"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."
Things are all falling into place for this year's Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge! I'm so excited to get this started!
This year we have two great charities to choose from. You will be signing up to make a quilt or quilts for one or both of two charitable causes.
Our first charity this year is an 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 nearly 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.
I accept quilts that are 45” square to 60”x 72”. Any style of quilt is accepted as cancer effects men and women, children and adults. Thank you for any help."
Quilts made for this project will be sent to Emily to help her meet her goal of 1500 quilts donated to Happy Chemo!
Another change this year, to allow more international participants - if you live outside the United States 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, Kiwis, and Canadians! And anyone else who wants to join in!
Here's the calendar for this year's Hands2Help Challenge:
Initial signups will be Sunday March 24th through Saturday, March 30th. 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.)
On Sunday, April 7th, 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! 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!
In the following weeks, we'll have some special posts and possibly some guest bloggers! (If you'd like to be a guest blogger, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!) More information on this as details become available....
Quilts should be completed by Sunday, June 2nd. There will be a linky party (June 2nd through June 8th) to link your finished quilt and show it off, and giveaways for people who link up their quilts. I'll have more information about the giveaways next week, but let me tell you, we've got some great sponsors this year! Winners will be announced on June 9th.
Quilts should be mailed to the appropriate place by Friday, June 14th.
Whew! That's a lot of information to digest - but the important thing to remember is that signups are next week! You can also start early by posting the Challenge button on your blog and/or doing a blogpost about the Challenge this week!
Woohoo!! Let's get started!!
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 the H2H 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 salliesue(at)clearwire(dot)net.
And now, some special mentions and thank-yous...
The quote at the top of the page was said by St. Augustine. I doubt he’s reading this, but I wanted to give him credit anyway!
The artwork that forms the back of the H2H button was created by Laura of Photography by Laura, who graciously gave us permission to use it for our button.