As I drove to work this morning, I thought to myself : “I have never EVER in my life left my house when it’s -8 degrees outside (and -20 with wind chill)! Are you CRAZY?” It seems to me that with the winter chill settling in over most of the country, it’s the perfect time to stay inside and quilt. Don’t you think? I hope that wherever you are today, and whatever you are doing, you are safe and warm.
Now, I have some really great quilty stuff to share…
In every issue of Quiltmaker this year we will have a “Quilty Causes” article, featuring quilters who have seen a need in their community or the world, and stepped up to meet that need and make a difference. I’ve had the honor of contacting these quilters and hearing their stories, and I have to say that I LOVE what they are doing. Their generosity and determination is truly inspiring to me, and I hope to you, too.
In the March/April issue we highlighted three groups.
HeartStrings Quilt Project is an international, mostly internet group that makes quilts to donate to various charities. Their website explains the project and gives the HeartStrings quilt block instructions so you can make blocks or quilts to donate to their cause. The quilt block is fun and easy to make—kind of like eating m&m’s. You can’t stop at just one! (Ask me how I know this.) If your quilt group needs a project, these fun blocks just might be the ticket!
The Queen Bees, along with the help of their local quilt guild, Patches ‘n Pieces Quilt Guild, meet once a month to sew, share, gab and create. In 2010 they made more than 100 quilts to donate to local organizations in their community. They are a fun group (and they sound a little crazy—in a good way!), dedicated to helping other people. One hundred quilts! WOW! Visit patchesandpieces.org to learn more.Interfaith Quilters of Longmont are a group of quilters from various churches who meet together every Monday to make quilts for their annual quilt show and sale. In 2010 $32,000 was raised from the sale of 500 quilts, and the funds went to two organizations in their Colorado community. These quilters have been going strong for 25 years! You go girls!
To ALL of these wonderful quilters, thank you! Thank you for spreading the quilting spirit and giving back to your communities.
Is there a charity that you or your quilt group supports? Please leave us a comment and tell us all about it. We quilters can help change the world, one quilt (or quilt block) at a time.