't click because time is pressing and we think "later" and then forget....

This is a great cause. I do what I can doing ministry work for my faith and sharing scripture with people that I meet. I do other bits and pieces too, but that's my main one. Bless you for yours. You work so hard.

bing said...

poverty in the Philippines is growing to an extent because of graft and corruption. it is a sad reality. and sometime i come to a point that I feel so helpless just looking at the victims especially the innocent ones.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent post...

Reader Wil said...

I wholeheartedly agree with you that we must fight poverty. Not only today but always, whenever we can. Good post.

Lily Hydrangea said...

What a wonderful gift of yourself you are giving by making that quilt. I am doing something small on my other blog for todays action. You are right, using our talents to help others does have overwhelming benefits to ourselves. It truly is better to give than to receive.
Great post!

Aileni said...

No, I didn't click but I am old enough and have seen enough to know the situation is dire and unnecessarily so.
And the fatcats want more...

Daryl said...

Wonderful way of combining the themes ... very like a patchwork quilt!


Liz said...

What a wonderful post! Well done!

starnitesky said...

Poverty is often ignored and I have come across people that believe there is no poverty in the western world. Unfortunately it is greed that that also plays a great part of it.

Bear Naked said...

What a wonderful post that you have today.
And you made it all tie in together.
But to tell you the truth I got lost in the quilt math.
I'm still trying to figure out the math for the rectangle.
And the triangle has me shaking my head.
Thanks for a very provocative and timely post.

Bear((( )))

PERBS said...

Interesting post and lots to think about. I love the quilts also. I needed that info about the measurements in blocks. Thanks!

leslie said...

Excellent post today about poverty. And I love how you brought in the maple leaf into your quilts (it's Canada's leaf, you know)

photowannabe said...

Love the patchwork of ideas and the sobering effect of poverty. Thanks for reminding us to be mindful of others and to do what we can to alliveate poverty.
Habitat for Humanity is a worthy cause.

TSannie said...

More must be done.

Neva said...

Your quilt is lovely......and poverty is a very serious issue world wide.

Lew said...

Great idea to donate quilts that you have made! We donate to our local food bank and the Boy Scouts who do a food drive every November. Thanks for your comment on my "nave" post. I though about using a church nave, but this seemed more unusual and I was going near that antique cart in my travels today.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

You tied that up very nicely.

Roger Owen Green said...

Hey, clever way to tie M with poverty. I cheated and did separate posts, the latter here:

Dragonstar said...

This is very thought-provoking post, and needed saying.
I love the Maple leaf block.

kml said...

I really like the way you tied this post together. Great topic and well done!

Mary said...

What lovely quilts for Habitat! A wonderful organization! How kind of you to donate them and I know they will be appreciated.

DeeJay said...

Excellent post and linkage
Sorry I am late visiting this week but was working away all of last week and have only just posted my 'M'