Thursday, November 11, 2010

Good Causes

Quilters as a group are some of the best people. I know I'm slightly biased in this statement, but I continue to witness so many acts of kindness among quilters and I am so inspired.  

And here's another opportunity to prove me right:  Kate of SewBikeQuilt and Aunt Spicy are hosting an opportunity to give back to your local community. It's the perfect opportunity to pull out those old WIP's and give them a loving home.  And just to make it more fun (because quilters are also a fun bunch) prizes and giveaways are involved. I recently found a quilt top I made a while ago that never got finished - thanks Kate and Spicy for the motivation to get it out of one of my many piles and give it to someone who would use and need it. Click on the button above for all the details.
If your time for creating quilts is short this busy time of year, but you'd still like the opportunity to give to a meaningful cause (and get some beautiful quilts in the process!) please visit AmericanQuilting.blogspot.com.  The American Quilting shop in Orem, Utah is raising money for the Paul Peterson Cancer Fund by hosting a silent auction of a few dozen of their sample quilts from the past few years.  100% of the proceeds go to the Paul Peterson family.

These quilts are all hand made and beautifully machine quilted.  There will be eight new quilts each week until December 30. Go to the AmericanQuilting blog for more details and pictures of the new quilts each week. Stop by the shop or call 801-802-7841 for more information. 

I'm feeling a little peeved at Cancer today. Along with the loss of my friend Allison's husband last month, this weekend I got the news of my sweet friend Jen's diagnosis with leukemia.  In less than 4 days she went from not feeling great, getting admitted to the hospital, being diagnosed, and starting chemo on Monday. It happened that fast! Jen introduced me to fellow kindred spirit and anglophile, Aunt Spicy last year and I had a hilarious thrifting adventure  with them when I was visiting family in Maryland last summer.  I love you JR! Keep fighting - my prayers are with you!

And finally, while we're on the top of praising fighters: Happy Veterans Day/Remembrance Day. (This was my son's PTA Reflections Contest entry this year. The theme was "Together we can. . . " and he choose: "Together we can remember people who died in the army to protect our freedom.")

Many thanks to the men and women and their families (in countries everywhere) who sacrifice so much for the well-being of others - especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. God bless you all.

4 comments:

Aunt Spicy said...

Thanks Amy for such a great post, especially the reminder about Veterns Day! Thanks also for helping get the word out about 100 Quilts for Christmas! I'll see JR tonight so I will tell her to read your blog :-)

goldwillow said...

Oh Maryland! I meant to leave a comment when you did that post a while back about your time in this good old line state ( where I grew up!). Since you are a fellow thrifter I'm going to let you in on the most amazing place ever, Crumpton Auctions! It happens every Wednesday, rain or shine ( except the week of Christmas I *think*) There are fields of vintage goodies and boxes upon boxes of stuff. It takes some digging but you can get some real jems or even buy huge lots for as little as $5!!! Most people bid on huge lots for one or two items and they leave what they don't want so that becomes fair game to anyone with an eye for a diamond in the rough. More expensive antiques are housed in the indoor Auction area and there is an Amish market selling soft pretzels preserves and other tasty treats. I went every week with my mum before I moved and I miss it so much. I just haven't ever heard of anything that compares out west.
http://www.crumptonauctions.com/

Kate said...

Thanks for posting this Amy! We're all rooting JR on, I think.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Jenn, Aunt Spicey is such a great girl. You're wonderful to get involved.