Watching the Hurricane Sandy coverage has been heartbreaking, but it especially hit home to me last weekend. My husband happened to talk to a client who lives in New Jersey and asks how she was doing. While she was safe, members of her immediate family had lost everything. She was trying to find ways to help them and planning on hosting 80 people for Thanksgiving alone. That same weekend, we had our first big snowfall of the year. Suddenly I didn't take my cozy house for granted anymore.
And I decided to do something. So I pulled out all the random flannel fabric I had in my house and started putting together a few simple quilts. It seemed stupid to have so much fabric and not share something with people who've lost everything. I had tons of pinks and yellows leftover from when my girls were little. These quilts aren't fancy, but they were fast. I made them 'envelope' style (sewed around the edges of fronts and backs right sides together with batting, turned right-side out and stiched the outside edges) and tied the centers. But they're thick and warm, so hopefully they'll do in a pinch.
This quilt is made from a bunch of flannel Fat Quarters from the Playdate collection by Dear Stella. I love those elephants! (You can find Playdate at Fat Quarter Shop) I hope this will go to a loving home. Again, nothing fancy. I cut each fat quarter into 3 strips 6.25" x 18" long. Mix up the prints to make blocks of 3 strips and square them up to 18" (17.5" finished). A fast way to make large blocks.this method for making 3 baby blankets at once that is super quick and easy - and a great project for teaching beginning sewers. I think she did a great job.
I'm realizing I need to do a better job not only making time to sit and teach my kids to sew, but to also make more time to help my kids my kids be more involved in doing good deeds.
Bumble Beans has organized quilt collections and is actively delivering them to shelters and medical stations where they will go directly to people in need. Also Make It Better: Craftalong for Sandy Relief is collecting all kinds of warm items - including hats, mittens, blankets... Both groups have addresses where items can be mailed.
There are always lots groups in local communities looking to collect charitable projects for those in need during the holidays. If you are local here in Utah I know of two groups collecting fabric for blankets for service projects - both fleece and quilts. Email me at amy[at]diaryofaquilter[dot]com if you'd like contact info on either of those projects.
If you're aware of other entities collecting quilts and similar donations, please feel free to leave them in the comments.
It feels good to do good.