“What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.”
It's time to start thinking about Hands2Help again! If you aren't familiar with Hands2Help, this will be the second year for this charity quilt challenge. Last year, 47 quilters made 61 quilts that were sent to Judi of Green Fairy Quilts. Judi and her husband Clint took those quilts to Romania to be distributed to orphans there, along with school supplies and food.
Judi tells me that they still have enough quilts left over from last year (because they are limited on how many they can take over with them) that she doesn't need any more this year. So that means that we will have a new charity to donate our quilts to this year. I'm still working out the details but I believe we will have two charity choices this year, giving us more options for variety in our quilts.
Because I'm trying to make Hands2Help better this year than it was last year, I need some feedback from you! If you could answer a few questions for me in your comment, it can go a long way to making this a great experience for everyone.
1. Would you rather work out of your own stash, or swap fabric like we did last year?
2. If you are an international (non-US) blogger, would you be more likely to participate if you could ship your flimsy and backing only (I would see that it gets quilted here in the States) to save on postage?
3. Would you be interested in seeing guest bloggers featuring simple designs that can be used for your quilt(s)?
4. What suggestions do you have to make the experience better? (Remember, there are no crazy ideas - just crazy quilters!)
I'm so looking forward to this, and hope we'll have lots of participants again this year! Sundays on my blog will be dedicated to the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge from now until it's over, and I'm hoping to have the timeline, guidelines, and sponsor list up in the next couple of weeks.
By the way, the beautiful quilts pictured above are just a few of the quilts that were donated as part of the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2011, along with many others you can see here on Flickr.
So please take a few minutes, leave a comment with some answers to help me plan a great challenge, and let me know if you plan to participate this year, too! You don't have to have a blog to participate, but it is important that I be able to reach you - so if you don't have a blog, leave your e-mail address in your comment or e-mail me directly at email@example.com if you don't like leaving your e-mail out in public. Just FYI - if you don't hear back from me when you comment, you are a no-reply blogger and I don't have a way to reach you!
I hope you're as excited as I am!!
PS: If you are interested in sponsoring this challenge,
or in being a guest blogger,
please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org!!
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