Today, a few good causes to share with you kind readers. And I really mean that - I continue to interact with the kindest of people through this blog. I recently got an email from Kelly asking if I would share information about a fundraiser she and her family are doing to help them adopt two little girls with Down Syndrome from another country.
This request was immediately near and dear to my heart. My husband has two brothers (not twins and not adopted) who have Down Syndrome. They are such a blessing in our family! On top of that, our neighbors recently adopted a sweetheart with Down Syndrome from this same country. She is an angel and we love having her in our neighborhood and congregation. We saw first hand the cost it takes to go through the legal process to adopt one of these angels. Clearly it is not something that everyone can do, but I have high admiration for those who do.
Not knowing my own experience having family members and neighbors with Down Syndrome, Kelly asked if I would mention the fundraiser her family is doing to help them with the enormous costs to give these girls a family. (We're talking 10's of $1,000's.) One such fundraiser is to make a quilt block along with a financial contribution to their cause. If you would like to contribute, please visit the Grove's Where Love Resides blog. You can also read more about their girls and their experiences at their family blog.
A Tender the Earth charm pack from Green Fairy Quilts
And two Always and Forever charm packs + accompanying yardage
from Burgundy Buttons.
I am kicking in some Robert Kaufman vintage Darlene Zimmerman charm packs as well as some other goodies.
On top of that I will give away a free pattern of your choice from my pattern shop to anyone who makes any financial contribution to the Grove family fundraiser here or here. After you've contributed email me at amy(at)diaryofaquilter.com and let me know which pattern you choose.
And now, one more special cause - which may have more universal application. As you may know, February is Women's Heart Health Awareness month. Remember all those celebrities who wear red designer dresses and then auction them off to raise funds to help with heart-health awareness? Well it's like that, only with out the designer dresses. Instead you get to make yourself a quilt. Much more within my realm.
Leah, of Burgundy Buttons, has created a free Block of the Month and Blog Hop called Sew Red for Women to help raise awareness for Heart Disease among women - a disease that has affected her own family.
This blog hop will feature a different block tutorial from a different blogger each month. The Block of the Month kicks off February 3 - Wear Red Day - at Burgundy Buttons. On the 3rd of each of the 12 months following there will be a new free tutorial at these different blogs:
February 3 Leah of Burgundy Buttons
March 3Fat Quarterly's Tacha of Hanies Quilts
April 3 Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt
May 3 Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
June 3 Charlie of Qubee Quilts
July 3 Jessica of Twin Fibers
August 3 Melissa of The Polkadot Chair
September 3 Amber of A Little Bit Biased
October 3 Amy of Diary of a Quilter
November 3 Amy of Amy's Creative Side
December 3 Sherri of A Quilting Life
January 3 Lynne of Lily's Quilts
Basically - a fun, free Block of the Month quilt with a gentle reminder to take good care of your heart. Because I know what sweet ones you have.