QM Collaboration Reminder 0
Hello everyone! Or should I say, “hello quilting buddies!”?
I’m here to remind you of our Quilter’s Mart Collaboration project. It’s been a few weeks since the notice went out, and we’re super excited for the squares that are rolling in.
We want to donate as many Quilter’s Mart quilts as possible, and we need your help!
If you are scratching your head, wondering what on earth I’m talking about, here’s a refresher: LINK
Nancy the Quilting Goddess and myself are teaming up with YOU, our Quilter’s Mart community, to create quilts to donate. This collaboration will be featured on the blog as it takes shape, but we can’t be successful without your participation.
If you can spare a few hours for us, please create a 12 inch square block and send them to me. It can be absolutely anything you want, as long as it is 12 inches - no requirements for colors, shapes, patterns, prints… nothing! Full creative license!
Infinite creative options mean that you may not be able to restrict yourself to just one square - Don’t worry! You can send as many as you’d like. And if you do make more than one, they don’t have to match each other. We’ll collect all the squares and sort them and mix them into multiple quilts.When you’re done, please send to:
Quilter’s Mart Collaboration Project
PO Box 11773
Portland, OR 97211
We are accepting contributions for the next couple months. When we close the project, we’ll make sure to let you know.
Thank you, everyone! Can’t wait to see what you make and work on this collaboration with you!
Charitable Quilting - DIY Style 3
Welcome back for another installment in our Charitable Quilting Series! This week, we’re not highlighting a specific organization.
So far, our featured organizations have been US-based, and because we have a lot of international members of the Quilter’s Mart community, we thought we were due for something that could work for all readers!
Pursuing some of these avenues may require a bit more legwork on your end than donating directly to an established quilting charity, but you may also discover that you find it extra rewarding because you’re a bit more personally involved in the donation process.
What are you getting at, Carolyn? This is all so vague! Okay, okay. Let me lay it out for you: I’m thinking you could make a quilt (or two? Or a dozen?) and hand deliver it yourself!
But where? How do I find someone who would benefit from a fabric-and-batting-and-love-filled hug? Here are my ideas! I’ll admit -some of them are stolen from reader comments on previous posts!
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
As I mentioned in another post, one of the Quilter’s Mart team’s own babies was a preemie and stayed in the NICU for 10 days. She is my niece, and it was incredibly hard to watch her and her loving parents go through those scary 10 days. Watching it will never compare to living it, of course, and from what I’ve heard from her parents, receiving a handmade quilt would have meant the world to them during that scary time.
A NICU stay postpones the joy of having a newborn while you live with the worst fear imaginable. Making a tiny quilt for a NICU baby may not take you very long, but the impact it has on the family who receives that comfort and support will last forever.
Consider donating a quilt to a NICU near you. If you do, please be mindful of allergens such as pet hair, as NICUs may turn away your donation if they have allergens that may be harmful to the fragile babies.
If you’re inspired by our last post and would like to donate to the homeless community in your area, look up where the local homeless shelters are, contact them, and ask if you can bring them some quilts!
Alternatively, you can do exactly as Rosemary did, and bring the quilts out into the community yourself and donate them directly to the homeless. This will give you a chance to connect directly with the recipients. We only ask that if you decide to donate directly, that you do so safely.
Children in foster care are often in need of basic items, but the most basic thing they need is love. You can give a little bit of that to them through a donation of a quilt!
I’m not sure how foster care is structured in other countries. And even in the US, it varies state by state. But I do know that here in Oregon, the Department of Human Services handles foster care arrangements. I imagine there are similar agencies where you are!
Peregrine Rose, 10 days in NICU 2013
I recommend looking into the structure of arranging care for children in need where you live, and then contacting some local agencies to find out how you can donate your quilts to envelop those sweet children in love.
Women who are survivors of abuse are similarly in need of tender love and care. There are countless organizations that help these women leave abusive situations, recover, and restart.
Seek one out in your area, and wrap those women up to give them strength.
Local Police Department
This one is definitely one that I hadn’t thought of until I read a reader comment. The idea is that you can donate quilts for officers to keep in their cars to wrap around folks who have been in a car accident, or who need to be comforted on-scene for other reasons.
For this one, I’d suggest calling up the non-emergency line for your local police department and asking them if you can bring some quilts by.
There you go, friends! I hope some of those ideas have inspired you. Please do always call ahead before you go visit to drop off a donation, regardless of where you are donating. You may even want to call before you start a project to make sure that there aren’t any guidelines to think about that would keep them from accepting your quilt.Did I miss any? Where else have you donated quilts in the past?