I’ve had a hard time sitting down to write this post because there is just so much to say. I was amazed, over and over this past week, at the depths of people’s hearts. Seriously. This has been a great opportunity for me to really see how good people are. I think sometimes I get so caught up in the the mean, or insensitive, or cruel things some people do, that I forget that most people have really, really good hearts.At one point, I counted more than 75 people there working on quilts. (I have lots of pictures of the actual event, but due to the nature of quilting, each picture has a less than flattering view of someone’s backside–and I’m sure they don’t want it out there for the world to see…) My final head count was 96 volunteers throughout the day–and that’s just who signed in. I am so grateful for everyone who spread the word–via Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and email. Our local news station even picked it up and helped tell people. (Thanks Channel 4!)It definitely took a lot of help to pull this off, and the help is still needed. (More on that later) First, a big huge thank you to everyone who came and helped tie. I literally couldn’t have done it without you. 3 or 4 quilts this weekend maybe. Not more than 40.Second, thank you thank you to those who donated–whether it was fabric, batting, cookies, money for shipping, yarn–you made this possible.Also, a grateful thank you to Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop (who donated this beauty for quilts).She has one of the kindest hearts, and was one of the first to respond to my asking for donations. (And if you even need fabric, or patterns, of ANY kind, just go to her site and buy it. You won’t be sorry. Seriously.)Alli at Robert Kaufman Fabrics was also quick to respond with more beautiful fabric. To all of you, thank you doesn’t seem sufficient, but it is so, so, sincere.
Here are the stats:
I can finish up the ones that are nearly done…but I’m going to need help with those 19 kits. Many hands make light work, and all that. SO, if you’re willing to finish up a quilt or two, I’d be much obliged. Unfortunately, I can’t ship the materials out to anyone, so hopefully I have enough volunteers around here to help me finish.
For those of you who asked how these are getting to Japan, I will be donating them through Quilter’s Newsletter’s call for quilts. That way, I can ship them to Colorado instead of Japan, and they will ship them to Japan.
If we can get this all done, that’s more than 70 people who will sleep a little warmer.
This has seriously been an amazing event. Please, please comment and let me know if you’re able to take a kit and finish it.We’re hoping to ship the first batch today or tomorrow, and the rest in about 2 weeks.
Completely floored by the response to my quilts for Japan post.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Stay tuned for the amazing stats in the next few days.
(And if you’ve emailed or commented in the last few days and haven’t received a response, I’ll get to you, I promise! I’ve gotten a lot of email lately about this event, and I’m still working on it. Thanks for being patient! xoxo)
There’s not much to explain, really. There are people who need help, and warmth. I know how to help that.
Saturday, March 19th
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1075 W 1100 N (church building)
Come tie quilts to be donated to Japan. If you have twin or larger sheets, batting, or yarn you can donate, bring those as well.
Cookies provided. :)
Anyone who comes to help for at least an hour, or who donates materials will be entered to win a prize.
Please, if you’re in the Utah valley area, consider coming to help, if you’re not in the area, please donate as you are able to whatever relief effort you can.
Comment with any questions. Pass the word along to anyone who is willing to help.
Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
There’s just something about seeing those pretty little fat quarters all stacked up in color order. Good for the soul, and all that.
Another thing that’s good for the soul?
And of course, while we’re talking about fabrics, here’s some I haven’t found a worthy enough project to cut into yet.
I’m a sucker for Hope Valley. It’s getting to be increasingly more expensive to feed my addiction, seeing as it’s out of print.
Another good thing? Prairie Grass Patterns is being featured over at Simply Utah today, and I think you may just be able to find a one day special discount code…but you’ll have to go check it out for yourself. I’ll tell you though, if you’ve been wanting to pick up a few (or all *wink wink*) of my patterns, today is definitely the day to do it.
And now for one bad thing. Broken nice camera. Battery dead on point and shoot. Ya’ll are getting iPhone pix. Sorry friends. It’s not very fun for me either.
I guess I’ll just have to go rearrange some fat quarters.
I’ve been quilting up a storm over here, getting ready for my first appearance this spring at International Quilt Market. Lucky for me, it is being held nearly in my backyard—Salt Lake City–only 40 minutes from my home. I’m so excited and so nervous as I’m making my preparations. Since I’ve never been to market before, there’s the fear of the unknown, of course, along with the “What did I get myself into?” feelings, too.
I’m really excited to meet with the shop owners and show them my patterns–but at heart I’m a pretty quiet, introverted person. It’s going to be a stretch for me to socialize for several days straight. Hopefully, I’ll get caught up in the incredible energy there has to be when that many people passionate about something are in the same room, and just fly right past the nerves. That’s what I’m crossing my fingers for.
I’m really interested in your opinions, though. If you have ever attended market, what booths did you love and why? What display styles were effective for you as a shop owner, to really show you if a pattern would work for your shop? Are there incentives that would motivate you to order right there on the spot? If you’re not a shop owner, but went to a show expecting to buy a quilt pattern or two, what would help you choose which to purchase? What would you expect to see, hear, experience?
Thanks for helping a girl out.
I found out this weekend that a dear friend of our family’s had a terrible tragedy last week. Her house burned down. To the ground. They have nothing left. Not only did she lose her home, she lost her beloved pets, and her business. She is a midwife and herbalist. All her product, all her specialized equipment, gone. Even the phone numbers to contact her clients.
My heart is heavy for this incredible woman and her sweet mother. And though I ache to make it all better, of course I can’t. There is nothing I can do to replace what’s lost, to mend their broken hearts, to heal their injuries, to rebuild their lives. Even though I want to, desperately.
I’m a fixer. I like to see a problem and do something about it. And now when there’s nothing to do, I feel a little unanchored.
They are currently staying in a long term hotel, and trying to take stock of everything they don’t have anymore. Their conversations keep reminding them of something else they don’t have. Just yesterday while talking to my mom, our sweet friend realized all her personal pictures were gone. The mourning process began again.
I know I’m being a little bit of a downer on a holiday, but what better way to show love than by helping someone in need? I plan on sending care packages and other comforts, but I’m still feeling like it’s not enough.
What can I do for this family? How can I help? What would comfort you in this situation? Your thoughts are much appreciated.