Sunday, March 21, 2021

Quiltsy Cares 2021 - Quilts

National Quilting Day is the third Saturday in March (March 20 this year). The Quiltsy Team celebrates National Quilting Day by giving away quilts. This year the group gave away several quilts and many, many more masks. Today we’re highlighting just a few of the quilters who donated quilts to their favorite charities during the year.
Jen Ivey of QuiltsClothsCovers, Pamela Boatright of PamelaQuilts, Sally Manke of SallyManke, Maryellen McAuliffe of MaryMackMadeMine, Lily Sweeney of TheBattyQuilter, and Mary of QuiltingGranny participated. Click on the photos to read what they had to say about their donations.

Jen Ivey of QuiltsClothsCovers in Auburn, California donated three bed size quilts to California fire victims.

Pamela Boatright of PamelaQuilts in Coos Bay, Oregon donated a quilt that will be auctioned off by the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Oregon during their 2021 dinner and auction in November. She supports the Boys and Girls club because of the great work they do for children in her town, and also because that is the location where her quilt guild has held their annual Quilt show for many years. She has donated for their auctions in the past. This quilt was also part of the Island Batik Ambassador’s February Challenge “Create for a Cause” and you can read more about it on her blog.

Sally Manke of SallyManke in Arcadia, Michigan donated a child’s quilt (or wall quilt) that will be auctioned off by the Michigan Legacy Art Park. The Art Park encompasses many of the things that are important to Sally including kids, nature, hiking, education, and the arts. This outdoor venue brings art, nature and history together with over 50 sculptures dedicated to Michigan’s history on a wooded hiking trail. Hundreds of area students visit the outdoor classroom to study math, science and history each year. There is also an outdoor concert venue. This quilt was also part of the Island Batik Ambassador’s February Challenge “Create for a Cause.”

Maryellen McAuliffe
 of MaryMackMadeMine in Franklin Square, New York donated a full-sized quilt to her high school, Sacred Heart Academy in celebration of her 40th high school reunion. The quilt will be raffled off to help a deserving student cover tuition. This quilt was also part of the Island Batik Ambassador’s February Challenge “Create for a Cause.”

Lily Sweeney of TheBattyQuilter in Bar Harbor, Maine, donated cat beds made with batting scraps to the SPCA of Hancock County, Maine. Lily’s family is home to two humans and three dachshunds. Two were adopted and they have added to the Sweeney home their happy, funny, and charming personalities. Lily is thankful every day for the ownership of their pets, and the wonderful SPCA that brought them into their lives! The SPCA in Hancock Maine takes in, spays, and re-homes over 600 cats a year. Wow! is that making her pooches bark, and bark, and bark!
How to help? When life gives you batting scraps, and tons of fabric, the answer is easy. Cat Beds! Each cat bed is 18 inches by 40 inches. How to make a cat bed:
   1. Fold the fabric and sew it like a pillow case, double sew each side for strength.
   2. Fill each cat bed 2/3rd's of the way up, with cut up fabric leftovers, and batting.
   3. Sew the pillowcase/cat bed shut and it’s finished.
To date Lily has donated 18 cat beds, and looking at her stash, she sees many more to come and she hopes these cats stay warm and comfortable until they find their forever homes.

Mary of QuiltingGranny in Lincoln, Nebraska donated placemats as part of the Lincoln Quilters Guild that made 560 to donate to the Tabitha Meals on Wheels, which provides nutritious and delicious home-delivered meals and fosters independence for seniors and people with disabilities. The placemats were delivered in December to help cheer up the meals on wheels clientele.

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