Hands2Help!




"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!


2017 represents the seventh year of the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  We've had an amazing six 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

I can’t wait to see what the seventh 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 - International Institute St. Louis

With all that has been in the news recently regarding refugees, there has been a lot of interest in making quilts for a refugee resettlement group.  A tip from a blog reader led me to the International Institute St. Louis.  The following is from their website...

The International Institute is St. Louis’ welcoming center for new Americans. Our mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength. 

We provide essential community integration services to more than 7,500 immigrants and refugees from 80 countries each year. Our clients range from low-skilled to high-skilled and from non-literate to university-educated. Many are refugees who have fled war-torn countries around the world. We also work to build connections between foreign-born and long-time residents....

Together, we can improve lives and help strengthen the St. Louis region.

When refugees arrive in America, they often come with little more than the clothes on their backs.  I have spoken with their office and, among other things, they are in need of twin size quilts (approximately 65" x 88") to be given to families being settled in the St. Louis area.  They requested no religious symbolism, but said that anything patriotic or seasonal themed, such as snowflakes or flowers, were particularly appreciated.  They are also a 501(c)(3) organization, so if you are in need of a charitable donation letter, they can provide this upon receipt of your quilt(s).

Charity #2 - 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 since the second year, and a whole lot of love and comfort has gone to them in the form of quilts over the past five years.  Emily accepts quilts of all sizes, from 48" square to twin size (approximately 65" x 88").  


   
      


Charity #3 - Camp Hobe via Stash Builder Box

Stash Builder Box is the brainchild of Amanda Kelly, and has a unique purpose (beyond building up your stash!)  Yes, you receive a great box of fabric and goodies each month, but in addition, 20% of the cost of your box goes to provide quilts for specific children's charities.  The charities change each three months, spreading the love around.  Amanda coordinates a team of HeartBuilders who take the supplies she sends and turns them into beautiful tops and finished quilts.  

She also accepts donations of completed quilts, so this year as part of the Hands2Help Challenge, you can choose to make quilts for this quarter's charity, which is Camp Hobe, a special summer camp experience for children currently being treated for cancer and their siblings.  Their mission is to create an atmosphere that enhances self-esteem, fosters independence and friendships, and creates a sense of belonging.

Your quilts for Camp Hobe should be at least 45" x 60" and geared towards children ages six and older.

NOTE:  If your quilt(s) arrive too late to make the Camp Hobe donation, they will be placed in the donation for the next quarter's charity, so if you especially want your quilt to go to Camp Hobe, be sure to send it early!



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With a variety of 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 this year, to allow more international participants, if you live outside North America and want to participate, you can send your quilt top and back to me and I will quilt it for you, to save you from having to pay huge international postage to ship a finished quilt.  Or in the alternative, you can choose a local charitable cause to give your quilt to.  So come on and join in, all you Canadians, 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!




Here's the calendar for this year's Hands2Help Challenge:


Initial signups will be Sunday March 12th through Saturday, March 18th.  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 19th, we'll announce the winners of the signup giveaway.  

On Sunday, March 26th, 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 2rd, 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 9th, April 16th, April 23th, April 30th, May 7th, and May 14th 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 16th and May 7th.

Quilts should be completed by the week beginning Sunday, May 21st.  There will be a linky party (May 21st through May 27th) 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 28th.

Quilts should be mailed to the appropriate charity by Friday, June 2nd.


Whew!  That's a lot of information to digest - but the important thing to remember is that signups start March 12th!   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.

19 comments:

  1. I am in for 2017 Hands2Help. Filled out the form, and emailed you :)

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  2. I'm so pleased to see the opportunity to make quilts for the refugee settlement effort. Thanks for coordinating that. I have a wedding quilt to make in practically the same time span as H2H but my goal is to make at least one quilt for the refugee effort.

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  3. When I clicked on the link for instructions to not be a no-reply blogger, it said I was not an invited reader to that site. FYI.

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  4. um, bummer -- I filled out the application to join in and then continued reading. What? I wasn't suppose to sign up now?? Let me know if I need to sign up again at the appropriate time. I love the idea of the group helping immigrants. Thanks for offering that charity.

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  5. Signed up and put the button on my blog...oops...maybe to early? This is wonderful and what charity to choose is difficult! Thanks so much for sponsoring this!

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  6. Added the button and I'll be back on 3/12 to sign up. Is it ok if I have a few quilts that I made last year that I was holding for H2H? Or do they need to be made between the dates?

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  7. Oh my gosh...it's that time already! Okey dokey!

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  8. Been waiting for this. 2017 calendar is now full for extra quilting activity. Now for a similar
    question to Jan's. I'm in two BOM's this year,
    If I don't layer and quilt until nexts years time span can they be used for the 2018 challenge? And one is a Christmas quilt, what about that?

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  9. I want to join, but the form in this post doesn't seem to link to anything for me. Help!?
    merryhands(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh.. does it go live starting on March 12? Oops.

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  10. Please count me in for 2017. I signed up on Sunday, but I never saw anything confirming my response. Hope you got it. When I can figure out how to add the button, I will. Thanks.

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  11. I did a blog post for H2H Sarah and I updated the H2H button on my blog. Yay!!!!

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  12. Thanks for the opportunity to make a charity quilt. Making several charity quilts each year is part of my quilting life. I am happy to make one for Happy Chemo! as I am a cancer survivor myself. Love your blog!!!!

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  13. Hi....I signed up last Sunday, blogged, and also put your button on my sidebar but I haven't had a response yet.....I signed up to send the baby quilt....

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  14. Signed up and ready. Button going on my blog today!

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  15. Button has been on my blog for a while.. forgot to mention.

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  16. Just signed up and put the button on my site.
    www.icanquilt2.com

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  17. can you send me the address for Happy Chemo? Thanks.

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  18. I didn't add my blog at sign up because I haven't done it in awhile. I'm wondering if thats why I can't click on the Party update. Can I add my blog now? Lilyvalleyquilts.blogspot.come for jodi52@aol.com

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Comments make me smile!! And I always respond if I can - if you don't hear from me, you're probably a no-reply blogger - so leave an email address if you are!