Sunday again - with a blessed overcast sky and cooler temperatures for us here in Middle Tennessee - hooray!! We'll actually see highs in the 70's this week - a lovely foretaste of fall for us to enjoy....
Today I want to give you all a heads-up about a great charity quilt challenge that will be starting very soon....
This is such a great event - between September 15th and October 15th, you make and donate, in your area, quilts for children. Your choice of charity, your choice of quilt - and such a great cause! This is the second year for this event, sponsored by the DC Modern Quilt Guild and Kate of Swim, Bike, Quilt. Here, in Kate's own words, are the details of the event....
Please join the DC Modern Quilt Guild this fall in our second annual charity event, 100 Quilts for Kids. Last December, guild members and quilt bloggers generously (and quickly) made and donated over 130 quilts to children in our own communities during the holiday season. I was so inspired and impressed with the generosity and efforts of many of you, and was grateful to be a part of the tremendous potential for good that exists in the quilting community. This year, we hope to expand our efforts, inviting quilt bloggers and Modern Quilt Guilds to join with us. Instead of frantically sewing charity quilts in November and December, this year's quilt drive will take place from September 15-October 15, after the lazy days of summer and before the rush of holiday preparations begins!
DETAILS AT A GLANCE:
Make a baby or toddler sized quilt--finish a WIP, try a new pattern, find a use for extra blocks from virtual bees, or start and finish a new quilt)
Donate your quilt(s) to an organization in your community--consider donating your quilt(s) to a local foster care program, domestic violence center, homeless shelter, children’s hospital, or local military family support organization, or to an organization such as Project Linus or Margaret’s Hope Chest
Donate your quilt(s) from September 15-October 14, 2011: Let us know you donated your quilt (and where you donated it) by sharing a link to a blog post or picture on flickr at one of two linky parties. (You can also email me a picture of the finished quilt and I will link up for you).
Prizes! To encourage quilters to participate, and to say "thank you," there will be goody bags and prizes associated with each link-up party. We will also randomly draw numbers for a list of grand prizes on October 15, here, at Swim, Bike, Quilt. New this year, there will be a reader's choice prize: I will pick my ten favorite quilts, readers get to vote, and whoever wins will get a prize. And it will be a good one :)
Sponsors Needed: If you are interested in sponsoring the event/donating a fabric or quilting related prize, please let me know!
Thank you in advance for participating. I would love your help getting the word out, and have a few fun giveaways to encourage you to do so (click here for information). Just copy and paste the code below and paste it into your sidebar, or blog post. Thanks!
Note: Information on 100 Quilts for Christmas, our 2010 event, available here. A big thank you to everyone for their efforts last year, and thank you to everyone who has already helped me out/let me talk their ear off about 100 Quilts for Kids. And finally, thank you to my sister-in-law, Amber Blakesley, for designing the logo and button!
Our local quilt group will be making quilts to donate to the local Downs Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. I hope you'll find your own group to donate to and join in - it's a great way to share your skills in a charity drive and make a difference in the world!
And if you need some ideas for simple quilts for the purpose, you might check out some of this eye candy....
|There are directions for this quilt|
on Kate's blog....
|And some beautiful quilts that have already|
been linked up to the Flickr group!
So many quilts - and so many needs! Won't you join in? Hope to see you there!!