Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hands2Help - Time to Signup, and a Giveaway!!




"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."

Hi, all!

Things are all falling into place for this year's Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  I'm so excited to get this started!


2015 represents the fifth year of the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  It’s been an amazing four years...

2011:  47 quilters made 60 quilts
2012:  55 quilters made 94 quilts
2013:  65 quilters made 127 quilts
2014:  70 quilters made 145 quilts

I can’t wait to see what the fifth year of the Challenge has in store - so let’s begin!


This year we have three great charities to choose from - two in the U.S. and one for our Canadian friends!  You will be signing up to make a quilt or quilts for any or all of these three charitable causes.



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Option #1 - Layers Of Hope - Quilting 911



Layers of Hope - Quilting 911’s mission is to enhance the lives of 911 Telecommunications Operators (911 Dispatchers) and their families during times of illness, disaster, loss and tragedy by inspiring hope, faith and optimism with a quilt of warmth and comfort in order to make a positive influence in the lives of those who make a difference everyday, one quilt and one stitch at a time.

Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 began back in 2005 when Jean Kester, a police/fire 911 dispatcher in Washington state, wanted to be of assistance during the Hurricane Katrina disaster.  Unable to go to Louisiana because of family obligations, her husband suggested that she make quilts for those who lost everything - and that started the journey that became Layers of Hope - Quilting 911.

Since that time, she has provided quilts for first responders on duty in the Virginia Tech tragedy, to dispatchers whose homes were involved in flooding in New York, to dispatch centers who have lost members of their dispatch family, to dispatchers enduring chemotherapy, and to their ill children.  

She reached a point where she knew she could no longer handle the volume of quilts needed on her own, and in 2012 set up a Facebook page asking for help from the quilting community, which of course was gladly given.  She now has many partners helping her fill the multitude of needs in the 911 community.

This year you have a chance to work with her to make a difference and reach out to those rarely seen and always heard during our darkest hours when they answer that call, “911, what are you reporting?”


She is in need of adult-sized quilts, for both men and women, and children’s (not infant’s) quilts.

Option #2 - Happy Chemo!




Once again, we will be helping out with this ongoing project of Emily of Em's Scrapbag.  You can choose to make quilts for Happy Chemo, an organization that provides quilts and comfort for chemo patients.  They also collect up and provide information about freebies and discounts that may be of use to chemo patients.  Emily has been championing this cause for a while, and has set a goal of providing 1500 quilts to Happy Chemo.  She’s already donated more than 600 quilts, and I’d like to see her numbers grow!  She has generously agreed to be part of this challenge, and is excited to see what comes of it.  Here's what Emily has to say about Happy Chemo...

"The first time I met Ginger Johnston, founder of Happy Chemo, it was my first visit to a chemo lab.  I was scared and unsure of what the future held for me.  In walked Ginger, bald and boobless but determined to bring a little sunshine into the chemo lab.  So before she started her treatment she took everyone’s name and drew prizes.  It so changed my experience that I knew I needed to help her in her quest.  I started making quilts for her to give.  Because I can’t sew as fast as cancer strikes I started asking for help.  I just want to bring a little comfort and joy to those who are facing the fear and uncertainty that trips to the chemo lab bring. “

Quilts made for this project will be sent to Emily to help her meet her goal of 1500 quilts donated to Happy Chemo!


She is in need of quilts 45” square to 60” x 72”.  Any style of quilt is accepted as cancer affects men and women, children and adults.

And now, for our Canadian friends...

Option #3
Because You Matter

“I would like to see people treasure and take care of each other for no other reason than that we all matter.  I also believe that change begins at home.  There is so much need in the world, and it is easy to feel helpless to do anything about it.  But there is something that we can do!  One small act of kindness can show someone else that they matter.”

Ring Toss quilt for a little boy who lost his home to a fire.

Nita Collins, who blogs at Nita Dances, works to be a living example of what Mahatma Gandhi meant when he said: Be the change you want to see in the world.  In her effort to discover ways that she could be the change, she started a personal quilting project called Because You Matter.  The purpose of Because You Matter is to make and give a quilt to a person (mainly kids, but adults too) who is having a hard time and would be comforted by a handmade quilt to snuggle up in.  Her focus is on children in foster care.

She is in need of lap sized quilts for both boys and girls.  She is located in Canada, which will give our Canadian quilters a local place they can donate to!  Step up, all you Canadians! (Of course, she'll gladly take quilts from the Americans, too, if you want to ship one to her!)


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With three charities to choose from this year, you can make a wide variety of sizes and styles of quilts - something for everyone!! And if you're torn between the three charities, feel free to make more than one quilt!  Just think how many wonderful designs you can try.... ;-)

And this year, to allow more international participants, if you live outside North America and want to participate, you can send your quilt top and back to me and I will quilt it for you, to save you from having to pay huge international postage to ship a finished quilt.  Or in the alternative, you can choose a local charitable cause to give your quilt to.  So come on and join in, all you Aussies, Brits, and Kiwis!  And anyone else who wants to join in!  





Here's the calendar for this year's Hands2Help Challenge:


Initial signups will be Sunday March 15th through Saturday, March 21st.  You will receive one entry for signing up, and can get additional entries for putting the button on your blog sidebar, and/or posting about the challenge to encourage others to join in!  (You can sign up after this time, but this is the period to sign up to be part of the signup giveaway.)

The following Sunday, March 22nd, we'll announce the winners of the signup giveaway.  

On Sunday, March 29th, there will be a linky party where you can post links to your favorite on-line tutorials!  It could be a tutorial for a quilt pattern, or a technique like machine binding, or even a recipe for your favorite "while-I'm-quilting" snack or crock-pot meal!  You don't have to write the tutorial, you can link up to another blogger's tutorial.  If you love it, someone else might too!

Sunday, April 5th, you'll Meet The Sponsors!  So many generous people have stepped up to provide giveaways for all of you fabulous H2Hers, and I'm sure you'll want to see who they all are - and maybe even do a little shopping for the challenge with them!

And then there's the guest bloggers!  You will definitely want to be here on April 12th, April 19th, April 26thMay 3rdMay 10th, May 17th, and May 24th as we get to peek into the creative lives of some of our fellow H2Hers!  

There will also be check-in dates like last year, when you can link up and show your progress....  April 19th and May 17th.

Quilts should be completed by the week beginning Sunday, May 31st.  There will be a linky party (May 31st through June 6th) to link your finished quilt and show it off, and giveaways for people who link up their quilts.  We've got some great sponsors this year!  Winners will be announced on June 7th.

Quilts should be mailed to the appropriate place by Friday, June 12th.



And as promised, there's a giveaway!  Shannon, the owner of FabricsNQuilts, a great shop that is not only on-line, but also a brick and mortar shop in Jamestown, TN, is offering a $35 gift certificate for the signup giveaway.  

And not only that, she's offering free shipping for the duration of the challenge to all the participants!  


And C&T Publishing is offering a 25% discount to all participants on books ordered through their on-line shop, too.  The codes for both of those discounts will be emailed to the participants, so be sure to include your email address in your comment!

So here's what you need to do to sign up.

1)   Leave a comment below with your email address in it (unless you are SURE you are not a no-reply blogger) so I can email you directly for your contact information, and send you the discount codes!  If you found out about the H2H Challenge from someone else's blog, let me know who, so they can get an extra entry as a thanks for spreading the word.

NOTE:  You don't need to have a blog to participate!  But if you don't have a blog, please please please be sure to leave me your email address in your comment so I can reach you!!

2)  For an extra entry in the giveaway, post the H2H button on your  blog sidebar.  You can grab the code for it in the little box under the button on my sidebar.  Then leave a comment saying you've posted the button, with a link to your blog.  If you've already done that, leave a comment saying you've done so with the link.

3)  For another entry, write a blogpost about the Hands2Help Challenge to help spread the word.  Leave a comment saying you've done it, with a link to your post.  If you've already written a post (Thanks!!) leave a comment with a link.

4)  And followers, both new and old, get one final entry.  Leave another comment letting me know you're a follower.  


Woohoo!!  Let's get started!!

Hugs!

Sarah



If you'd like to read about the previous Hands2Help Challenges, click here and scroll back through the posts!

PS - if you've commented on any of my posts and you haven't heard back from me, you are probably a "no-reply" blogger!  Check here for instructions on how to correct this problem, or leave your e-mail address in your comment so that I can reach you!  If you don't feel comfortable leaving your e-mail address out in public, you can e-mail me directly at salliesue57(at)gmail(dot)com.

150 comments:

  1. I was waiting for your post so I could release my draft! HA Done all of the above so only going to do one comment just to easy your reading time. My quilts are done, but I think I can squeeze one more in.

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  2. This will be my third year to participate. Cant wait!

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  3. Please sign me up again.
    Also, I just put the button on my blog.
    When I get home, I will do an entry about I! Can't wait, so much fun!!

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  4. Sign me up Sarah, I'm a follower. I hope to give at least 1 quilt for each charity. I've gotten 2 of the quilts done already so I'm on track. Thanks for the incentive to get to work sooner on these.

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  5. Sign me up! I have one quilt done and another top I will be quilting soon.

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  6. I have the button on my side bar http://tanyaquiltsinco.blogspot.com

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  7. I just put a link to the sign-ups in my post http://tanyaquiltsinco.blogspot.com/2015/03/elephant-parade-finish-h2h.html

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  8. This will be my second year to participate, and I can't wait.

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  9. I put the button on my side bar http://shaunas-world.blogspot.com

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  10. Hi Sarah, what a happy time of year to be making quilts for these charities. This will be my second year participating. Thank you so much for the inspiration and challenge!

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  11. Please sign me up, I have included your link on my blog. I hope to give at least one quilt to each charity, thanks!

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  12. Please sign me up for one quilt!

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  13. I put the button on my blog too!

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  14. writing up a blog post now to spread the word!

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  15. Sign me up! I will be making one quilt for sure for the Canadian charity and two for the seniors in the residence across from my home.

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  16. I am a follower; yours was one of the first few blogs I followed over 1.5 years ago when I first entered blogland.

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  17. I just added the button to my sidebar. Will write a post this week and then let you know about it for my fourth entry! Thanks, Sarah.

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  18. Signing up. Thanks to your Sweet 16 QAL, I have a much appreciated head start.

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  19. Hi Sharon - Count me in for two quilts. This is my third year I think - seems like just the thing to do in Spring !

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  20. Okay, I don't remember all the different things to do to sign in, but sign me up for one to Happy Chemo...
    There could be more.... I just haven't started them yet. LOL
    Hugs

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  21. Oh, BTW, I've got the button on my blog.
    Hugs

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  22. I'm in Sarah and super excited about this! I've posted this on my blog, have my tutorial just about ready, and three of the four quilts are ready for binding. Yippee! You ROCK Sarah!

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  23. I was so pleased to see on Quilting 911 that you'd picked her effort to be featured this year! I've sent Jean a number of quilts already and have a couple more in process that I'm planning to donate to her cause. Sign me up! I'll grab the button and add it to my side bar now...

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  24. Okay, the button has been installed. I've signed up to follow by email, to help me keep track of the dates and deadlines. Going to try to do a post this week about H2H. Will stop back by when I do. :- )

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  25. I would love to participate this year. It's a great way to pass along kindness.

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  26. I posted your button on my sidebar :-)

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  27. I'm in! I hope to make a quilt for each of the programs!
    merryhands(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I have your button at my sidebar.

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  29. I'm a follower whose already starting my quilts

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  30. I'm in! I'm so excited that you've included Because you Matter! :) I've already got one top finished and plans for a second. Did a blog post about it today (www.nitadances.com) and put the link on my sidebar. Lets break some records this year!!

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  31. Woohoo!! I love this time of year, I'm definitely in! I put you button on my sidebar as soon as I saw it. I posted on facebook, I pinned it, I'm spreading the word! And you know I'd follow you any where to particiapte in H2H.

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  32. Sign me up. I just became a follower and will post this on my blog.

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  33. Sign me up! I think I've done it at least three of the other years already. It's lots of fun!

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  34. I figured out how to add the button to the blog! It's a new learning curve every time, no matter how easy you make it for us :)

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  35. I blogged about H2H, too. Hope you get lots of signups!

    http://troublesomecreekquilts.blogspot.com/2015/03/its-hands-2-help-time.html

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  36. Hi, Sarah. Sign me up for the challenge again this year. I'm excited to spread some quilty love!

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  37. I've posted the button on my side bar. http://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/

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  38. I just blogged about the challenge. Hope it helps to spread the word.
    http://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/

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  39. Ooooiee ... I'm excited to dip my toe in here ... I'll definitely make a quilt!

    Thanks! I'll be back with other comments when I get a blog post up and the H2H button added.

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  40. And I am a fairly new follower-by-email!

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  41. I was reminded about the Hands 2 Help Challenge by
    Everyone Deserves a Quilt. http://joanne-everyonedeservesaquilt.blogspot.com/

    And of course I follow your blog!!!!!! You always have good things to share!

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  42. I got the H2H button added to my sidebar ... it looks great there!
    thanks again

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  43. follow your blog and wondered when the charity quilt drive was to take place - I'm sure I can get you at least one again this year

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  44. I've blogged about the challenge

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  45. I will make a H2H quilt this year. I follow your blog and have a button on the side of my blog.

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  46. Sign me up for Layers of Hope! I have posted and added the button, hope we have lots of wonderful quilters sign up this year!

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  47. I don't have a blog but would like to participate.
    parksix@verizon.net

    Peg

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  48. I'm in! I'll make 2 quilts, or more if time allows.

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  49. I have a quilt picked out to make for Happy Chemo!! YAH! Always look forward to this event!

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  50. Here's my blog post:http://myplvl.blogspot.com/2014/03/hands-2-help-charity-challenge.html

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  51. And the button is added to my sidebar! Thanks for all you work in putting this event together Sarah!

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  52. I have a lap size WIP that I would be happy to finish for Happy Chemo. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  53. Hello Sarah, I would love to sign up again!! I would like to make two quilts, one for each of the charities in the USA. I would love to make one for the Canada one but shipping is a killer. Thank you again for running this. I know it takes a lot of energy.

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  54. I have the button on my sidebar. http://nunusquiltworld.blogspot.com/

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  55. I blogged about this event this morning. http://nunusquiltworld.blogspot.com/2015/03/hands2help-sign-up-have-begun.html

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  56. I tried to add your Hands2Help button to my sidebar but it is too big, it overlaps some of the text in my posts, so I will add it in individual posts about H2H.

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  57. Please count me in. I've been in finishing mode and I have a few happy projects that could be finished and donated. Since I spent many hours sitting with my dad at the chemo/infusion center during his fight with the big C, my quilts will be going to Em for Happy Chemo in his memory.

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  59. Let me try that one more time. I have added the H2H badge to my blog, Sophie Junction.

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  60. And I have blogged about the challenge here.

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  61. Hi Sarah! Blogger wouldn't let me add your button to my sidebar yesterday but today it did :-) So the word is getting out...I'm off to write a post about it.

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  62. Sarah, I've been waiting & waiting for this sign-up day--YAY to all the participating quilters out there! Looking forward to making at least 2 quilts this year for the challenge.
    slbook3(at)aol(dot)com

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  64. 73.SherryBMarch 16, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    I've been a follower of your blog for several years now...I check it out all the time! Thanks for your inspiration & ideas, and all the work you do for others...it makes my day to read what's going on in your world!
    slbook3(at)aol(dot)com

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  65. I am a new follower...your 1080th! I have a couple of quilts that just to be bound that I would be happy to donate. I'll take care of grabbing the button and writing a post tomorrow when I get home.

    I'll also provide my email address when I let you know the post is up.

    H2H is a great cause, thank you for coordinating and giving us an opportunity to participate.

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  66. Well, I'm back to say I'm a happy follower of your blog :-)

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  67. And that I have my blogpost published to spread the news!

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  68. Hi Sarah, Please sign me up...I would love to be a part of spreading some stitches of love !

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  69. I've been a follower for a loooong time !
    I was reminded of Hands to Help by Carla of http://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/

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  70. I posted on my blog about the challenge.

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  71. And I have been a long time follower :-)

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  72. Hi again Sarah, I posted the button on my side bar at http//:morestarsincomanche.blogspot.com

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  73. Hi Sarah. I placed the H2H button on my side bar.
    http://slamminthescreendoor.blogspot.com/
    My email address is: slamminthescreendoor@gmail.com

    Next up tomorrow...my post about H2H.

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  74. I blogged about the challenge today...
    http://quiltncards.blogspot.com/2015/03/hands-2-help-started-yesterday.html
    Hugs

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  75. Hi Sarah,
    I'd love to join H2H this year. Thanks for putting together such a great project.

    Jody from NJ
    jlk625@gmail.com

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  76. Even though I've been reading your blog for a while, I've finally become a follower. Thanks.
    Jody from NJ
    jlk625@gmail.com

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  77. I have added the Hands2Help button to my sidebar: http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/

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  78. I would like to make a quilt for the Layers of Hope - Quilting 911.

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  79. I have enjoyed reading your blog for a long time. I follow via BlogLovin'.

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  80. i will commit to making for our Candian representative of Because You Matter. Will try to do as many as possible- 2 or 3?
    sdmc1(at)live(dot)com

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  81. Ok Sarah, I think I have finished the last item for signing up for the challenge.

    I posted tonight about the challenge. My blog:
    http://slamminthescreendoor.blogspot.com/2015/03/hands-2-help-charity-challenge.html

    I read about H2H on Val's blog (Val's Quilting Studio) as well as Tanya's blog (Tanya Quilts in CO)

    I'm looking forward to participating in this very worthy event.

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  82. I'm a follower of Everyone Deserves a Quilt. I read about the H2H challenge & would like to participate. smreusser@aol.com

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  83. I've been looking for charities to donate to and the 911 and Em's charities are perfect. I don't have a blog so what's the steps I need to follow?
    bunch875@sbcglobal.net

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  84. Count me in. I alway look forward to H2H. I have a follower of since the first H2H challenge. I have the button on my blog. Let the fun begin.

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  85. I have posted about Hands2Help on my blog. http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/2015/03/hands2help-charity-quilt-challenge-2015.html

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  86. I would like to sign up for Hands2Help. My email is morzil@tcq.net. I do not have a blog. Thanks for all your work on this project.
    Sally Mortenson, Saint Paul MN

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  87. I would like to sign up as making one quilt. My email, tslayman@columbus.rr.com. Sorry, I do not have a blog. Love what you are doing. Thanks for the push! Maria

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  88. Count me in! I already have the H2H button on my side bar!

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  89. I live in England, but will happily make a lap quilt and probably donate here.

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  90. Will make quilt or two for Happy Chemo

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  91. Button is on my sidebar
    Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting
    http://saneandcrazy.blogspot.com/

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  92. I've been a follower for several years.

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  93. Please sign me up. I am new to your blog and love it. Have always wanted to quilt something for charity. karenlambert1@gmail.com

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  94. Signing up for the second year. I really want to try to make 2 this year.

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  95. Count me in again this year, Sarah!

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  96. Hi, I will make a quilt, I've put a button in my sidebar and posted a blog

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  97. Whoop! Whoop! I'm in for my second year!

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  98. I'm a follower. Your blog is fantastic, why wouldn't I follow?

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  99. By golly, this is something I can get behind! I'm a novice, but love piecing and think a kids twin-sized quilt is the perfect project for me! Because You Matter sounds like such a great cause! I'm in on this!

    susanmillerlindquist@gmail.com

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  100. I am here from http://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/2015/03/hands-2-help-quilt-challenge-sign-ups.html and would like to sign up!

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  101. I have added the button to my blog. http://lixiemakesit.blogspot.jp/

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  102. I have written a post which will appear tomorrow (thurs).
    http://lixiemakesit.blogspot.jp/

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  103. And lastly!...I follow on bloglovin. Well done for doing this.

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  104. I'll be making 2 quilts for Happy Chemo. I wasn't able to participate last year as I had just finished chemo and was truly wiped out. I feel great now and I'm rarin' to go. I'll put your button on my blog as soon as I can get it figured out.

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  105. I'm in. I've got 2 quilts so far and am excited about participating again.

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  106. I'm a follower and am off to write up a blog post and get the icon on my sidebar.

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  107. You can count me in for another year! intheclosetquilter(at)gmail(dot)com

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  108. Tanya Quilts in CO told me sign ups were open - please give her one of my entries if this doesn't quite count as a referral.

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  109. and I'm an old follower (though I am way behind on my blog reading)

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  110. Late in signing up, but sending two quilts this year to Canada and so blessed to be on the list of charities this year.
    Posted on both my blogs:
    Quiltingranny and Layers of Hope!

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  111. Hi Sarah -
    I am signing up to do 3 quilts.
    :-)

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  112. Hello Sarah. Finally finished my blog post about the project. Have had the button on my sidebar for a while. Looking forward to participating again this year. Joanne

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  113. Hello Sarah,
    My H2H blog post is up ...

    thanks again!

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  114. I've just published a post about Hands2Help and the button has been active for a few days now. I'm going to subscribe to your blog via email now in case I haven't already done it. ;- )

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  115. I have now blogged about the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge.

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  116. The Hands2Help icon is now on my sidebar.

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  118. Put me down for three quilts for Happy Chemo. I remember when my daughter went through chemo. It was a stressful time.

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  119. Count me in. I'll donate to Happy Chemo again.

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  120. I just added the button to my sidebar. Thanks for all your hard work. http://quiltkisses.blogspot.com/

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  121. Sarah I will be participating again this year. I'm a follower, I have the button on my sidebar, and posted about the challenge. http://saltmarshpath.blogspot.com/2015/03/hands-2-help-charity-challenge-2015.html
    You have so many comments, I thought it would be easier to post it all in one spot.

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  122. This sounds like a great challenge - I heard about it on Myra's Busy Hands Quilts blog. I've picked a few quilt patterns and am ready to go!

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  123. Forgot to mention that I added the button to my sidebar, AND blogged about it: http://quiltingwithjannette.blogspot.ca/2015/03/on-needles-fri-mar-20-2015-and-quilt.html

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  125. Hi Sarah! Sign me up for two quilts for Happy Chemo - I may squeeze in a third, but I don't want to over-commit. :)

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  126. Oh, and I'm blogging about it right now. I WISH I could get my new website finished and blog about it there, but I'm slow with technology so the old blog will have this post on it. Maybe once I go live I can move it over. :)

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  127. Sign me up for a quilt for Happy Chemo, please,
    Susan in Dublin

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  128. So glad to be a part of this great challenge again. I will make at least one quilt, probably for Happy Chemo, and maybe more.
    I have also posted your button on my blog.

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  129. Hi Sarah....count me in. This is year #3. I will be quilting for Happy Chemo again. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  130. I have the Hands 2 Help button on my side bar.

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  131. I am a follower, albeit a quiet one lately. Thanks for organizing Hands 2 Help. I appreciate all your hard work to make this such a great success!!! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  132. 2nd try to make it in for the signup giveaway. I would like to participate. My sis at Hilachas told me about this. Will add button to my blog. As well

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  133. Oops...my time shows 11:55 but posts an hour later😞

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  134. Hi Sarah! I've heard about your Hands2Help effort now from many blogging friends and even though I am late to sign up - I still want to! It doesn't matter anymore for the giveaway - but I put the button on my blog sidebar and will also talk about this in posts on my blog, just to get the word out more. And of course I am a follower!

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  135. This is an awesome idea. I'm sorry I didn't see it earlier as I won't have time to make one before the deadline. I will definitely be part of the challenge in 2016 though.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

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