Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hands2Help - The Big Finale!!

Hi, all!

Well, it's finally here - the end of the Hands2Help 2016 Charity Quilt Challenge!!!  This year has been amazing from start to finish - over 134 people began the Challenge, with 104 reaching the finish line.  Those 104 made 194 quilts for our three charities - Happy Chemo, Covered In Love, and the Yukon Women's Transition Home!  

You are all AMAZING!!!!!

I hope you realize how many lives you have impacted with your grace and generosity in making and donating these quilts.  People will be touched by them for years to come.  And you've made me speechless, and that's saying something!!!  So for lack of a better way to say it, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!


And now it's time for the fun part - the prizes!!!  Once again, thanks to so many wonderful people and companies, we have prizes for everyone who made a quilt for the Challenge....  So let's get started, shall we?

This year, InspiredLED donated TEN of their awesome sewing machine lighting kits!!  The winners are:  Julie Lambert, Sue Daurio, Kathleen Rountree, Kathy Decker, Sharon Tucker, Carolyn Bledsoe, Sue Brown, Staci Payne, Sheila Nichols, and Vicki Steffe.

Our friend Judi from Green Fairy Quilts has donating a $30 gift certificate for one lucky participant!  The winner is:  Veronika Burgess.

Craftsy is back again this year, donating five free classes!  The winners are:  Mary Schuberg, Liane Koehl, Julianne Keeler, Cindy Pieters, and Ursula Yeo.

Amy Smart, who blogs at Diary of a Quilter, has sent a great bundle of giveaway items.  Here are the items and winners:

The Fiona Quilt Block book - Kathy Parsons
Notions bundle - Sherry Vlcek
Fabric and thread bundle - Becky McNeely
3-pattern bundles - Jeanna Gorsuch, Sara Meidinger, Kristi Brockschmidt, Karen Green, and Joanna Perry
Jennifer Sampou pattern bundle - Jean Swenson

The folks over at Fat Quarter Shop are back again this year, offering three $25 gift certificates!  The winners are:  Eileen McLain, @quiltkisses, and Carol Egan.

Christina Cameli, from A Few Scraps, is donating a Craftsy class - her own Free Motion Quilting Essentials.  The winner is:  Liz Horgan

Kate Conklin is donating five sets of two of her wonderful quilt patterns, winner's choice!  The winners are:  Kathy Snider, Jan Ochterbeck, Joanne Harris, Denise Finucane, and Jannette Binder.

Fabricworm has come through with some of their beautiful Birch organic fabrics - four fat quarter bundles!  The winners are:  Cynthia Brunz, Joanne Hubbard, Cindy Burke, and Lara Buccella

Classic Metal Company has donated one of their amazing metal barn quilts!  The winner is:  Terri Johnson.

We have another new corporate sponsor this year - one I found on Instagram and just love!!  Stash Builder Box has donated one of their monthly quilting boxes full of fabric, patterns and fun.  The winner is:  Pat Evans

And thanks to Instagram, we have another first-time sponsor - 7 Acres Cleared Fabric Shop!  Jennifer donated a $25 gift certificate to her shop, and the winner is Julie Kennedy.

Missouri Star Quilt Company has donated several prizes this year!  
Missour Star goody bags - Valerie Reynolds, Danice Gentle, and Heide Dronchi
Mini Periwinkle Pattern & supplies - Ann Skelton

And our own Emily Bailey, who blogs over at Em's Scrap Bag and is the one who passes on the quilts made for Happy Chemo, has donated six sets of two of her own patterns in PDF format.  The winners are:  Irene Krall, Linda Miller, Beryl Redfield, Margaret Creek, Iris Fitzpatrick, and Sandra Walker.

And many of you not only give it forward with your quilts, but you also help encourage the people who participate in the Challenge by donating giveaway items!  (Quilters are THE BEST!!!)  So here's what your fellow participants have donated!

Sharon Vrooman, who blogs at Vroomans Quilts, donated these two beautiful jelly rolls!  The winner of the Cotton + Steel Berry jelly roll is Susan Reusser and the winner of the Dwellings Townhouse jelly roll is Sherry Wollard.

Lara Bucella, who blogs at BuzzinBumble, is donating a box of Clover WonderClips, and a copy of her upcoming book, Crafted Appliqué - New Possibilities!  The winner is Linda Swanekamp.

Terri Johnson, who blogs at QuiltNCards, donated a fat quarter bundle of beautiful fabrics!  The winner is:  Adele Dizney.

Sue Daurio, who blogs at Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures, is donating long arm quilting services - up to a queen size edge-to-edge pattern or a custom crib size quilt.  The winner is:  Lisa England.

Maria Johnson, who blogs over at Beezus Complex, is also donating long arm quilting services - $65 worth, an all-over pattern or semi-custom free motion quilting. The winner is:  Sandi James.

Joanne Hubbard, who blogs at Everyone Deserves a Quilt, is donating something everyone needs at one time or another - a coloring book and markers!  The winner is:  Irene Vigil.

Kathleen Gansert, a/k/a KatieQ, who blogs at Katie's Salt Marsh Path, has donated an Aspen Frost layer cake by Basic Grey for Moda.  The winner is:  Paulette Horn.

Carol Steely, who blogs at Fun Threads Designs, is donating two sets of six patterns each, winner's choice, and you can choose your patterns anytime between the end of the challenge and June 2017. The winners are:  Anja Clyke and Marti Dyer-Allison.

Karen Green, who blogs over at K's Quilting Korner, is once again donating two of her wonderful "goody bags" full of fabulous quilty goodness!  The winners are:  Sue Baker and Sharon Vrooman.

Selina Kidney, who blogs at Selina Quilts, is putting some quilt-y goodness in an envelope for one lucky participant!  Look at this fabulous mini-cutting board and squaring up tools - awesome!!  The winner is:  Cathy Labath.

And thanks to the generosity of Annie Toy, well known for Annie's Ruby Slipperz, and some very careful shopping, we've got some neat items to give away...

This is a classroom clutch, or purse organizer - whichever way you choose to use it, it is very useful!  Two zippered compartments, lots of pockets, and a large central pocket, plus handles!  The winners are:  Meredith Adolf, Amanda Ranck, Bernie Kringel, Rebecca Townsend, and Mina Kennison.

And this folding LED light is great for putting light just where you need it!  Its small compact size makes it perfect for almost any task.  The winners are:  Janine Huisjen, Melissa Garcia, Maria Johnson, and Katy Sweigart.

These great books are headed to new homes!  The winners are:

Quilting for Peace - Julie Stocker and Anita Stevens
M'Liss Rae Hawley's Scrappy Quilts - Maria Slayman
Quilting Party! - Kathleen Gansert
Crossroads - Loris Mills

And fabric!  These fat quarter bundles are headed far and wide - the winners are:  Mona Roberts, Ida Fenack, Ellen Crosbie, Becki Seay, Susan Smith, Myra Barnes, Laurie Kobeszko, Louise Horner, Rhonda Lawton, Janis Altomare, Sherry Book, Robert Koehl, Jamie Elbert, and Shannon Wagstaff.

And Irene Vigil, who blogs at Hilachas, is donating two cookbooks she herself wrote - because we all need new, easy recipes that leave us more time for quilting!  The winners are:  Carla Henton and Connee Mercado.

Sheila Nichols, who blogs over at Sew Cook & Travel has donated a copy of Simply Charming Minis for one lucky person!  The winner is:  Susan McAdams.

We've also got some great fabric prizes from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  Let's just call this person the Quilt Fairy!  Here's eight mini-bundles (1.75 yds each) of Moda Etchings by Three Sisters, and the winners are:  Pat Ferguson, Doris Miller, Charmaine Taylor, Susan Nixon, Selina Kidney, Barbara Hanaburgh, Joan DeSantis, and Susan Grancio.

Congratulations to you all!!!


Such a great array of prizes from so many generous folks!  Be sure to show all our sponsors some love - they really come through when I contact them about the Hands2Help Challenge every year!!  

I'll be contacting you each by email in the coming week about your prize - watch for it!  But be patient - there's a lot of you, and I have a bunch of nana duties this week and a trip to Virginia for my father-in-law's 85th birthday next weekend.  I hope to have everything done and maybe even in the mail before I leave, but only time will tell!

Thank you once again for coming through in such a huge way this year - my heart is overflowing with gratitude for this quilting community I'm proud to say I'm part of!!

Time to get back to quilting!!  See you next year!!




  1. Thanks so much, Sarah, for all of your hard work in organizing this amazing event. That is an impressive number of finishes.

  2. I've really enjoyed being a part of this charity challenge - so many talented & generous people. Thank you Sarah for organizing a wonderful event and WOW, those prizes/giveaways are just awesome!!

  3. Thank you again, Sarah. Your inspiration shows in all these beautiful quilts. Thank you to all the sponsors as well. This is a great effort.

  4. This is just fabulous!.. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Thank you to all the sponsors - wow, a 'gift' for everyone.

  5. Thanks so much Sarah for all you do for this event. And a big thanks to the sponsors too! What a great response from so many wonderful quilters.

  6. How fun to see all the prizes and read all the names of both sponsors and participants! Thank you again, Sarah, for being the head quilt honcho for Hands2Help. We couldn't have done it without you :)

  7. Thank you Sarah for all your organization of H2H and making it so successful. This is always fun for a good cause.

  8. Thank you for hosting another successful H2H Quilt Challenge year! So many beautiful quilts going to people that will appreciated their comfort and warmth. Couldn't have happened without you.

  9. Congrats to all, especially to the charities!

  10. Wow! Amazingly generous sponsors to match the hearts and talents of the quilters who worked on this project. Congrats to all of you!

  11. Wow! Thanks to everyone; the sponsors, the quilters, and especially to you, Sarah, for pulling it all together. This has been great fun.

  12. Wow! Thanks to everyone; the sponsors, the quilters, and especially to you, Sarah, for pulling it all together. This has been great fun.

  13. Thank you! It was my pleasure to make a quilt for such a worthy charity and I will be sure to participate next year. Thanks for organizing and making things so simple. So nice to win something too!

  14. What a happy post! It makes me really sorry I didn't participate. Next year will be the year that I do, I really hope. It's such a great community effort. Good for you!

  15. Whew! That is an incredibly impressive number of quilts made for Hands2Help! It warms your heart just to think of all those quilted hugs helping people through hard times! Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors and thank you to you Sarah, for doing so much work to put this all together for everyone! You make it sew much fun!

  16. Thank you! Can't wait to use my gift certificate.

  17. The sewers and quilters, generosity has no limits, and the sponsors, again so generous, and truly these quilts will be treasured always.

  18. Thank you Sarah for all your hard work in running Hands2Help. Thank you to all the sponsors. Now off to choose a Craftsy class. Thank you.

  19. I missed out on H2H this year, but hope to join in next time. What a wonderful outpouring and congrats to all of my bloggy friends who won prizes for their charitable efforts!! (Too many to list.)

  20. Thank you Sarah for doing this. These are my first charity quilts. I enjoyed and hoped to do again. Thanks again

  21. Thank you so much. I'm happy the challenge was so successful. I hope to join in again next time.

  22. HI Sarah, I'm testing to see if I can comment here from my far no success. Here goes.... :-)

    1. Hey it worked when I didn't use Chrome for my engine. Funny tech world...I can only post with pictures on my blog with Chrome but will use this other for reading I guess. Managing the cookies, etc. did not seem to make a difference.
      Hope you're celebrating happily with your family. =^.^=

  23. Great numbers this year!!! So exciting to see us all come together like this. THANK YOU Sarah for organizing this event for us. :)

  24. What a great finish to such fantastic causes. It warms my heart!

  25. Yeah to all the winners. Will you give the winners of my prizes my email so I can let them know how to get their prizes. Thanks for all you do!

  26. This was such a nice event. So heartwarming to see all of the donations made by this community. Thank you Sarah!

  27. A great amount of quilts, but you can add three more. I was unable to make the linkup but the final quilt will be finished and all mailed by June 3rd. Just wanted to let you know. They will all go to Happy Chemo unless you need them somewhere else. Great Job ladies and congratulations to all the prize winners. But I think we are all winners just being part of this.

  28. This has been a wonderful and very worthwhile project. Thank you so much to Sarah, Kat, Emily and Nita for all of your efforts in collecting and distributing the quilts, and to the sponsors for all the fun prizes. What an amazing thing can be done with everyone's input! I will definitely join this group again next year.

  29. Talk about a Whoop-Whoop. Congratulations to all of the participants on a job well done and many thanks to Sarah for getting us all involved in such a worthy event. These quilts will make such an impact on so many lives.

  30. That's quite a list of prizes. I'm excited that I won something. Thanks for organizing this. I'm sure it took a lot of work.

  31. What a list!! So excited that I won something. Thanks to that donated. Thanks Sarah for all you work and making it possible that all theses quilts got out.

  32. I have so many charms and mini-charms I could really use this book. Wow. Thanks.


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