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Quilts for Good

Photos of the Rainbow Quilters group at work during one of their twice-monthly meetings.

People helping people…through the art of quilting! We’re highlighting
just a few of the generous quilters and groups using quilts to give back
to others.

But first, we have some great news to share! At the most recent Quilt Festival in Houston, we offered tote bags from previous years’ shows for only $1, with all proceeds going directly to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. In total, $13,712 was raised through the sale of tote bags and additional donations from Quilt Festival attendees. A huge “thank you” to all who purchased a tote bag or donated!

Quilt for a Cause: Sewing a Cure for Women’s Cancer

Among the quilts on display as part of the “In the American Tradition” exhibit at Quilt Festival in Houston was a lovely creation by quilters Pat Curtis and Suzanne Irving. The quilt, Petals and Plumes, was a “hand-sewing experiment” by Curtis, who says she used reproduction fabrics to achieve a truly vintage look.

Beyond its charming appearance, there’s another reason to adore Petals and Plumes—the artists are offering the quilt for auction or sale through Quilt for a Cause, an organization based in Tuscon, Arizona, that auctions and sells handmade quilts and quilt patterns donated by quilters to support breast and gynecological cancer research.

Since it’s founding in 2003, the group has raised over $860,000 and donated 99% of those proceeds to Tuscon-area organizations in support of research, training, and assistance for uninsured and under-insured women. Early recipients included the American Cancer Society and Tuscon Medical Center Foundation’s Joel Childers M.D. Fund. More recently, proceeds have been split between Tuscon Medical Center Foundation and St. Elizabeth’s Health Clinic. Funds have been used for training OB/GYN doctors on the latest surgical procedures, breast cancer screening for uninsured and under-insured women, and purchasing state-of-the-art equipment for the Center’s GYN surgical center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Quilters

Following the first “Quilts for Good” feature we included in Friends@Festival, we heard from quilter and Midland, Michigan resident Femke Huisman, who told us about a charity group she started several years ago to create quilts for men, women, and children in her local shelter.

The group started as an informal gathering of fellow Dutch-speaking friends (Huisman, herself, is originally from the Netherlands) in her home with a few crafts and coffee. The group soon expanded, and the now 20 volunteers meet twice monthly in the basement of Huisman’s home to make quilts for others.

The group’s name, Rainbow Quilters, alludes to the idea that rainbows represent new horizons and hope, and a “message of hope” is sewn onto each quilt that reads “trace the rainbow through the rain.”

The quilts are provided to shelter guests at Midland’s Open Door Crisis Shelters, where Huisman and many of the group’s members also volunteer. In 2017, the group was able to make and donate 97 quilts for the shelter and an additional 30 quilts for hurricane evacuees in Texas and Florida.

 

10-Year-Old Sews Quilts to Help Homeless

Petals and Plumes by Pat Curtis and quilted by Suzanne Irving.

Lucy Crouse, 10, with quilts and stuffed toys she
created for Second Step Housing. Photo by Amanda Cowan/
The Columbian.

Lucy has also worked to raise money for her operation, which she calls Lucy’s Stitched Hugs. She made and sold pies to family and friends before Thanksgiving, sold parts of her LEGO collection, and asked only for fabrics to make more quilts for her birthday. Her mom started a GoFundMe page to help raise additional funds for Lucy’s heart-warming project. And Lucy was even honored as a “Kid Hero” by GoFundMe—an honor that came with a $1,000 donation to her account.

You can read the full store and learn more about the exceptional Lucy Crouse HERE >>

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