Quilters have broad shoulders
Time and time again, quilters have rallied together to make big differences in the lives of the needy or victimized. Typically, these are groups, clubs and organizations that work together for a single cause.
However, it is not unusual to see a single, determined quilter supply their entire community's hospital with baby blankets, or nursing homes with lap quilts. Many will even dig deep into their stash to help their local veterinarian offices send 'patients' home wrapped in cuddly 'scrappy' comforters.
So, if/when you finally run out of family members, friends and neighbors to quilt for, consider making just one more quilt and donating it to your favorite cause. Or, keep a brightly colored tub in your sewing room and throw all 'usable' leftover fabrics in, (most quilters consider this to be anything bigger than a one-inch square) and when it's full, donate the whole tub – even your community schools and 4-H clubs could use the fabric for hundreds of worthy projects.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss
Sew & Tells
Planting flowers and smiles…
submitted by Linda Conlin, Silver Springs, NV.
I've planted flowers in my daughters' homes which range from Sparks, Nevada; and Seattle, Washington, to Clarksville, Tennessee. These paper-pieced tulips were featured in the March/April 2006 issue Love of Quilting. I've also made mini wall hangings using one tulip and given them to friends, they love them. Thank you for your great magazine. I may not have a green thumb, but I do have a thimble.
This one is mine…
submitted by Ranee Svenningsen, Luverne, ND.
When I opened the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Love of Quilting, I was surprised and delighted to find the quilt 'Tulips'. I too, have made it in prints of pink with green from an earlier era. I had kept a newspaper clipping from the 40's and in more recent years began making blocks and finally finished it in 2005. It is all hand appliquéd and hand quilted.
This is my first quilt that I ever made for myself, but I sew many quilts each year for the Lutheran World Relief. I usually sew for them January through April, and last year made 30 in that time period.
Since the 'Tulip' quilt, I have made a few more special ones, among them, your pattern 'Corn and Beans'. I so enjoy your magazine.
submitted by Peter Thomas.
Thought you might enjoy seeing a photo of Peter's Kimono Rose quilt he made from the pattern in the March/April 2009 issue of Love of Quilting.
Help for Hati
The Sewing Machine Project, Inc., a Madison-based grassroots nonprofit, has begun a “Help Us Help Haiti” project. The Sewing Machine Project provides sewing machines and sewing tools to areas affected by natural disasters in an effort to “mend communities”.
USAID has connected The Sewing Machine Project to Family Outreach International, an Atlanta-based relief organization and together these organizations are working to offer a hands-on means of “mending” the Haitian community. Sewing machines and sewing tools, as well as children’s clothing will be shipped to Haiti in mid-March. In addition, AllBrands of Baton Rouge will donate 100 new sewing machines for this effort. AllBrands is also working with the state of Louisiana to potentially create “sewing cottages” from the FEMA trailers left over from Hurricane Katrina. The “sewing cottages” will be equipped with generators and be self-contained sewing centers where clothing can be made for the children in the orphanages and eventually as micro businesses, where the women of Haiti can produce items to sell.
The Sewing Machine Project began in 2005 as a response to the Southeast Asian tsunami and since then has delivered over 650 sewing machines globally, including over 500 to America’s Gulf Coast region post Katrina, offering a creative means of “mending communities”.
For more information on this effort and on The Sewing Machine Project, see thesewingmachineproject.org.
Two for charity, one for myself, and all from the heart!
Submitted by Molly Skeen
Sponsor a Quilter – Make a Difference!
Who are the Coffee Creek quilting students?
Incarcerated women at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility living in the minimum-security
dormitories; most are between 25 and 45 years old. Many have experienced interpersonal violence, homelessness and the absence of supportive families and positive role models growing up. Many have mental health and substance abuse needs and chronic medical conditions.
What do they learn?
The Coffee Creek Quilters (CCQ) program teaches them patience, perseverance, problem solving and the importance of quality work. They also experience the joy of giving as they learn to make two quilts for charity and one for themselves, which they often give to a child or another loved one.
What have Coffee Creek quilting students said?
“This was the first time I felt good about myself in prison. Making my first quilt gave me the self confidence that I could finish something.”
“It's hard to accept that after always being told you're no good, someone tells you you're doing a good job, so thanks for encouraging me.”
“I’ve never worked so hard to do my best quality work; I’m so proud of my quilts and doing something for someone else.”
How much does it cost?
CCQ is an all-volunteer effort. Although most of the fabric for student quilts is donated, on average, it costs around $100 for each student who goes through the CCQ program. Quilting expenses include thread, quilt batting, replacement blades for rotary cutters, sewing machine needles and replacing sewing machines, irons, ironing boards and cutting mats as needed. Other expenses include printing brochures and storage rental for the fabric “stash”.
What can you do?
We invite you to participate in CCQ's efforts by donating $100 to sponsor a quilter for the
year she is in the program. We welcome one-time contributions as well as annual donations.
Direct contact with students is not possible; however, they are very grateful for “outside” support & caring!
For more information, and/or to make a tax deductible donation, go to www.coffeecreekquilters.org.
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