Community Giving : Action Kivu

Just popping in from my week away to let you all know about a great opportunity to participate in a fundraiser and giveaway for Action Kivu this week! This is an annual event organized by Alissa Haight Carlton of Handmade by Alissa.

Straight from Alissa’s blog post, “Action Kivu is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school and supports other programs for women that provide them ways to support themselves and their families.”

You can find out more information about Action Kivu here and participate in Alissa’s fundraiser here, through August 19th, 2013.

American Patchwork & Quilting Radio ~ Today!

 

I’m back from a week away and hitting the ground running today! This afternoon I’m a guest on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan. I’ll be talking about my post on Community Giving and other fun quilty goodness.

You can listen live by clicking on this link at 4pm Eastern, 3pm Central, 2pm mountain, and 1pm Pacific. If you miss the live show, you can listen later on your computer, subscribe by iTunes (search American Patchwork & Quilting), or download to a player. You can find more details about how to listen on Pat’s blog page.

I hope you will all tune in!

++ Update ++
You can now listen to the recorded version by clicking on this link and scrolling down the the Podcast player. It’s the show listed on 7-8-13.

The Power of Community

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last week thinking about community. Specifically, the quilting and blogging community. Sometimes this space feels so vast. So many blogs, so much Instagram, so many wonderful projects and books and blog hops going on at once. It can seem overwhelming. And then, there are times when you feel like you just know each person, even if you’ve never met in real life.

Part of the reason I’ve been thinking about community these last several days is because, as many of you know by now, last week we lost a special member of ours, Kathreen Ricketson. I keep thinking about the amazing journey Kathreen and her family were taking around Australia. Many of us were following her on Instagram. It’s just beyond heartbreaking. For those wishing to help Kathreen’s son and daughter, Whip Up has posted information on donating money to an education fund for them.

Something Kristin wrote last week really resonated with me. She was blogging about Kathreen and her partner Rob, and their two children, and said “The crafting community is compassionate, generous and action-oriented, so we always want to do something in times of tragedy.” I can’t stop thinking about that statement. We are an community of action.

first quilt top done!
Photo from Natalie of Greenleaf Goods

I know this to be true. Last month, after the bombing in Boston, charity drives of all sorts started happening. Quilts for Boston has gathered over 1100 blocks for their quilts, and blocks are still pouring in.

laying out blocks
Photo from Natalie of Greenleaf Goods

To Boston with Love, the flag bunting drive, received over 1600(!!!) flags – over a mile long!

To Boston with Love
Photo from Amy of During Quiet Time

Flags from all continents except Antarctica. They will be displayed this weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

MFA To Boston with Love
Photo from Amy of During Quiet Time

The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild (OKCMQG) is having a quilt drive and auction for victims of last weeks devastating tornado in Moore, OK.

In the age of the internet, our community is global. My husband says this means we see more bad things happen and we feel them personally. That’s true I guess. But we also respond globally and I’m very proud to be part of this presence.

I’ve spent the week thinking about an easy way people can find how to help when bad things happen. I receive a lot of emails asking me to mention various needs on my blog. I’ve decided to dedicate a page to listing these requests.

Community Giving

The page is up at the top and called “Community Giving“. I hope that helps make it a bit easier for you to be part of the good we can accomplish together. If you have a cause you’d like me to include on this new page, click on over to see the information I need from you to be included the list.

100 Quilts for Kids

100 Quilts for Kids is a charity quilt drive started in 2010 by Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt and the DC Modern Quilt Guild. The first year, the goal was to create and collect 100 quilts to donate locally to children in need of some extra comfort. By the second year, several hundred quilts were made and donated. I’m sure the quilt drive will be even a bigger success this year.

100 Quilts for Kids

It’s very easy to participate. Simply make a quilt, donate it (locally if possible), and post a photo in the “Link Up” party, which also enters you to win a few fabulous prizes which are listed on Katie’s blog.

100 Quilts for Kids Blocks

For my quilt for donation, I decided to use my Quilting Bee Blocks from the Twice Around the Block Virtual Quilting Bee which wrapped up earlier this year. I sent a lot of bright fabrics to my bee group and asked them to make scrappy log cabins.

100 Quilts for Kids Layout

I posted a photo on Instagram asking if people thought I should finish with sashing or no sashing – the vote was for no sashing and I think it looks great for a child, lots of color! The back is a collection of fat quarters and a half yard from my stash.

100 Quilts for Kids Back

The quilting is straight lines, randomly spaced between 1/4″ and 1″.

100 Quilts for Kids Quilting

Some ideas of places to donate quilts are Project Linus, Wrap Them in Love Foundation, Newborns in Need, the (not related) Quilts for Kids organization, your local women’s shelter or your local hospital. If you are still stumped, check with your local quilt shop and I am sure they know of organizations in your area that need donations.

If you aren’t sure what sort of quilt to make, Katie is also hosting a quilt along as part of 100 Quilts for Kids. And finally, don’t forget to post photos of any finished quilt for the drive in the Flickr Group.

Thanks for donating everyone!