Saturday, October 29, 2011

Two ways for quilters to help

Today, my studio time was spent cutting scraps into usable pieces for the string quilt project.  Not really worthy of a photograph.  I loaded the above quilt on Priscilla and started quilting when my knee decided to let me know there would be no standing or walking around for the rest of the day.  After ice, rest, and an extra dose of Univera RegenaCare (a miracle I believe), it is better, but I am still resting it.  Needless to say, the quilt did not get finished.  Maybe tomorrow.  But I digress from the subject of my post today.

I am so impressed with the way quilters rally together to help others in times of need.  When Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict called for quilts to be sent to poverty stricken families in Romania, bunches of you responded.  When another quilter lost her teenage son, so many of you responded by sending her heart blocks.  Tsunami victims in Japan received hundreds of quilts lovingly donated by so many of you.  Hundred of you have made mini quilts to raise money for Alzheimer's research. I am honored to be a part of this giving group.  I just wanted to let you know about two more opportunities where you can help others in need.

WE NEED MORE QUILTS!One great project is the BASICs quilt drive being run by Victoria at Bumble Beans Inc.  She and Pat Sloan are trying to gather together 400 quilts for families who are moving from shelters into transitional housing.  Last year, Victoria was able to gather 300 quilts from people all over the country, but there were 700 families in the program.  Do you have a finished quilt or quilt top that just needs to be quilted and bound that you don't have a home for?  Maybe you and your quilty friends can get together and finish up those UFOs that aren't finished because they need homes.  Please read more about the project here and think about how you can help.  If you are a quilter, you might think about taking a few tops from others and finishing them for the project.  That is what I am doing.  The quilt at the top was made by Irene Armok, and it is the second one of hers I have worked on. 
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Perhaps an easier one is the 4 Patches 4 Hope project by Regina at her blog by the same name.  She is raising money and asking people to donate simple 4 patch blocks to be made into quilts for cancer patients.  The rules are simple and these simple blocks will mean much when they are joined with others and made into quilts.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read this post.  Thank you for considering helping in these projects.  Every little bit makes a difference.
Have a wonderful weekend, and joyful quilting,


Impera Magna said...

I, too, think quilters are the greatest bunch o' folks I've ever met... so kind and generous!

Love Priscilla and how you've set her up by a nice big window! Hope your knee is doing better today!

Venus de Hilo said...

Thanks for the link to the 4-patches collection. I've sent off a quilt to BBBasics, won't be able to manage a second one in time this year. But I can throw together some quick 4-patches, easy!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

Thank you Miki for help spreading the word to all these great places to help. It's so important to help others. ;-) ( love what's on your machine!)

Sarah Craig said...

Thanks for the link to the 4-patch program - I'm thinking that I can teach people to make these while I'm also teaching them to make mug rugs in November at our Bee Crafty open house, and we can send in some as a donation!

Oh, and thanks for the shout out! You are too sweet!!