Sunday, March 11, 2018

It's Time - Hands2Help Begins! And There's 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!


2018 represents the eighth year of the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  We've had an amazing seven 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
2015:  67 quilters made 147 quilts
2016:  104 quilters made 194 quilts
2017:  125 quilters made 267 quilts

With last year's quilts, we passed the 1000 quilt mark!  I can’t wait to see what the eighth year of the Challenge has in store - so let’s begin!

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This year we have several great charities to choose from!  No matter what size quilt you like to make, I'm sure you'll find a perfect fit (or more!)  Here's some info about this year's charities...


Charity #1 - Little Lambs Foundation for Kids

Little Lambs Foundation for Kids is a non profit 501(c)3 Organization operating out of Utah which provides comfort kits to children ages newborn to 17 years old who are transitioning into foster care, emergency shelter or who have been hospitalized, by providing them with a little comfort in a bag.

Most children are removed from their home with nothing but the clothes on their backs and if they are able to take anything with them, they carry their precious belonging in a black trash bag.  Can you even imagine?  Little Lambs provides a backpack full of much needed hygiene and comfort items that can provide these children with something they can call their own, give them dignity and show them that their community loves them. 

The wonderful people who run this organization have given me the following information about their needs:  

"Baby to throw size quilts that will fit in a backpack would work perfectly.  We are a 501(c)3 so we would be happy to send charitable tax recipients.  So far this year we have delivered over 1300 new backpacks filled with items of necessities and comfort so any help you can assist with would be incredible to help warm the hearts of these little ones going through such traumatic situations."

Charity #2 - Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo!


Once again, Emily of Em's Scrap Bag will be collecting quilts to be donated to people undergoing chemotherapy.  This has been a favorite charity for the Challenge participants since the second year, and a whole lot of love and comfort has gone to them in the form of quilts over the past six years.  Quilty Hugs gives quilts to cancer patients through the Rack Pack, Primary Children's Hospital, and various chemo labs.  They are given to the patient for their own personal use.  Emily accepts quilts of all sizes, from 48" square to twin size (approximately 65" x 88").
  


Charity #3 - Victoria's Quilts Canada

One of last year's H2H participants, Linda Miller, has volunteered to be a collection point for quilt tops for Victoria's Quilts Canada.  Here's a little bit about their organization:

This mission of Victoria's Quilts Canada is to provide handmade quilts to people living with cancer in Canada.  By providing these quilts, we hope to bring physical comfort to those dealing with cancer, as well as spiritual comfort in knowing they are not alone in their struggle.

Donations for this charity will be a little bit different, so take careful note:  quilt TOPS only, measuring 50" x 70", made of 100% cotton.  Linda is located in Canada, so this charity will be particularly convenient for our Canadian participants, and if anyone elsewhere chooses to participate, the postage will be significantly reduced as opposed to mailing a completed quilt.



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With several great 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 charities, feel free to make more than one quilt!  Just think how many wonderful designs you can try.... ;-)

And to encourage more international participants, if you live outside North America and want to participate, 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!  

Ready to sign up?  Fill in the form below (place your cursor in the box below, scroll down to see all the fields to enter, then click SUBMIT) and you'll be all set!


Initial signups will be this week, Sunday March 11th through noon on Saturday, March 17th.  And there's a giveaway for those of you who sign up before Saturday, March 17th!  


Look at those beautiful blues!  This is a roll-up from Northcutt Fabrics, 10 gorgeous blue fat quarters.  Think of the quilt you could make with this!  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!  Just leave a comment below to let me know if you did any of the additional entry items.  (You can sign up after this time, but this is the period to sign up to be part of the signup giveaway. And if you signed up before March 11th, you'll be entered in the signup giveaway too!)

Next Sunday, March 18th, we'll announce the winner of the signup giveaway.  I'll also share answers to some frequently asked questions about the Challenge!

On Sunday, March 25th, there will be a linky party where you can post links to your favorite on-line tutorials, tips or recipes!  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/instant pot meal!  You don't have to write the tutorial, instead you can link up to another blogger's tutorial.  If you love it, someone else might too!

Sunday, April 1st, 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 8th, April 15th, April 22ndApril 29thMay 6th, and May 13th 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 15th and May 6th.

Quilts should be completed by the week beginning Sunday, May 20th.  There will be a linky party (May 20th through May 25th) 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 May 27th.

Quilts should be mailed to the appropriate charity by Friday, June 1st.

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!

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49 comments:

  1. Sarah, so glad I couldn't sleep tonight. Saw your post and signed up. I have a couple of Bee Hive quilts to donate and will be making a few others.

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  2. Signed up, but I will be donating locally due to the huge need in our own community.

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    1. Great idea - I know you all have had a rough winter!

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  3. I may be crazy (debatable), but haven't I already signed up this year?

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  4. I just signed up and will be trying to do two this year - good job you do here Sarah I was actually going to start my quilts last month but was too busy, now things are clearing up and time will be made to get the job done!

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  5. I'm looking forward to participating in H2H again this year. I just completed a quilt top that I will be finishing up to donate. Thanks for organizing!

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  6. I think I signed up before the official sign up period but signed up again anyway. And I have a button on my blog sidebar.

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  7. Yay! Great start! I have signed in and posted the button on my blog. I'll be making a post and share about it this week so I'll comment again when I do that. I already have my 16 patches ready to go for another quilt design. Thank you for hosting!

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  8. I have added the button to my blog sidebar. www.busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com

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  9. Yay, H2H2018 is underway! I actually signed up several weeks ago. And today I blogged about it and added your button to my sidebar. Thanks for making it so simple to do that!

    I've already started piecing a top for Little Lambs, and have plans for Happy Chemo as well. Heck, I might even do some shipping to Canada this year. It's so fun to learn about new charities, and it makes my heart happy to know how many good people are out there helping others :)

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  10. Those are great charities. Looking forward to participating again this year.

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  11. Well, once again you have got me moving :-) and I've posted on my blog with a link for readers to find out about this year's events. Yay! You are a motivator!

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  12. Hi Sarah, I signed up last week - I've added the button to my blog sidebar...and I just blogged about H2H today...woohoo! (artisticsharon1216.wordpress.com) I plan to use my Stoplight scrappy top and a few others I've got sitting around waiting to be finished!!

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  13. I'm in and already have one quilt ready to go! This is such a wonderful project and I'm proud to participate in it. Thanks for organizing it.

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  14. Signed up, side bar button added, post written, ready to play in the scrappy bins:)

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  15. I am signed up, and have the button on my blog sidebar. So glad to help again this year.

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  16. Signed up. Have 2 quilts finished. Heading out on my first quilt retreat a week from Monday and already have plans for the top for Canada to be done while I'm there.

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  17. Looks like a worthy investment of time and material and I will look forward to following the progress!

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  18. Thank you for hosting this Sarah! Most of my quilts go to charity...it just means so much to me to be able to 'spread the love'!

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  20. Yay! It's my favorite event starting up. I do have the button up - for a long time now, and I did blog about the event today. I hope lots of new quilters sign up.
    Hugs

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  21. Okay, I'm ready to try this again. I have signed up today, Sarah, for the second year in a row. I'm thrilled that you are doing it again and I'm hoping to make two quilts this year. I made one last year and received the sweetest note from the Happy Hugs people! Definitely going to get one to them and I'll try another if I get enough time.
    We're on the road from mid-April to mid-May so I'm going to start right off and hope to get the two done.
    Thanks for running this wonderful challenge again.
    Marsha
    quilterinmotion@gmail.com

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  22. Spreading the word! https://new2quilting.blogspot.com/2018/03/its-h2h-time.html

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  23. I'm in for at least one! I'm tempted to send more since you have great charities again.

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  24. I've begun a new chapter in my life and need to reach out with quilts. Thanks for letting me join in.

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  25. I've signed up 😊. It's my first year, would love to donate locally, any advice would be great, I'm in the UK. Have reposted on my IG page

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  26. I'm in again. Love that you coordinate this effort every year!!

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  27. I've signed up again this year, my 3rd year with you. I will be sending something to Little Lambs. I have added your button to my sidebar.

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  28. I'm so excited to be a part of this!! I have always wanted to do charity quilts but it took me a few years to get the experience under my belt to have the confidence to do it. Now, I'm ALL IN!! So happy to join all you other wonderful gals!!

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  29. I'm raring to go! I've put your button on my sidebar and wrote a blog post about hands to help.
    https://q-nonnie.blogspot.com/2018/03/looking-back-and-looking-forward-87.html

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  30. Yipppeee!! All signed up and put your button on my sidebar.

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    1. I included a blog shout out during our Tuesday Archives this week too!! YEAH!! Hopefully we'll break another record this year. Thanks for organinizing this every year Sarah. :)

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  31. Very excited.. I've signed up with my Aussie address... xx

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  32. The blog button is up on my blog!

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  33. So happy to be a part. I'm a member of a blanket ministry here in the Orlando area. I plan to check out what other ministries are happening around here too. I'm particularly interested in Little Lambs.
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

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  34. Thanks for all you do for charities. I've decided you must be a clone of the Energizer bunny -- you are a go go go person who gets so much done! I've signed up and I've had your button on my blog page for a while. Is Em's address in the US? I'm hoping to do more than 1 quilt this year, but it won't be a twin size quilt that's for sure!

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  35. Signed up, added a blog post and added the challenge to my sidebar! Thanks for the push to finish a few UFO's to donate to worthy causes.

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  36. I look forward to this every year. Thanks so much for hosting such a great event. I looked at my blog and saw that my last post was from May of last year when I posted about the donated H2H quilts. LOL. It has been a busy year with me moving to a new city, buying a home and starting a new job. I am looking forward to making a few quilts for this. Hugs!!!

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  37. I'm so excited about joining the challenge. I blogged about it AND put your button on my sidebar. I'm ready to baste my first quilt for the Little Lambs!

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  38. This year I’m making a scrap quilt, since this is “the year of the scraps” for me. I’m determined to reduce my scraps.

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  39. I'm excited to join this year! I have my quilt pattern and fabric colors all picked out. I was able to put the button on my side bar. Now to get to sewing!

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  40. I put the button on my blog sidebar.

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  41. Awesome! I will donate one quilt to Victoria's Closet and will finish at least one or two more to donate to my local guild's comfort quilt collection which goes to the pediatric sexual assault unit.

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  42. I am very excited to be part of your Challenge for 2018. I will be donating to Little Lamb. I posted about it on my blog, plus shared your post on Facebook with my local Guild and Church group. Let the sewing begin....

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  43. I am late to the party, but would like to participate this year. I’m planning on donating to Little Lambs and Quilty Hugs. Thank you for all that you do!

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