Hands2Help 2018!




"What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like."

Hi, all!

Things are all falling into place for this year's Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  I'm so excited to get this started!


2018 represents the eighth year of the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  We've had an amazing seven years...

2011:  47 quilters made 60 quilts
2012:  55 quilters made 94 quilts
2013:  65 quilters made 127 quilts
2014:  70 quilters made 145 quilts
2015:  67 quilters made 147 quilts
2016:  104 quilters made 194 quilts
2017:  125 quilters made 267 quilts

With last year's quilts, we passed the 1000 quilt mark!  I can’t wait to see what the eighth year of the Challenge has in store - so let’s begin!

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This year we have several great charities to choose from!  No matter what size quilt you like to make, I'm sure you'll find a perfect fit (or more!)  Here's some info about this year's charities...


Charity #1 - Little Lambs Foundation for Kids

Little Lambs Foundation for Kids is a non profit 501(c)3 Organization operating out of Utah which provides comfort kits to children ages newborn to 17 years old who are transitioning into foster care, emergency shelter or who have been hospitalized, by providing them with a little comfort in a bag.

Most children are removed from their home with nothing but the clothes on their backs and if they are able to take anything with them, they carry their precious belonging in a black trash bag.  Can you even imagine?  Little Lambs provides a backpack full of much needed hygiene and comfort items that can provide these children with something they can call their own, give them dignity and show them that their community loves them. 

The wonderful people who run this organization have given me the following information about their needs:  

"Baby to throw size quilts that will fit in a backpack would work perfectly.  We are a 501(c)3 so we would be happy to send charitable tax recipients.  So far this year we have delivered over 1300 new backpacks filled with items of necessities and comfort so any help you can assist with would be incredible to help warm the hearts of these little ones going through such traumatic situations."

Charity #2 - Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo!


Once again, Emily of Em's Scrap Bag will be collecting quilts to be donated to people undergoing chemotherapy.  This has been a favorite charity for the Challenge participants since the second year, and a whole lot of love and comfort has gone to them in the form of quilts over the past six years.  Quilty Hugs gives quilts to cancer patients through the Rack Pack, Primary Children's Hospital, and various chemo labs.  They are given to the patient for their own personal use.  Emily accepts quilts of all sizes, from 48" square to twin size (approximately 65" x 88").
  


Charity #3 - Victoria's Quilts Canada

One of last year's H2H participants, Linda Miller, has volunteered to be a collection point for quilt tops for Victoria's Quilts Canada.  Here's a little bit about their organization:

This mission of Victoria's Quilts Canada is to provide handmade quilts to people living with cancer in Canada.  By providing these quilts, we hope to bring physical comfort to those dealing with cancer, as well as spiritual comfort in knowing they are not alone in their struggle.

Donations for this charity will be a little bit different, so take careful note:  quilt TOPS only, measuring 50" x 70", made of 100% cotton.  Linda is located in Canada, so this charity will be particularly convenient for our Canadian participants, and if anyone elsewhere chooses to participate, the postage will be significantly reduced as opposed to mailing a completed quilt.



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With several great charities to choose from this year, you can make a wide variety of sizes and styles of quilts - something for everyone!! And if you're torn between the charities, feel free to make more than one quilt!  Just think how many wonderful designs you can try.... ;-)

And to encourage more international participants, if you live outside North America and want to participate, you can choose a local charitable cause to give your quilt to.  So come on and join in, all you Aussies, Brits, and Kiwis!  And anyone else who wants to join in!  

Ready to sign up?  Fill in the form below (place your cursor in the box below, scroll down to see all the fields to enter, then click SUBMIT) and you'll be all set!


Initial signups will be Sunday March 11th through Saturday, March 17th.  You will receive one entry for signing up, and can get additional entries for putting the button on your blog sidebar, and/or posting about the challenge to encourage others to join in!  (You can sign up after this time, but this is the period to sign up to be part of the signup giveaway.)

The following Sunday, March 18th, we'll announce the winners of the signup giveaway.  

On Sunday, March 25th, there will be a linky party where you can post links to your favorite on-line tutorials!  It could be a tutorial for a quilt pattern, or a technique like machine binding, or even a recipe for your favorite "while-I'm-quilting" snack or crock-pot meal!  You don't have to write the tutorial, you can link up to another blogger's tutorial.  If you love it, someone else might too!

Sunday, April 1st, you'll Meet The Sponsors!  So many generous people have stepped up to provide giveaways for all of you fabulous H2Hers, and I'm sure you'll want to see who they all are - and maybe even do a little shopping for the challenge with them!

And then there's the guest bloggers!  You will definitely want to be here on April 8th, April 15th, April 22ndApril 29thMay 6th, and May 13th as we get to peek into the creative lives of some of our fellow H2Hers!  

There will also be check-in dates like last year, when you can link up and show your progress....  April 15th and May 6th.

Quilts should be completed by the week beginning Sunday, May 20th.  There will be a linky party (May 20th through May 25th) to link your finished quilt and show it off, and giveaways for people who link up their quilts.  We've got some great sponsors this year!  Winners will be announced on May 27th.

Quilts should be mailed to the appropriate charity by Friday, June 1st.


Whew!  That's a lot of information to digest - but the important thing to remember is that signups start March 11th!   You can also start early by posting the Challenge button on your blog and/or doing a blogpost about the Challenge between now and then!

Woohoo!!  Let's get started!!

Hugs!

Sarah



If you'd like to read about the previous Hands2Help Challenges, click here and scroll back through the posts!
PS - if you've commented on any of the H2H posts and you haven't heard back from me, you are probably a "no-reply" blogger!  Check here for instructions on how to correct this problem, or leave your e-mail address in your comment so that I can reach you!  If you don't feel comfortable leaving your e-mail address out in public, you can e-mail me directly at salliesue57(at)gmail(dot)com.






And now, some special mentions and thank-yous...


The quote at the top of the page is from St. Augustine.  I doubt he’s reading this, but I wanted to give him credit anyway!


The artwork that forms the background of the H2H button was created by Laura of Photography by Laura, who graciously gave us permission to use it for our button.

12 comments:

  1. So excited to join this challenge again this year. Thanks so much for hosting and organizing it!

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  2. I'm happy to join in again this year!
    The Canadian charity--we can send only this specific sized quilt top? I have at least one top that I would donate, but I don't think it's that size.

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  3. I'm thrilled to participate again this year! Thanks for rounding up another great list of charities. I may not make the June 1st shipping deadline, since we're going to be traveling in the Caribbean from February thru June, but I'll do my best!

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  4. I missed last year, I’ll do double this year!

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  5. Looking forward to this again :)

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  6. I knew it was getting close to time. Your post of@/% made me come and look and see if anything was posted yet. Yea! I linked up. I think, I guess it worked.
    It said my response was recorded. Sorry, I did that before I read on down.

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  7. As usual I'll drop my finished quilts to Emily and send pix to Sarah.

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  8. I was thinking about this recently and realized that I hadn't read about it yet. I guess life got in the way and I got behind on reading blog posts. I'm thrilled to be a part of this again and will gladly sent along some door prizes and be a guest blogger, if you still need help with those things. Have a great week!

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  9. I have been hunting for places to send handmade gifts to. This is perfect.

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  10. Sarah, The H2H button html is incorrect. You need to fix the page link. It takes us to a page that doesn't exist when clicked on.

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  11. I'm in again. My quilt or quilts will be once again going to Ronald MacDonald House in London, ON.

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  12. Just lost my husband and I am ready to make donation quilts again.

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