I first came across Hands 2 Help last year. It’s organised by Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict, it’s a charity quilt challenge and each year different charities are chosen to benefit. Quilters from all over make a quilt for charity, last year nearly 150 quilts were donated.
The three charities chosen are in America and Canada, those of us from the rest of the world who wish to participate can either choose a local charity, or Sarah has kindly volunteered to quilt any tops sent over, saving us a lot of postage. Last year I made one and sent it to Project Linus here in UK.
This year I’m tempted to send one to the Canadian charity, Yukon Women’s Transition Home, which is a refuge for women and children in Whitehorse. A couple of years ago my daughter, Helen, spent six weeks in Whitehorse with the Army Cadets.
I’ve pledged to make at least one quilt, I’m definitely going to make a baby/child quilt, I’ve got a part jelly roll left from when I made a baby quilt last year so I’m hoping there will be enough to do a Jelly Roll Race quilt, they are so quick to make. It’s a moda jelly roll in peach, mint, yellow and blue so hopefully it will make a pretty quilt. I’ve also got a layer cake I bought ages ago, I thought it would be shades of grey, but when it arrived it was more beige, no good for a black and white quilt, it has sat in a drawer ever since, so depending on how time goes, I might make a simple quilt from that too. I’m very tempted to take Sarah up on her offer to quilt the tops to save on postage.
It’s sign up time now, so if you fancy making a quilt for charity, here’s a perfect opportunity to use up all those scraps and help someone in need. We’ve got until May 22nd to make them so they can all be posted off to arrive at the beginning of June. Plenty of time…