Wednesday, March 20, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Using Your Scraps for Good!

Hi, all!

I really missed doing a scrappy post on Wednesday last week, and I've got TONS of scrappy sewing that I've been doing, but today I want to challenge you with something special.


There is a group in New Zealand called Angels in Gumboots that has set a goal of making 100 quilts using these blocks to be given to the families of the victims of the horrible mass shooting in Christchurch this past weekend.

Angels in Gumboots are collecting 6.5" blocks with green hearts on a white background.  Currently they have all the info in a Facebook post on their page (click here to be taken to that post) but this is the pattern they are using for these blocks:


I know that's tiny, but if you will click on the picture and save it to your drive, you should be able to print it out on a full page.  This is such an easy block, I made six of them in about an hour, including scouting for fabric, cutting and sewing them.  


A few scraps of white fabric, some 5" green squares, and you could make some too!  (There are some print/color combo restrictions, so please check out the info from Angels in Gumboots before making any.)  It's a great way to bust down some of your scraps and do good at the same time.

And as of the time I am writing this, an Instagram friend, @sewing_is_my_therapy (who lives in Arizona) is collecting blocks from the US to send to New Zealand, if you don't want to incur the international postage.  It would be nice if you threw in a buck or two to help her with the postage, but she's not asking for anything to help out.  Message her directly on Instagram (follow her first so she'll get your message!) and ask her for her mailing address.

I hope you'll join me in trying to bring some comfort to a grieving country.  It's wonderful to see people from all over the world working together on a project like this!  Kind of gives you all the feels, as my daughter would say.

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, March 18, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - Back to Business As Usual!

Hi, all!

Well, last week was an interesting change of pace!  If you didn't catch them, I invited guest bloggers to highlight each of this year's five Hands2Help charities, one each day of last week.  Which meant that I didn't have a Make-A-List Monday post last week.  So let's take a look at how my list from two weeks ago went, then I'll show you what I did last week...

1.  Finish quilting the customer quilt (without mistakes this time!)
Done, thankfully!  And with no further problems!


2.  Keep working on the vintage quilt repair job.
Done!  Well, at least, still in progress.  It's going to be a slow job, because there's a lot of repair needed, but it is a fun one!

3.  Start preparing next week's blog posts for Hands2Help.
Done!  And there was a lot of great feedback - people liked learning more about the charities!

4.  Keep working on the mindless sewing project.
Done!  I couldn't locate a finished pic of my own top, but here's a pic of the wall full of more blocks we made at church on our monthly sewing day!


5.  Bind four ministry quilts.
Done!  And I even remembered to take a picture!


6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
We gave away quite a few this week...


This quilt went to a woman whose mother passed away this week...


...and this one went to a woman in hospice care.

Another woman died unexpectedly this week, and we provided several quilts to family members...


This quilt went to her 4 year old granddaughter...


This quilt went to her daughter...


...and this quilt went to the woman's mother.


This quilt went to a church member's new grandbaby...


And this quilt went to a young woman in our community just diagnosed with leukemia.


This beauty went to a woman who just had surgery for breast cancer. 


And finally, this quilt went to a woman who lost her adult child to a brain tumor recently.

In addition to all of that, I also said that I was hoping to PLAY - and PLAY I did!  I had been wanting to make a solids version of the On-Line quilt, and I made a 36" square version that will be donated to Jack's Basket once it's finished.


But wait, that's not all....


I finished my Long Time Gone quilt!  Don't worry, I'll be sharing more about this, probably on Friday - I've taken lots and LOTS of pictures!

And then....


And then I finished my Gypsy Wife top!  It may be a little while before I can get this one on the frame, but I love that it's all put together.  And I love it!  

OK, so that's enough about last week.  Here's my plan for this week...

1.  Finish a ministry quilt for a special request.

2.  Make heart blocks for the drive for the Christchurch victims (more about this on Wednesday's blogpost.)

3.  Work on the vintage quilt.

4.  Quilt the solids On-Line quilt.

5.  H2H administrative stuff - lots of emails!

6.  Sort out H2H prizes.

7.  Taxes. (UGH)

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.

I also got a new toy last week - a tiny little camera, like a Go Pro (but cheaper!) and I need to learn how to use it so I can start doing video tutorials!  So I think I will spend some time playing with it, too.

So now, the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?

Hugs!

Sarah

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hands2Help 2019 - The Sign-up Winners, and Answers to Some FAQs!

Hi, all!

Oh my gosh, you guys rock!!!  As of the time I'm writing this post, 228 people have already signed up for the Challenge!!!  That is AMAZING!  Now, if you're just now seeing this, it's not too late to sign up, and there's still lots of giveaway goodies to be had at the end of the Challenge - so in the theory of "better late than never", hop over here, read about the Challenge, then if it appeals to you, sign up and join in the fun!

For those of you who have already signed up, as promised, we have prizes for two of you...




...so without any further waiting, let's pick a winner!  I've enlisted Little Miss Random to help out...


...and the winners are Karrin Hurd and Kim Pace!


Congratulations, you two!  I'll get your packages out in the mail to you this week!!

Many, many thanks to all of you who helped promote the Challenge - spreading the word has definitely contributed to the record number of people who have already signed up!  Let's keep spreading the word on social media by using the hashtags #h2h2019 and/or #hands2help2019 and also by tagging your quilt with the charity you will be sending it to - @jacksbasket, #quiltyhugs, #mercyfulquilts, #carolinahurricanequiltproject or #victoriaquiltscanada.  I'd appreciate it if you'd tag me too (@fabricaddictquilts) so I don't miss any of your posts!

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And now, I thought I'd answer some Frequently Asked Questions!  It seems like every year we get the same batch of questions so this seemed like a natural fit.  Of course, you should never hesitate to ask a question if you have one, as I learn more with each one!  So here goes!

This looks like fun - but I'm not experienced (or good) enough to make a quilt...
Honestly - what better way to get experience than to make charity quilts?  There is no greater joy in the world than to see the look on someone's face when they receive a quilt of their very own - and I can testify that they aren't looking at the quality of the piecing or quilting, but they are looking at the love and warmth contained in that quilt.  Don't pass up a chance for that feeling by downplaying your skills!  And since practice makes perfect, the more quilts you make, the better you get....



I don't have a blog of my own.  Can I still participate?
Absolutely!  The only time you need a way to link up is for the progress check-ins (4/14 and 5/5) and the final link-up on 5/19, and that can be done from Instagram or Flickr.  If you're not on either of those social media platforms, you can email me pictures of your quilts and I will link them up for you!  So see, no excuses!

What size quilts are needed?
I try to find charities each year that request a variety of sizes, so that there's a little bit of something for everyone.  This year, you can find the specific requests on the Hands2Help 2019 page at the top of my blog, listed under each charity's information.  



I like to piece tops, but don't quilt. Is there anything for me?
This year, we are featuring a charity that is requesting tops ONLY - Victoria's Quilts Canada.  They are looking for 50" x 70" quilt tops made of 100% cotton.  The postage to Canada is a bit more than in the US, but tops weigh less and think of what you're saving on backing, binding and batting!

Can I donate more than one quilt, or to more than one charity?
Oh my, yes!  The more the merrier!  Many of our participants over the years have chosen to donate one quilt to each of the charities, or multiple quilts to just one.  It's completely up to you!  We keep track of the number of quilts donated (just for fun) so be sure to list a total count of the number you donated in the final link-up post on May 19th.



Does the quilt have to be made by just one person, or can a group make and send a quilt?
I think this is such a fun way to make a quilt - with friends!  In 2017, Staci over at The Confused Quilter did a "cross-country" bee quilt with some of her quilting buddies and donated their creation to International Institute St. Louis.  You can read more about it here.  And say, you like to piece but can't quilt - pair up with a friend to complete a quilt!  Julie from Pink Doxies did a guest post in 2016 about working with friends to make quilts for the Challenge that's well worth reading - she also talks about challenging yourself even if you don't think your work is "good enough" for charity quilting.  

I'm ready to mail my quilts. Where do I find the addresses for the charities?
Due to privacy reasons, I don't post the addresses on the blog.  I will be sending them out in a group email in the next week or so - as soon as I get all the email addresses into the computer - but because it is a large group, your email provider may bump the email into the spam folder.  Be sure to check your spam folder for my email address (salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com) and mark it as "not spam" so you receive any emails I send!  And you can always request the addresses at any time, directly from me at that address.



I love that other H2H participants are donating prizes for the event. How can I help?
We have always been blessed by H2H participants who want to help give all our participants a small "thank you" for joining in.  And it's been wonderful that because of those folks and our generous corporate sponsors, we've been able to give a little "thank you" to each of the participants every year since the first year!  If you want to help out too, you can email me at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com.  After all, happy mail is the best, right?

I know about a great small charity - would you consider them for an upcoming H2H Challenge?
Absolutely!  I'm always looking for lesser-known charities, both to help them collect more quilts, and to give them some publicity so that more people become aware of them.  It also inspires others to start their own charity quilting groups, which is a GOOD thing!!  We usually have two to three (or five!) charities each year to choose from, so it's helpful to have assistance locating those that are in need of what we can offer.  Just email me with your recommendation and any contact info you have!



Can I donate locally?  
Yes!  I get this question frequently, for various reasons. Some folks can't afford the postage to mail quilts, but still want to participate.  Others know of a great need in their local area, or have a very specific charity they want to support.  The biggest idea behind Hands2Help is the "help" part - using our skills to benefit others!  Of course, I love it if we can use those skills to benefit this year's charities, but if you need or prefer to donate locally, that's fine.

I don't quilt - but really want to help.  Is there any way I can join in and help out?
This year we have a unique opportunity in working with Jack's Basket.  This is a group that collects items to go in "welcome" baskets for babies born with Down syndrome, including newborn toys/rattles, burp cloths, small board books, newborn pacifiers, handmade booties, hats and blankets, and other similar items.  Their website has more information on what they need.  And if you're already sending quilts and want to add in some other needed items, I'm sure they won't object!  



Can I take my quilt donation off my taxes?
If the charity you are donating to is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation in the US, then you can request a charitable donation letter from them for tax purposes.  This year, Jack's Basket fits that description.  The letter will simply state that you made a non-cash donation to their non-profit.  It will be up to you to assign a value to that donation for tax purposes.  You should enclose a note with your quilt requesting a tax letter and providing (very legibly) your name and mailing address.  A self-addressed stamped envelope would probably win you brownie points!

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I think I've hit on the most commonly asked questions from the past years, but if you've got another one, list it in the comments and I'll add it to the list and answer it there!  

I'm so excited about this year's Challenge - and I have a feeling you all are too!  I've already had some people requesting the mailing addresses for the charities (but don't let that put you off - many folks start their quilts right after the previous year's Challenge ends!)   Be sure to check in next Sunday to share and read tips, tutorials and tasty things, and the following Sunday to see the great array of giveaways for this year's Challenge - there's some wonderful things that have been donated, and I'm finding out about more all the time!

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, March 15, 2019

Hands2Help - Learn More About the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project

Hi, all!

Well, Friday has come, and today we will learn more about our final Hands2Help 2019 charity.  Already this week, we've been educated about Jack's Basket, Mercyful Quilts, Victoria Quilts Canada, and Quilty Hugs.  Today, Carole will be sharing with us about the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, a massive undertaking that she is coordinating.   Let's see what she has to say!

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Thank you Sarah, for allowing this project to be a part of Hands2Help.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to reach more quilters.  The scope of the need is immense, so let me tell you about our efforts.



On September 12, 2018, Hurricane Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast bringing 100+ miles per hour winds and historic rainfall causing catastrophic flooding that lasted for days.  Florence moved inland and stalled for three days, continuing to dump rain on the disaster area of up to 30 inches.  Three days after that, on the 18th, the Cape Fear river crested at 62 feet above flood stage, contributing to more rising water downstream in already flooded areas.  It took weeks for the flooded areas to recede.  Then just about the time that things were finally drying out, on October 10, a second hurricane, Michael, made it to the NC coast, devastating those same areas again with water and wind damage, massive power outages and more destruction.  The latest reports are that over 4500 homes have been totally destroyed and more than 700,000 homes have sustained damage mainly by flooding.  Much of the damage is in areas where people had no flood insurance.



The Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project was born from the reports of all the damage, and a desire to do something meaningful for my home state.  The project is focusing on larger size quilts because each household can only receive one.  The need is so great that I fear most of the households will not get a quilt at all.  So, if you already have a completed new oversized throw you want to donate, please do.  But if you are making one new specifically for this project, please go for a larger size of twin, full or queen.

Quilts Donated at Cary Quilting Co

I know it is difficult to quilt the larger sizes for some, so I have arranged some help, in the hope that you will choose this charity event to help.  If you are working on a bed size quilt top that you cannot finish, I am compiling a list of longarm quilters all over the United States willing to quilt, bind and ship finished quilts to Wilmington.  Quilters willing to provide sewn tops in any design, twin size or larger and a backing 8-inches longer and wider will be matched with a longarm quilter.  Longarm quilters need to be willing to provide batting, quilting and binding, then ship to Wilmington.  Donations of money are accepted to assist with batting and shipping costs, as many longarmers are doing multiple quilts.  See my page Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project on my blog for forms, shipping addresses, drop off points for North Carolina residents, and more details.

Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Whether you are making a quilt specifically for this drive, or you have one finished and sitting on a shelf in your home, all quilts welcome, in any design, quilted or tied, preferably twin size or larger up to king.  Partnering with the Catholic Charities organization for distribution ensures our quilts get to the people who need them most.   Do you have a bed size quilt just sitting in a closet that you could part with for someone who lost everything?  Can you help with the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project?


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As a Carolina girl myself, this one tugs at my heartstrings.  My summers growing up were spent all over the state of North Carolina, visiting the coastal areas with my grandparents from their home in central NC, and visiting the mountains with my parents.  It is a place with such natural beauty, it hurt my heart to see all the damage from these two hurricanes.  But I can only imagine the devastation of those most personally affected by the storm's ravages.  I hope those of you who feel similarly will consider making a quilt or top for this worthy project!

And if you want to know how to sign up for this year's Challenge, go to this post - the sign-up is about halfway down the post!  We've already got a massive number of people signed up - about fifty more than last year this time (WOW!!!) but there's plenty of room for more!

Hugs!

Sarah

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hands2Help - Learn More About Quilty Hugs!

Hi, all!

I hope you're enjoying the change of pace this week as much as I am!  I have been fascinated to learn more about each of this year's Hands2Help charities. So far we've heard from Jack's Basket, Mercyful Quilts, and Victoria Quilts Canada.  Today, it's Emily's turn to tell us about her charity, Quilty Hugs!  Emily has been a part of the Challenge from the beginning, first as a participant and then additionally as one of our charities.  But she's got a lot to share - so let's give her a listen!

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I can't tell you how grateful I am every year to Sarah and all the quilters of H2H.  Because of all of you, Quilty Hugs is able to comfort so many more battling cancer.  Sarah has given me the opportunity to tell you a little about Quilty Hugs. 


Quilty Hugs, like so many things in my life, fell into place miraculously.  I had filled out a survey at the Utah Quilt Guild Annual Meeting.  On the survey they had asked for ideas on charities the guild could help.  Because of events in my life that had landed me in the infusion lab, and consequently led me to meet the amazing Ginger.  I put down her charity, Happy Chemo.  I thought nothing more of it.  Fast forward a few months, and I got a call from the guild president.  She was interested in helping Happy Chemo and would I be willing to be in charge?  Well, I couldn't very well say no.  And I figured it was just for a year.  When my year was up, I couldn't believe how many quilts had been donated.  So much comfort given.  I just couldn't stop. 


So though the Utah Quilt Guild would pick a new charity for the new year,  I continued to collect quilts for Ginger and Happy Chemo.  I collected scraps and started sew-ins.  Sarah found out about what I was doing through my blog and offered her help though H2H.  Now just over a decade later Quilty Hugs is still giving comfort to those battling cancer.  


A few years back Ginger's cancer came back with a vengeance.  She had to let a few things go while she fought her battle.  With her many connections, she was able to help me find new homes for the Quilty Hugs that were then coming in through H2H. 

My front porch during H2H

Now Quilty Hugs get loaded up and are delivered to three primary places.  All children's quilts go to Primary Children's

  

Others go to the Rack Pack, where they are put in bags with other heart felt gifts and given to women battling breast cancer.



The rest head up to Huntsmen Cancer Foundation where they are freely handed out to patients.  Sadly, the demand is more than I can meet on my own.  So I am so grateful to all of you who help me.  Quilty Hugs are throw size quilts for men, women and children.  Sadly cancer does not discriminate who it ravishes.  These quilts are so appreciated.  Tears are often shed as they are received.  Thank you notes poor in.  If I'm able, I pass those on to the person who made the quilt.  A label on your quilt really helps with this, but is not necessary.  Thanks in advance for all those who give so generously.  Your time and talents are appreciated and make such a difference.

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When I first started following Emily's blog, she had a thermometer in the side-bar showing how many quilts had been donated through her to (what was then) Happy Chemo.  It has been my great honor and privilege to help her reach her goal, which I think is to give everyone possible a quilty hug!  Quilty Hugs has been a perennial favorite with this group, as it seems everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer.  I know I can count on you to continue supporting Emily's mission!

And if you want to know how to sign up for this year's Challenge, go to this post - the sign-up is about halfway down the post!  We've already got 188 people signed up (WOW!!!) but there's plenty of room for more!

Hugs!

Sarah

PS  Happy Pi Day!  What's your favorite?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hand2Help - Learn More About Victoria Quilts Canada!

Hi, all!

Welcome to the third day of the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2019!  This week, we are highlighting each of the five charities chosen for this year.  Monday was Jack's Basket, Tuesday was Mercyful Quilts, and today, our guest blogger is Linda Miller, who will be sharing with us about Victoria Quilts Canada.  This charity is unique in that it is the only one based in Canada.  Let's hear from Linda now, and learn more about this charity!

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Hello everyone,
When I was 8 years old, my mother passed from breast cancer.  Her passing changed our family’s life forever.  Since then my sister, brother-in-law and many other friends and family have been diagnosed with cancer.  Some have been successful in their treatment, but others have not.  My mission is to look for ways to bring a measure of comfort to those diagnosed with cancer and one way is through the giving if a quilt through Victoria Quilts Canada.  Even though I am a quilter, I have requested quilts for several individuals and I know how much appreciated they are and the comfort that they bring.
Today I am sharing the ministry of Victoria Quilts Canada https://www.victoriasquiltscanada.comVictoria's Quilts Canada is a non-profit charitable organization, committed to providing comfort, both spiritually and physically, to individuals diagnosed with cancer.VQC was established by Betty Giffin of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in October,1999. She invited a small group of friends to discuss the possibility getting together to make quilts to donate to people living with cancer in Canada.   In their first year, VQC distributed 16 quilts.  While the group started slowly, the idea gained interest and, now, 20 years later, there are over 1,300 volunteers in 24 community branches across Canada. The quilts provided are made by individual quilters who work independently or in groups similar to the quilting bees of times past. Since 1999, they have now delivered by the end of January, 2019, 69230 quilts making and distributing about 600 quilts per month.  In January, 2019, 637 quilts were distributed.  
A Victoria quilt is made with 100% cotton, batting that is either 100% cotton OR a blend of 80% natural fibre (cotton, silk, bamboo) with no more than 20% synthetic (polyester) and a flannel back.  there are made in to three sizes:  adult: approximately 50” x 70”;  youth: approximately 40” x 60”;   child: approximately 30” x 50”.  Adult tops are the most requested and needed. Individuals are encouraged to make and donate the tops and the branch buys the batting and flannel – especially the batting.  There are individuals that quilt the tops, bind and make a bag for delivery.
Quilts can be requested online at their website.  There is no cost.  I do know that they appreciated donation for which a receipt is provided.  I often donate to a local chapter so they can buy batting and pay for anything else they need.  Even though I am a quilter, I have requested quilts for several individuals and I know how much appreciated they are and the comfort that they bring.
So, this year, again, I encourage any who are interested to send quilt tops, 50” x 70”.  Last year, with your help on a very hot summer day in August, in Stratford, Ontario, I was able to deliver 30 tops that were donated by H2H 2018 quilters.  Thank you so much for your support.  Now it is 2019 and I hope you will once again join me in piecing tops, 50” x 70”.  Even if they are not the exact size, that’s okay as tops can be added on to.
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As founder Betty Giffin continues to say, "With the help of our volunteers, the community and blessings from above, we will continue to provide comfort, both physical and spiritual, to those struggling with cancer, and we will continue to grow until the day that cancer is no longer with us." I pray that day comes soon!

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Thanks, Linda, for sharing more about this great charity with us.  I'm sure many of us have been touched by cancer, either personally or through family and friends - can you find the time to make a top for this worthy charity?  It's a great way to touch the lives of others in a meaningful way.

I'm so glad Victoria Quilts Canada only wants tops - that takes it much easier to send things to them, despite the postage rates to Canada!  I've probably got a top or two that I could send off right now.  Must go look!

And if you want to know how to sign up for this year's Challenge, go to this post - the sign-up is about halfway down the post!  We've already got 162 people signed up (WOW!!!) but there's plenty of room for more!

Hugs!

Sarah

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hands2Help - Learn More About Mercyful Quilts!

Hi, all!

As you've probably already figured out, this week is a little different here on the blog!  Because it's signup week for Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2019, we are changing things up, and giving our five charities a chance to be in the spotlight. Yesterday the focus was on Jack's Basket, and today we will be hearing from Bernie Kringel about her charity, Mercyful Quilts.  So without any further blathering from me, here's Bernie!

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Bernie and I blog over at Needle & Foot.  If you haven’t come across my blog or fabric shop  I would love to invite you to pop over and take a look.  Let’s get to know each other!!

I am thrilled to be the host of one of the organizations that will be a recipient of some of the wonderful quilts made during Sarah’s Hands2Help event for 2019.  This event has been such an amazing show of kindness and generosity each year. I am always very touched by the amount of work that Sarah puts into it. Each year our quilting community rises to the occasion making so many gorgeous quilts to bring comfort to people who need an extra hug as they go through a difficult time in life.



I would love to introduce my project to all of you.  Mercyful Quilts are donated to Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, California. Mercy Hospital has a large, specialized Oncology Center and Cardiac Center as well as their Surgical ICU unit. As such, they regularly support patients who are in the process of dying. When a patient is going through the dying process, the hospital staff works diligently to provide support to both the patient and family. One way they provide personal support is to offer a handmade quilt to the family of the dying patient.  When they choose one, they can wrap their loved one in it as they say goodbye to each other.  After the loved one dies, the family keeps the quilt as a remembrance of the family member.

The team that comes into contact most with these patients and their families is the Palliative Care team. I had the opportunity to talk with one of the nurses who supports this team. She explained they have Comfort Carts which are used by their Palliative Care team.  Two doctors, a nurse, a social worker and a chaplain make up this team.  

Palliative care is defined by the World Health Organization as follows:

  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
  • intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
  • integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
  • offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
  • offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counseling, if indicated.

The Palliative Care team at Mercy Hospital are the people who decide what sorts of items would be most helpful to the families and keep the comfort carts full.  These carts might contain religious items such as spiritual reading material in a variety of denominations and rosaries, flameless candles, CD players with music, scented lotions, pamphlets and information on the dying process, Mercyful quilts and some pillowcases.  They also have hand casting kits available as some families want to make one to take home with them.  The team works with the family and patient to provide kindness, comfort and support to make the dying process as peaceful as possible.



I am filled with admiration for the philosophy held by the Palliative Care team at Mercy. It is surely a difficult role to work in but so important.  These families are often exhausted, bewildered, grieving and in need of emotional support. This team makes sure to wrap them up literally and figuratively with warmth and support.


I have asked the team if there are special requirements to be considered when making Mercyful Quilts. For the most part, they are grateful for anything made for Mercy’s families. Lap size quilts are requested.  Sizes should be approximately 60” to 70” in length and width so anything close to that is great.  Quilts can be backed with cotton, flannel or minky.  This hospital serves adults only.  Quilts made for Mercy should be appropriate for adults as far as themes or novelty fabrics used. 

She also asked that if possible, we make some quilts with colors or fabrics which appeal to men.  Also, if possible, it would be great to have provide patriotic quilts which would be meaningful to veterans of our country. Quilts of Valor are a special way to honor our veterans. 

Please do not feel you have to be an expert quilter to do something like this.  A beautiful patchwork with some charm squares (5” precut squares) is an easy quilt to make and will be loved and appreciated by the recipient. Would you like to donate a quilt to this group?  If so, I am happy to facilitate that for you!

The Merriam-Webster definition of Mercy includes 'compassionate care of those in distress'. So many of us have provided quilts for compassionate reasons, to help those in need or distress.  I passionately support this program at Mercy Hospital. If you feel called to support Mercy Hospital, know that your quilt will bring support, love and comfort to a family in a time when it is most needed.  Do you have a quilt top that is not yet intended for anyone?  Might you finish it up and mail it off?  Are you planning to make one or two quilts for Hands2Help this year?  Please consider donating one to Mercy Hospital. The team at Mercy Hospital estimates they use about eight quilts each month.  That is a lot of quilts!  So far, since I started Mercyful Quilts last fall, there have been about 40 beautiful quilts donated. I am hoping this event will provide even more quilts to this wonderful cause.  

If you choose to make a Mercyful Quilt, you will actually mail the quilt to me. (Sarah will provide the address to you in a private email). I will bring them to Mercy Hospital.  I provide the name and address of the quilter to the team.  Letters of receipt are sent to the makers.  I don’t know if these can be used for tax purposes so you would need to contact your accountant for guidance.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about the Mercyful Quilts Drive.  Whichever organization you choose to make a quilt for this year is fortunate to be the recipient of your kindness and creativity.

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Thanks, Bernie, for sharing more about Mercyful Quilts with us.  This is such a loving way to provide comfort to a grieving family, and I know that many of this year's participants may feel a connection with this charity.  Listen to that still, small voice in your head, grab some wonderful fabrics or scraps, and work on some comfort!

And if you want to know how to sign up for this year's Challenge, go to this post - the sign-up is about halfway down the post!  We've already got 162 people signed up (WOW!!!) but there's plenty of room for more!

Hugs!

Sarah