You could win great prizes if you give! Also, please tweet, Facebook or generally spread the word in any way you can today! Let’s raise as much as we can for this great organization!! Women and children in Eastern Congo need our help.Please give $10 if you can, or $500 if you can! Thank you!
The Action Kivu Fundraiser is now over but Action Kivu ALWAYS needs your help. Please give on their website!
And like that, another year has come and gone and it’s time for the 4th annual Action Kivu fundraiser! Today is the FINAL
first day of the fundraiser, held here on my blog, through this week. The fundraiser will end, and the giveaways will close, on Monday the 19th of August at 11:59 pm, Pacific time.
For those of you who are new to my blog, here’s the lowdown: there are lots of great giveaways involved in this fundraiser and together we do a lot of good!
If you read my blog, you know about Action Kivu, but for those of you who don’t know, Action Kivu is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school and supports other programs for women that provide them ways to support themselves and their families. The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands. These are horrible statistics but together, year after year now, we have made a difference for some specific women and children. Here we are, year four of this fundraiser and the conflict in Eastern Congo is still happening. But that’s all the more reason for us to really do all we can this year. Please give all that you can!
Another way you can help is to please tweet, post on Facebook & Instagram or blog about the fundraiser – help us get the word out!
Part of what’s great about this fundraiser is that we know exactly where this money goes. Action Kivu is run by my twin sister and a good friend. They have been to Congo and have met many of the specific women and children who are helped by this fundraiser. The more money we raise, the more we help!
Last year we raised an amazing $17,500! This year we’re shooting for $20,000 and together we can get there!! The American staff of Action Kivu is 100% volunteer, so all of your donations, minus nominal banking fees, go directly to the work on the ground, empowering and educating the women and children of eastern Congo.
See that thermometer on my side bar? (click through if you’re seeing this in a reader) Let’s get it movin’ up and up and up! This online sewing world is so giving! Let’s pool that generous nature that is in all of us and make a real difference in the lives of some women and children who sincerely need our help. Please give today!
So here’s how it works:
In order to be entered to win a giveaway, all that you have to do is give the amount assigned to that prize. Can’t decide which giveaway you want to be in the running for? You can enter more than one! Just donate the dollar amount associated with a prize and you’ve got a chance to win it. However, you can only enter each giveaway once.
Ok – let’s get to the prizes!
Added Prize on Thursday the 15th!
If you give any amount please comment over at Jacquie’s blog and you’ll be entered to win a copy of her great book!
Added Prizes on Friday the 16th!
Give $25 or more and be sure to comment over on Ashley’s blog and to be entered to win a selection of out of print Heather Ross fabrics (pieces from her Mendocino, Lightning Bugs and/or West Hill lines)!
Donate $15 and be entered to win three quilting books! My two books, Block Party and Modern Minimal and a great collaborative book I’m proud to be in called We Love Color.
I’d designed this one in Illustrator a couple of weeks ago. It was very quick to sew up once I got started.
The only step that’s a bit more difficult is squaring up the bias piecing.
But I put the finished piecing up on my design wall, mark where I want to cut and then I cut away. Admittedly it would be really hard to do on a quilt that’s too big for my design wall. This 60″ x 75″ large throw pushed the limits!
I can’t wait to quilt this one – the quilting is going to add so much to it.
One another note – check back here Monday because I’ll be launching my 4th Annual Action Kivu fundraiser! Can’t wait to see you then.
The fundraiser is to raise money for LeyoMyoSarcoma research, a rare cancer (you can read about it here) that Heather was recently diagnosed with. Heather is a do-er and an incredibly strong person, so she’s tackled treatment head on and is now working to raise money for research for this cancer.
A group of us made Heather a quilt when we learned of her cancer. If you know her at all, you know she’s a huge fan of all things cat related. We instantly knew that a Cat Quilt was in order. But a MODERN Cat Quilt?? Eek. I’ll admit the challenge was scary to me! All I had to deliver was one block though so I dove in and came up with this:
And here is Heather with the quilt all finished up!
Can you spare a few dollars for her fundraiser? If so, please give!
I was lucky enough to teach up at A quilters Affair and then go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Elizabeth and I also spoke at the Save it for Sunday event. The whole thing was great. I love Los Angeles, but I grew up in a town of 2000 people so it’s always really, really nice for me to spend time in a small town. Sisters, Oregon is so beautiful!
It’s the type of place where you’re teaching and you look up to see this!
My students sewed up tons of great work…
The show was fantastic and I had a couple of quilts hanging in the teachers’ tent.
And there were a few of my quilts hanging in the Save it for Sunday show.
It was such an amazing venue. The trees and wildflowers…
It was just so, so lovely.
I was so lucky to spend the week there. It was a truly wonderful time filled with teaching, quilting and friends!
I just spent the last week up in Sisters, OR for a week of teaching at the Quilters Affair and the Sisters’ Outdoor Quilt Show. It was an amazing week and I’ll get a blog post about it written up soon. Meanwhile, I thought I’d post all of the mini quilts that I sewed up for my various class samples.
This is a my January block, sewn up with three fabrics, rather than four. (Yes, I still needed to finish stitching the binding when I had time to snap these photos.)
The October block.
The July block.
The August block.
And finally a couple of different blocks from Block Party!
It was so much fun to work with these blocks again and be able to get some quick projects sewn up. Lots of work to sew up so many, but it was great to be able to mix and match with colors and my usual use of solids. Now, what to do with so many minis??
Finally finished up this little quilt! I love it. The quilting looks like it was randomly done, but it wasn’t. Each line follows along the edge of a different triangle… This was one of those quilting situations where you really aren’t sure you’re doing the right thing as it’s happening, but the end result is fantastic. I’m really happy with the overall effect!
Here’s the back:
I took a quick video of it for Instagram and thought I’d post it here too!
Tomorrow I’m headed up to Sisters, Oregon a week to teach and speak! I’m so looking forward to it. I should be a wonderful time. I’ll post all of the mini quilts I made for class samples soon!
I finished up my quilt that I made with Jay McCarroll‘s latest line, Center City. Of course I included lots of solids too to really make those prints shine!
It’s a different spin on this same idea…Lots more improv piecing this time around.
The more time I spend quilting the more I’m realizing that I like repeating some main design elements. But I think there’s something to be said for exploring a theme for a bit… I like each one a bit more than the previous!
For the back I used some big pieces of the same line.
Of course there’s loads of straight-line quilting and I also bound in my favorite print of the line. I so, so love the binding on this one. It’s so nice to get another quilt finished up!
Got this quilt top finished up over the weekend. I think the name of it is pretty self explanatory!
It’s hard to tell in photos but these darker triangles are actually both navy and black. And the one orange one is Kona Flame. It’s such a great color.
As of this week I’m back to working from home so I hope to find the time to finish this one up soon!
Catching up after a weekend up in Portland at Quilt Market. It’s always so much fun to see all of my sewing friends in person!
And how great see one of my Modern BOMs being used in a quilt the Art Gallery booth!
I’m finally finding time to announce the winner of Hand Quilted with Love. Exactly 100 of you commented and the random number generator gave me number 4. The winner is Kat! Congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me.
A long weekend and some sewing is on the horizon. Hope you all squeeze in some sewing time too!