September 14, 2011

Sewing for a Cause

Recently, i was approached by Kate of Swim, Bike, Quilt who asked if i would help to sponsor the DC Modern Quilt Guild's second annual charity sewing event called

Count me in! Their mission is to encourage quilters to donate baby or toddler sized quilts to children at organizations in your own communities — so you get to decide where your quilts will go. You could donate to a local children's hospital, foster care program, domestic violence center, homeless shelter, or military family support organization. Though i am not affiliated with any of these, there are also organizations such as Project Linus , AmeriCares , Save the Children or Ronald McDonald House that you might consider.

There was a great turnout for this event last year when 130 quilts were donated— wow! This year Kate and her guild hope to continue to expand their efforts by inviting quilt bloggers and guilds from all over the globe to participate. Please click here to read more about the details and dates. If you need some arm-twisting then let me also mention that there are some awesome prizes from Fat Quarter Shop, Denyse Schmidt Quilts, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics, Elizabeth Hartman, Oliver + S, Vand Co., Fabric Shoppe, Cluck Cluck Sew, me and many others! Also, if you are interested in sponsoring the event/donating a fabric or quilting related prize, please email Kate: swimbikequilt at gmail dot com (before October 10th).

If you don't have time to start a quilt from scratch, one suggestion was to finish a WIP if you had one lying around. That got me thinking. I have this quilt top that i made for the GoBaby giveaway last month:
Would anyone want to finish it and donate it to an organization in your community?? I would be happy to send it off to someone, but please DO NOT LOOK TOO CAREFULLY (or at all) at the sloppy seams on the back, ok?!

I hope you'll join this wonderful cause, and if you know of other charities you'd like to suggest, please note them in the comments for everyone to see. The more children whose lives can be brightened in some small way, the better.


  1. You want it done, I'll happily finish it for you.

  2. I'm in DC Modern with Kate and am so excited about this project!

  3. I love the quilt top too. I am happy that you are doing this with Kate@swimbikequilt. I am so proud of what she is doing. I am not biased either. I am just her mom. :)

  4. Hmmm... all my pieced tops are spoken for currently, but this project sounds super worthwhile. I'm new to the quilting part (and not particularly talented yet), but since I'm told quilters are often the scarcest resource in charity quilting, I'd like to volunteer my services as a quilter.

    Please put me down to baste, quilt, and bind a top or two - yours, or anyone else who wants to drop me a line. I'll put some pictures of my work so far up on my blog tonight, and top donators can comment there or email me.

  5. it sounds like your top is taken care of, but if for some reason the above comments don't work out i'd be delighted to finish and donate it.

  6. Thanks for this post, Kate! I really want to do better at donating some of my quilts! My goal for 2011 is 5...and maybe I can do 10 next year...

  7. If your quilt doesn't find a home from the above comments, then I am willing to finish it and donate it to a child through our church outreach, or to one of the organizations we donate to (RMH, VA hospital, nursing home, or the church nursery). Your quilt is lovely and once finished, no one sees the inside anyway. I need to check out this drive as am (slowly) making two small quilts right now as charity quilts.

  8. I'm making October the month to finish all the tops I've made...I think there are 5 at the moment. I usually donate them to our local Kids Kottage (where children go when taken away from parents or in foster)...and our local VA Guest House.


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