Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hands2Help - Results and Winners!!!

Hi, all!

Here we are at the end of this year's Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  And I am so excited to report this year's results - - - after having a record number of people sign up, we ended up with 125 people who finished quilts, and a grand total of 267 quilts made for charity!   

Do you all understand just how many lives you are touching with those quilts?  Not just the people who receive them, but their family members, their friends, the doctors and nurses who see them use those quilts - all will be touched in some way by the heartfelt gesture you have made with each of your quilts.  You've made my heart sing a symphony, too - I love hearing from each of you and knowing that it has touched your hearts too.  Thank you for making this year's Challenge such a success!!

And now for the good part!  Thanks to our many generous sponsors, I feel a little like Oprah....

...because there are prizes for EVERYONE!  Be sure to keep our sponsors in mind when you are doing your quilt-y shopping this year - they are generous to a fault and it makes me happy that everyone gets a little "thank you" for their efforts!!

So let's get to it - here's the list of prizes and winners!

Free Spirit Fabrics has joined us as a new sponsor this year, and look at all the beautiful precuts they have provided!  There will be many happy H2Hers when this is divided up!!

Two Kaffe Fassett charm packs, warm colors - Patricia E.
Two Kaffe Fassett charm packs, warm colors - Beverly S.
Two Kaffe Fassett charm packs, cool colors - Carolyn B.
Two Kaffe Fassett charm packs, cool colors - Lisa S.
Two Kaffe Fassett charm packs, shot cottons - Jean W.
Two Kaffe Fassett charm packs, shot cottons - Karen M.
Two Kaffe Fassett charm packs, shot cottons - Staci P.
Two Intermix charm packs by Erin Morris - Ida F.
Two Intermix charm packs by Erin Morris - Jodi M.
Two Intermix charm packs by Erin Morris - Pamela E.
Isabelle Design Roll by Dena Fishbein - Lynette C.
Hello Love Design Roll by Heather Bailey - Charmaine T.
Cali Mod Design Roll by Joel Dewberry - Suzanne C.
Kaffe Fassett Spring 2016 Cool Classics 6" Design Strip Roll - Anita J.
Kaffe Fassett Spring 2016 Warm Classics 10" Charm Pack - Jamie E.

This year, InspiredLED has is back again, and is donating TEN of their awesome sewing machine lighting kits!!  I have these on both my domestic machine and my long arm machine and they are mah-ve-lous, darling!!!  They also have other great LED lighting and the best prices I've seen around - you should check out their site!  

Winners of the sewing machine lighting kits:

Bonnie S.
Beth T.
Selina K.
Carole C.
Kate S.
Joanne H.
Mari H.
Darlene H.
Barbara H.
Maria S.

Amy Smart, who blogs at Diary of a Quilter, has sent a huge bundle of giveaway items.  Amy's blog is always a delight to me - she makes such pretty quilts (and photographs them well, too!)

Mug Rug Kit and other goodies - Cindy B.
Two Olive's Flower Market charm packs - Diane P.
The Jolly Bar Book, Vol. 1 and a Jolly Bar of Sundrops by Corey Yoder - Sherry B.
Fabulous Fast Quilts by Amy Smart (book) - Charlotta N.
An Apple a Day by The Quilted Fish (book) - Sue B.
For Keeps by Amy Gibson (book) - Anita S.
Soft & Cozy Keepsakes by Margo Yang (book) - Linda D.
Simply Fat Quarters (book) - Kathleen R.
Two bright Fat Quarter bundles - Joan D.
Pattern bundle - Cindy P.
Pattern bundle - Liz H.
Pattern bundle - Kathy S.
Pattern bundle - Laura V.
Pattern bundle - Marsha H.
Pattern Bundle - Wilma S.

The folks over at Fat Quarter Shop are back again this year, offering two $25 gift certificates!  Have you been to Fat Quarter Shop?  They have a great selection of fabrics, and they feature wonderful tutorials for easy quilts using pre-cuts.  Lots of fun things going on there!

Winners of the gift certificates:

Tina J.
Mary D.

Christina Cameli, from A Few Scraps, is donating her own book, Step-By-Step Free Motion Quilting, and a copy of The Quilting Manual.  

Step-by-Step Free Motion Quilting (book) - Julie L.
The Quilting Manual (book) - Ilana J.

Christa Watson, who blogs over at Christa Quilts, is donating two of her PDF quilt patterns.  Yes, before she was an author, she designed patterns (some of which I had the honor and pleasure of testing for her!) and they are fabulous!

Winner of Christa's 2 PDF patterns - Pam P.

Annie Toy, well known for Annie's Ruby Slipperz, is donating some quilt-y goodies and books!  She's a long-time champion of the Challenge and I'm so grateful for her support!!

Wanderlust Quilts by Amanda Leins (book) - Joanne H.
Wanderlust Quilts by Amanda Leins (book) - Sharon P.
Quilt Talk by Sam Hunter (book) - Sandra W.
Quilt Talk by Sam Hunter (book) - Shruti V.
A Month of Sundays by Cheryl Arkison (book) - Moira M.
A Month of Sundays by Cheryl Arkison (book) - Kristi B.
Quilted Celebrations by Amanda Murphy (book) - Lisa E.
Quilted Celebrations by Amanda Murphy (book) - Carol E.
Fast, Fun & Gifty (book) - Karen G.
Fast, Fun & Gifty (book) - Nita C.
Fast, Fun & Gifty (book) - Susan R.

Fabricworm has come through with some of their beautiful Birch organic fabrics - four fat quarter bundles!  I've seen these fabrics personally - they are so soft and gorgeous - and I'm already jealous of the people who will take these home!!

Winners of the Fabricworm bundles:

Susan M.
Linda M.
Marian S.
Maxine S.

Stash Builder Box provides a monthly quilting box full of fabric, patterns and fun, and for every box they sell, they take a portion of their own stash and turn it into charity quilts to give to children in need through various organizations.  A great cause, and a great way to build up your own stash for a very reasonable cost!  They are celebrating their first anniversary this month, too!  You can also find her on Instagram as @stashbuilderbox - show her some love, H2Hers!!!  Amanda has signed up to provide three of her monthly boxes as prizes - awesome!!!

Winners of one Stash Builder Box:
Myra B.
Karen G.
Beth R.

You may be most familiar with Classic Metal Company as the creators of those fabulous metal barn quilts - but Mark has been branching out, and this year he is donating four sets of these beautiful coasters as prizes for Hands2Help!  Be sure to check out his website to see all the beautiful things he creates just for quilters!!

Winners of the coaster sets:
Linda S.
Julie K.
Carla H..
Loris M.

You know I've talked about how much I love my Hera marker - and Clover is donating Hera markers and some of their other fabulous notions for some of our participants!

Winners of notions bundles:
Ann S.
Barbara H.
Irene V.
Anja C.
Pat P.
Debbie H.
Doris M.
Amanda R.
Denise F.
Joanna P.
Paulette H.
Duffy M.
Ursula Y.
Tonia C.
Cynthia B.
Juli M.
Mina K.
Meredith A.
Kathy D.
Louise H.
Jeanna G.

If you're anything like me, you're already familiar with The Warm Company, creator of Warm & Natural batting.  The Warm Company has sent us a quilt batt to be given away to one lucky H2Her!

The Winner of the quilt batt is:  Erica T.

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!

Winner:  Lisa H.

Winner:  Shannon W.

Sharon Vrooman, who blogs at Vroomans Quilts, is donating these two beautiful fat quarter bundles of Good Neighbors fabric!  Sharon is an amazing scrap quilter - if you've never visited her blog before, you really should - you WILL be inspired!!

Winner:  Lisa H.

Lara Bucella, who blogs at BuzzinBumble, a copy of her  book, Crafted Appliqué - New Possibilities!  I have read her book and LOVE the technique she uses for appliqué - definitely new and a perfect solution for a lot of the problems people have with appliqué!

Winner of Terri's FQ bundle:  Sarah S.

Terri Johnson, who blogs at QuiltNCards, is donating a bundle of five fat quarters in bright, lovely colors!!  Terri does the most amazing paper piecing - you should see some of her creations!

Winner:  Jenifer F.

Joanne Hubbard, who blogs at Everyone Deserves a Quilt, noticed how many precuts we've received as prizes, so she thought that a book about using precuts would be useful - so she's donating a copy of "I Love Precut Quilts" for one lucky winner!

Winner:  Heide D.

Kathleen Gansert, a/k/a KatieQ, who blogs at Katie's Salt Marsh Path, will be bringing us some goodies, too!  How about eight fat quarters of Arizona by April Rhodes?  Awesome!!  Such gorgeous fabrics - I love that southwest vibe...

Winner:  Mona R.

Selina K., who blogs at Selina Quilts, has found a great prize to donate - an OttLite!  These things are awesome - just great for adding a little extra light just where you need it...

Susan McAdams is donating a $20 gift certificate to Intrepid Thread... ooh I sense a shopping spree coming on!  The winner is Joyce M.

Norece E. is donating these four V & Co. books, each one paired with a matching spool of thread and fat quarter!  These books are so much fun - I have all of them and they are chock full of great ideas and lessons about color.  

The winners of the V&Co. books are:
Jennifer M.
Susan S.
Adele D.
Barbara N.

Winner:  Neena B.

Winner:  Marsha P.

She's also got a Let's Twist book with large and small twister templates for a lucky winner, and a Primitive Gatherings wool pin-keep kit for another!

Myra at Busy Hands Quilts is donating two of her PDF patterns...
And the winner is Margaret C.!

Karen Goad at Quilts...Etc. is providing a fun flannel fat quarter bundle for one lucky winner... The winner is Marilyn H.!

Amanda Ranck has donated some pretties, too!

Cotton + Steel FQ Bundle - Susan N.
Two Hello Darling charm packs - Sharon Tucker
Two Meadowbloom charm packs - Pam S.

We've also got some great prizes - fabric, books, notions, and other quilt-y goodness - from some donors who wish to remain anonymous.  We'll call them the Quilt Fairies, I think!  Here's just a few of those fabulous prizes...

Winner:  Sherry V.

A set of Connecting Threads Essentials...

Winner:  Val R.

A fat quarter bundle of From Bump to Baby by Gina Martin...

The four winners are:  Sara M., Jeanine C., Vicki S., and Janis A.

Four winners will receive a Kona Printed Color Chart fabric panel, all 303 colors on a 24x44 panel by Robert Kaufman...

Winner:  Sharon V.

Frivol Tin #4, Moda Windermere by Brenda Riddle...

Winner:  Cathy L.

An Owl Pillow Kit - Who, What and Where by Sewing Sue in Yosemite Park Flannels...

Winners:  Kim A., Pat C., Sue B., and Beryl R.

And four 12-fat quarter bundles of fabrics (The Owl and The Pussycat) from some favorite designers!

Winner:  Danice G.

BasiX X-Blocks Template from Amy Smart and 
a Graph Paper Design journal from one of our fairies!

Winner:  Jan O.

A Classic Metal Company LED Table Light!

Three winners:  Tanya F., Debbie B., and Terri J.

Three Fons & Porter design walls!

And I'm going to tuck these cute little mini charms from Kate Spain into the packages I mail out, just for fun!

Whew!  I think I've got everyone listed, but if you made a quilt and don't see your name, just let me know!  I'll be getting the packages out in the mail hopefully this week, and also notifying the folks who will be mailing their items directly with e-mail and mailing addresses for the winners, so they can contact you directly if needed.


Once again, thank you so so so much for participating in Hands2Help 2017!  This is truly a joint effort, and I couldn't do it without each and every one of you.  I hope you'll be back next year when we do it all over again!!




  1. Wow! You are amazingly organized. I want to be like you when I grow up. :-) Thanks so much for doing all this.

  2. Sarah, you have done such a wonderful job on the again this year. It is always a treat to work on the H2H quilts. Gifts in return are just so generous of your sponsors and quilters. I had my eye on that Kate Spain, Early Bird!!!!

  3. Thank you to all the wonderful quilters who made this an over-the-top year. A big thank you to all of the sponsors and a super HUGE thank you to you for such dedication to this challenge.

  4. Sarah, this is so heart warming to see how many quilts were made, and all those amazing sponsors. I am so sure the winners will be tremendously happy with their mail when it arrives, and I am sure every person who receives a quilt will be so thankful and happy too. What a lot of behind the " blog post" work you have done, and today we read it and can be so thankful so many have contributed.Happy greetings from NZ.

  5. I am amazed at how many Quilts were made! It has been great to be involved in something that might make a difference in someone's life. I didn't expect to receive a prize but am already trying to think of a way to use it for an H2H quilt for next year. Thank you so much for doing ALL the hard work on this project!

  6. Sarah, you are my hero. I am amazed at your organizational skill.

    What a great result...both in quilts and quilt makers.

    If you are up to doing it again next year I will be there.

    Thank you, the sponsors, the quilters, and the charities for everything.

  7. Wow, awesome!! Thanks so much for all the coordination, work, help, and fabulous prizes! You're the bomb!

  8. Woo hoo! Winners, winners, LOTS of chicken dinners! I'm happy I won notions to help me sew in the motion of the ocean :)

    Thank you so much for the Herculean effort it takes to run this amazing challenge, Sarah. We couldn't do it without your inspiring, cheerful leadership!

  9. What a workout for you to figure this all out! Thank you Sponsors for all these amazing gifts encouraging our craft and our own giving. And Sarah, you are just amazing! Thank You for all the inspiration and effort you put forth to help us all find ways to comfort others while we enjoy our quilting. You are a blessing to us and to hundreds more as the quilts go out.
    I will enjoy these quilty coasters.
    What an amazing event this has become!

  10. Thank you, Sarah, for your enormous effort in organizing Hands2Help! And thank you to all your wonderful sponsors. I will enjoy the LED light.

  11. wow! wonderful turnout for this event. thanks for organizing and thanks to all the sponsors!

  12. That is really amazing! Thank you so much, because I know that was a lot of work, and now the mailing will be even more work. I look forward to receiving my fat quarters, but I would say don't stress about the mailing. It took us a lot of time to make the quilts, and you can certainly take some time to do all that work. Thank you for being willing, because I know that adds a huge dimension of work onto what you are already doing for the challenge. And all those quilts! Raises the bar high for next year!

  13. P. S. Thanks to all the sponsors who have jumped on board, and especially those who don't want any recognition for their support.

  14. This is just incredible! Thank you to all tge sponsors and donors! This challenge is the best!!!

  15. Wow! Amazing amount of quilts and the Sponsors are so generous. Your herculean effort to organize all this is so much appreciated :-). I look forward to my prize but there's no rush. Thanks again!!!

  16. Wow, looks like you had a prize (gift, more like it) for everyone! You deserve a vacation after all the effort to round these up and get them sent out. Well done!

  17. Wow, that's an incredible response from all you quilters out there, I'm truly honored to be a part of this challenge! When I work in my little basement sewing to my heart's desire, I don't realize just the impact one little quilt can make until I see the fruit of everyone's labor like this. Thanks to all the donors and most of all to you, Sarah, for all the work behind the scenes to make this happen. I don't do it for the prize, but it's fun to get a quilty surprise in the mail! I look forward to H2H all year long; it's a great feeling that my quilts are in the hands of others, comforting and giving warmth beyond my imagination. It makes me smile!

  18. Sarah, you have done an admirable job coordinating all the H2H participants and then to get so many donor for prizes...enough for's amazing. Making a quilt for others is something I enjoy doing and I was thrilled to be part of your project. Definitely in for 2018 H2H.

  19. What an incredible, successful H2H challenge this year! Thanks to the donors and to everyone who makes it happen, and especially to you, Sarah. Wonderful!

  20. What a fun Hands2Help Quilt Challenge this has been again this year. Love all of the tutorials and seeing the quilts others have donated. And hats off to you for coordinating this amazing list of prizes!

  21. Wow! Wow! Wow! That is generosity to the Nth Power!!! And, in so many directions! What an amazing program! :-)

  22. To all the many winners, congratulations! And to you, Sarah! are just AWESOME!!! There are a BUH-zillion hours of work behind the scenes that you put in to make this wonderful "merry-go-ground" work. You deserve a big round of applause for all your hard work too!! =D =D =D

  23. Congratulations to all of the winners and to all of the quilters who did so much to help this year.

  24. Congrats to all the winners! What a list, Thank you to all the donated.

  25. A huge thank you to you for organizing H2H, so many quilts giving much needed cuddling to so many people. Thank you to all the sponsors.

  26. What a great job you have done, thank you for a chance to be part of this. I want to thanks the sponsors new and returning ones for their generosity and taking part in this. Congratulations to everyone as well. Hope to see everyone next year and a bring a friend.

  27. Thank you for hosting once again. Such a great cause. You have some awesome and generous sponsors to be able to provide a prize to everyone who participated. I need to start planning now for next year. LOL

  28. Wow, how nice, and thank you so much, to you and your sponsors. What an enormous amount of work for you, though. And, who pays to mail out all those prizes? That's going to add up to a lot of money in postage! My quilt will be getting in the mail on Tuesday or Wednesday.

  29. What's to say? I love being able to take part in this and am grateful for the chance to help. You're the best, Sarah. Thanks to all of the donors.

  30. Thank you for all your efforts in putting this together. It feels great to be able to donate a quilt but then get a prize on top of that is icing on the cake.

  31. Wow! All those quilts--WONDERFUL!! I'm literally tearing up thinking about all the many busy hands and hearts creating all those quilts. So blessed to be part of this. Can't imagine the hours you have devoted to Hands2Help--Thank you so very much!

  32. I'm so proud to donate to this cause. (Thinking I should start a new quilt right now for next year.) Thanks you for doing all the paperwork, etc. You are an inspiration, Sarah. Keep up the good work.

  33. Thank you so very much Sarah! So very much work you put into this, and for charities above and beyond the 3 that you feature. My two quilts (I got the 2nd one done yesterday) will go to the Sexual Assault Centre, for a child, and the other to the Syrian Refugees via an imam who is collecting necessary basic household items for these people.

  34. Fantastic for Everyone! Thank you for your commitment to the project as well!

  35. Thanks for all the work you put into this event! You are an angel :)

  36. Thank you so much Sarah for organizing this event. I can't wait to be back next year

  37. Sarah!! Thank you *So Much* for all the work you have done! This is a super fabulous event, and I'm so glad I could participate. :)


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