As a lot of you know, I never really keep any of the quilts that I make. I never really have a "purpose" for my quilts when I make them, other than the satisfaction of having made them! The only quilts that have had a real purpose were my Masterpiece, for my sister and my CLC, which is the only quilt I made planning to keep it for myself.
I have no reason to keep all of the quilts that I make. Why would I need all of those quilts? Sometimes they go to family and friends as gifts. Most often they get donated. I have donated to Project Linus, Newborns In Need, Quilts of Valor and local churches. The people that receive those quilts need them much more than I ever could. It makes me happy enough just to make them.
Not only does quilting make me happy, but making other people happy and helping people also makes me happy. So really, this is a win/win situation. I was going to wait until July to write this entry, but there's no time like the present, right?
So here is my personal charity challenge for the next year (I was going to do it all before Christmas but without the use of my sewing room anymore, that could be pretty bad!):
I am going to donate at least one quilt and care package, or my quilting services to each of these charities.
Warm Hearts, Warm Babies
Quilts For Kids
Wrap Them In Love
Newborns In Need
Demostic Violence Services
For Every Child
American Hero Quilts
Now, there are other donations to be made, of handmade items that are *not* quilts that I will be donating to. These sites are:
Dress A Girl Around The World
A couple of days ago I was scrolling through my blog feed and Anna Maria Horner's latest blog had a pretty colorful image next to it. Then I read the title and couldn't help but clicky wicky on over to see what it was all about. I read her blog and was left scratching my head... wondering how those quilt tops would get finished. I emailed the contact address and almost immediately (seriously, I'm talking like, 5 minutes here!) I got an email back from Anna Maria herself saying that she was going to add a mention of longarm quilting services. Usually when you donate your services to a cause like this, you also donate your supplies. As in batting. And I'm completely okay with that (otherwise I wouldn't volunteer right?). However, Anna Maria informed me that Hobbs Bonded Fibers will be donating as much batting as will be needed to finish each and every quilt. AMAZING!!!
Do you have a charity that you like to donate quilts to? If so, send me an email or leave a link in the comments section and I just may add your favorite charity to my list of donations. I'm working on hand sewing the backside of the binding to another of my donation quilts... NOW!
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world is immortal.