charity quilts for about five years. I wanted to give back and this is one way I can give back. I first started with an online group called Charlotte's Garden. We made quilts for serious ill children and adults. They had Caringbridge sites so you could keep up with their progress. They knew someone was making them a quilt and we tried to made the quilt with fabrics they might like. I added prayer ties to each quilt.
Warm Wishes from Quiltmaker magazine. Warm Wishes goes together very quickly when you need a quilt. The unfortunate thing is the online group is no longer active. I still make prayer quilts but mostly for my friends and family.
Then I found Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I make quilts for her Hands2Help projects.
I have made some QOV quilts.
As I continue to read blogs I heard of Phoenix Quilts. Phoenix Quilts are giving people quilts who have lost their homes due to fires. There have been almost 1000 homes destroyed by fires. They are touching many who is going through a terrible time and I wanted to help. Please go to Phoenix Quilts and see how you can help.
I also make Beads of Courage Bags for children's hospital. These bags are for children going through cancer treatment. Each bead they receive tell a story of strength, honor and hope. This is another charity group who could use lots of help. The first 10 bags I gave were given to the children the day I gave them.
I pray for each receiver as I sew. Sometimes I know their name and sometime I don't. I also pray my gifts bring them joy, warmth, love, and comfort.
As you know we can never sew enough quilts and bead bags for all the needs there are.
I found this quote a long time ago and I hope this what my quilty hugs bring to the receiver.
"If I could catch a rainbow
I would do it just for you
And share with you it's beauty
on the days your feeling blue."