Category — Charity
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.
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.
Photo from Natalie of Greenleaf Goods
To Boston with Love, the flag bunting drive, received over 1600(!!!) flags – over a mile long!
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.
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.
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.
May 24, 2013 30 Comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
The quilting is straight lines, randomly spaced between 1/4″ and 1″.
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!
September 3, 2012 6 Comments
Earlier this month I received an email from Lyanna of Purple Panda Quilts asking if I wanted to be involved very special stocking drive. Lyanna is a quilter and a blogger, but in “real life” she works with the Bair Foundation and every Christmas they provide stockings for foster children. Normally the kids get construction paper and yarn stockings that are thrown out after being used. As I was reading her email, I think this was the point where my heart broke a little bit. I guess I just took for granted the fact that every year when I was growing up, I had the same stocking (that my mom made for me). In fact, I still use it when I am at my parents house during the holidays. So of course, I didn’t hesitate in saying I would love to make a stocking and blog about the stocking drive.
Stockings for Kids is Lyanna’s effort to gather 50 handmade stockings before December 1st. You can see more information on her blog and in the Flickr group. There is a blog hop going on where you can find tutorials on how to make stockings or add different features, like the cuff on the top. (I followed that one, it was great!) There are even prizes!
For my stocking, I didn’t use a pattern but simply took one of our stockings and traced it with a 1/4″ extra on each side to take into account the seam allowance. I pieced strips of Sarah Jane Studio’s Children at Play fabric and threw in a bit of Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow and some red Kei Honeycomb. The front of the stocking is like a quilt. It has a back, batting and the pieced front. I quilted it with straight lines about 1/2″ apart. The back of the stocking is a solid green.
Then I followed Allison’s tutorial on assembly with a cuff and lining. The cuff fabric is also from the Children at Play line. Easy peasy!
I put together a little collage of inspiration from Flickr. I hope you will consider making a stocking for these kids, it is such a great cause!
1. Tutorial for christmas stocking!, 2. Handmade Christmas Stockings, 3. the stockings are hung, 4. stockings, 5. Patchy Stockings, 6. Color play., 7. stockings, 8. sachets squirrels and stockings, 9. stockings, 10. stockings front, 11. Xmas stockings, 12. Stripey Stocking
October 21, 2011 12 Comments
One of the best things about the quilting community is the charity that many quilters take part in. Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt is leading up a great effort to see how many quilts we can donate to children in need.
100 Quilts for Kids is an initiative that runs from September 15 thru October 14. The goal is to make a crib or toddler sized quilt and donate it to the charity of your choice. During this month, you will have the opportunity to link to a photo of your donation on Katie’s blog and Aunt Spicy’s blog and be entered to win some fabulous prizes! (Including a few copies of my Off Centered Squares quilt pattern).
I’m not affiliated with any of the following, but some ideas of places to donate quilts…Project Linus, central Texas wildfire quilt collection organized by Modern Day Quilts, Wrap Them in Love Foundation, Newborns in Need, 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.
I plan on donating a quilt and hope you will join me!
September 8, 2011 6 Comments