Tuesday, July 23, 2013

15 Minute Challenge - Worthy Causes

I've taken a rare day off work and let myself sleep in this morning, so the 15 minute challenge post is a bit late today.  I tried to write the post last night, but I've been a bit short on shut eye time the last week or so.  All that kept showing up the screen was "mmmmmm"  and "chhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"  because I'd nod off while trying to type.  Hopefully, I'm a bit more lucid this morning, but don't count on it.  I'm still working on my first cup of coffee.  

Drama Teen and I weren't feeling too well the latter part of the week (we're thinking bad tacos), so my effort to sneak in 15 minutes of sewing every night wasn't very successful.  

I did manage to get in one more day this week than last week for a total of 4 days.  Now all the blocks for Mon Ami are made and squared up, so they are all ready to sew together.  Hopefully that means I'll get at least one more quilt finished this year.  Mon Ami is supposed to be a Quilt of Valor.  I've not donated a quilt since Drama Teen was in 4th grade (about 5 years ago), so I'm past due. This month's fostering creativity theme is to get involved with a good cause.  Most of July's posts have been about the benefits of donating a quilt to a good cause, so this week it's time to list some of those good causes:

Some of the best known include:  
     Quilts of Valor (or if you want to deal with a quilter involved
              with this cause try Alycia Quilts)
     Project Linus
     Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
       Threading Hope - Works directly with non-profits and     
              foundations to provide quilts to families all over the wold.  

Plus there may be local charities that are looking for donations of quilts.  Those include police departments, hospitals, social services.  Your local guilds are probably a good way to find out about those.  Searching the web, you can find people collecting quilts in times of need, such as after the Joplin and Moore tornadoes, the Texas fertilizer plant fire, etc.  Katie Blakesley over at Swim Bike Quilt is doing a "100 quilts for Kids" drive that started July 1st and goes till the end of September.  

After I finish Mon Ami, I'm thinking about making a quilt for Project Linus.  I have some juvenile novelty prints from when Drama Teen was little that she would cringe at now.  Making a quilt or two from them would be a good way to lighten up the stash.  

What have you been up to this week?  


thea said...

i too am taking a day off today (taking my husband and father to the airport). Hope to get some sewing in when I get back. Thanks for the names of places to donate quilts.

Shay said...

I know a lot of quilt guilds and groups that donate to specific charities. I think it's a wonderful idea . I think a quilt can really help people who are going through unfortunate circumstances.

make.share.give said...

Only one day of sewing this week, and I messed up on it. Note to self: measure. It will be re-done today :)

seabreezequilts said...

Food poisoning is the worse, hope you are feeling better now. I have donated a few quilts mainly to bushfire causes I also give my unwanted fabric to a woman who uses it to make blankets and mats for a dog shelter which is handy when I need to clear out the stash of uglies.