Monday, January 21, 2013

WIN the Red Cross Charity Quilt


The destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy was terrible. So when Amanda  contacted me about making a quilt to benefit the people affected by the storm, I jumped at the chance to help. I immediately had an idea to make a Red Cross inspired quilt using the Greek Cross block. I sketched it up and Amanda approved. I asked for volunteers from the Guild and from flickr to make blocks in red, grey, and white fabrics from their stash, using the tutorial at Fresh Lemon Quilts


 I worked on piecing those blocks for a couple of weeks, then contacted a couple of online quilt shops to see if anyone would be willing to donate extra wide quilt backing so that we didn't have to worry about also piecing the back. Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop came through and had that backing to me in a matter of days! She was awesome! 

I passed the quilt top and backing off to Amanda and she set to work basting and quilting it. She chose a lovely, curvy pattern that reminds me of the shape of double wedding ring quilts and sets off the pattern of the blocks beautifully. Agnes very kindly offered to bind the quilt and add the label.  Then it was back to Amanda so she could photograph the finished quilt. And here it is!

Now that you've seen the quilt, I KNOW you are wondering how you can have it for your very own. I will explain shortly, but first, a little back story. Originally, we had intended for all proceeds to go to the Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Sandy survivors. However, it has taken a little longer than intended to finish this quilt, so you now have two options. The Red Cross is a first responder, kind of like a paramedic on the scene, but they aren't able to stay for the months and years that it can take to recover from a disaster. So other organizations move in to help for the long haul, like doctors and physical therapists after an accident. Both are extremely critical needs in times of crisis. So, what does this have to do with the quilt? Well, in order to win it, you have two donation options. You can donate to the Red Cross, who was a big help in helping people that lost their homes or had to evacuate get shelter and necessary supplies, or you can donate to the Empire State Relief Fund, which is helping to fill the gap until federal funding for rebuilding is made available to the northeast. The Red Cross will use the money to assist future victims of disasters, and the Empire State Relief Fund is helping people affected by Hurricane Sandy rebuild. You choose! They will both appreciate your help.

For every $10 donated to either organization, you get one entry into a drawing for this quilt.  For every $50 donated you will receive 6 entries into a drawing for this quilt.  Please e-mail us the receipts for your donations to okcmqg@gmail.com.  This will allow us to create the correct number of entries for you as well as ensure that an actual donation was made.  We promise that your privacy is of the upmost importance to us.

Receipts for donations must be emailed to the OKC Modern Quilt Guild no later than midnight (Central Standard Time) February 13th.  A winner will be drawn and announced on February 14, 2013.  We will be sure to announce the winner on our blog and facebook page.  We will also e-mail the winner to get in touch with them about shipping the quilt.  Thank you in advance for your contributions to these organizations and helping those in need.

The quilt measures 72" square, is made with 100% cotton fabrics and 100% cotton quilt batting.

Donation Details:

You can donate to:  

For every $10 donated you receive one entry.  
For every $50 donated you receive 6 entries into the drawing.

Please e-mail the receipt for your donation to us at okcmqg@gmail.com.

Angelina

6 comments:

  1. This should be signed Angelina y Amanda!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! I only did it that way since it was written in first person. :) Which would be you speaking. So proud of you for all of the work you gathering the blocks and piecing this "bad boy."

      -Amanda-

      Delete
  2. I see the drawing is on the 14th, but what's the latest people can enter? Am I just missing the deadline?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can add a time if that makes it better for you. I guess in my head I was thinking "you" would have the donation in by the 13th so we could draw a name on the 14th. Let me know if you'd like something more specific.

      Delete
  3. Midnight cst on the 13th sound ok? I have international folks wanting to enter.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds great! The updates have been made. A big thanks to our future international donators! :)

      Delete